"After 40 years you look, the fields the same, everything is the same, the kids look so much younger obviously because I am an older age but the fire and the zest and all of the things of opening baseball, high school baseball it's just exhilarating,” said Ronnie Powell, former Davidson baseball coach.
40 years later, his love and passion for the game is as strong as ever.
"I have so much fire in me right now and I want go out there and play and I am 68 years old and I want to go there and play and get after it right now,” said Coach Powell.
Coach Powell has quite the resume. Back-to-back State Championships with Davidson.
Then two more Junior College State titles with Enterprise State.
Then he went back to his Alma mater, South Alabama, and was the pitching coach for 20 years where within that time the Jags went to 17 Regional tournaments.
It is safe to say he knows the secret to success.
"Whether it be the New England Patriots, the Alabama Crimson Tide or the Davidson warriors, it's the system you put in and it all boils down to hard work,” said Coach Powell.
A philosophy that still exist at Davidson to this day.
"Trying to do the same thing as these boys. Leave it on the field, nothing for granted and just go all out because you might never get to play again,” said Mike Harrell, Davidson’s head baseball coach.