Current professional baseball coach James Vilade shares his words and life experiences in sports after overcoming obesity and dyslexia as a child. Delivering keys to success through motivation, inspiration and care, Vilade takes the audience on a journey that motivates the crowd to achieve more than they ever thought possible individually and as a team. His stories will make you laugh, cry, thin ...
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Current professional baseball coach James Vilade shares his words and life experiences in sports after overcoming obesity and dyslexia as a child. Delivering keys to success through motivation, inspiration and care, Vilade takes the audience on a journey that motivates the crowd to achieve more than they ever thought possible individually and as a team. His stories will make you laugh, cry, think and be inspired. Over the past 15 years Vilade has delivered his powerful motivational message to thousands. Vilade has served as a speaker for The Boys and Club, University of Texas System, Texas GED program, Special Olympics and many other great organizations.
Vilade works for the Texas Rangers Baseball Club (MLB) as a minor league coach and North Texas scout. Vilade spent 11 years as an NCAA head baseball coach. Vilade had the opportunity to start two college baseball programs from the ground up: he was the head coach at the University of Dallas for the first four seasons of its reinstated baseball program before guiding the University of Texas at Tyler through the first seven years of its program. In his 11 seasons as a head coach, Vilade compiled a career record of 348-117. His .748 career winning percentage makes him one of the best coaches in the history of NCAA sports and the second-winningest coach in the history of NCAA baseball in Texas. In 2007, Vilade coached the University of Texas at Tyler to a 37-1 record. Vilade's historic 2007 team is featured in the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.
Vilade received his Bachelor's Degree in Telecommunications from Baylor in 1995. Vilade also earned his Master's Degree in Sports Management from the United States Sports Academy in 2003. Vilade has spent more than 20 years focusing on community service, during which time he has directed well over 200 community service events and humanitarian efforts reaching both local communities and foreign countries. During his career in community service, Vilade has been honored by the Texas State House of Representatives, the University of Texas System, the NCAA, and the Boys and Girls Club of East Texas. During the George W. Bush Administration, Vilade received the United States Presidential Gold Service Award for his volunteer efforts, and, alongside former Florida State football coaching legend Bobby Bowden, Vilade was recently honored by the United States Sports Academy for his active role in community service. For his success in both baseball and community service, Vilade was featured in the 2010 Baylor Alumni Magazine and was named the 2009 United States Sports Academy Alumnus of the Year. In that same year Vilade became the only person in the history of UT Tyler athletics to have his jersey retired - #12. On October 16, 2011, Vilade was inducted into the University of Dallas Athletics Hall of Fame.