July 9, 2010
GREG KAPPAS--Pitcher for Marshall baseball from 1973-77 for head coach Jack Cook. Kappas came to Marshall from Newport Catholic High School in Newport, Ky., and broke the Marshall school record for career wins in 1977.
FONDEST ON FIELD MEMORY IN A MARSHALL UNIFORM--"Pitching a shutout at Clemson in my sophomore year in 1975. Clemson was one of the best teams in the country and we beat them 4-0. They had an All-American outfielder in Denny Walling who went on to a great career with the A's, Astros and Cardinals. I had played with Denny in the summer in the Shenandoah Valley League in the summer of 1974. We should have received a bid to the NCAA Tournament in 1975. We felt we were one of the best 15 teams in the country."
BEST OFF FIELD MEMORY AT MARSHALL--"Becoming a Christian in 1975 through the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ and a local church. My first two years of walking with God are some of the best memories of my spiritual journey. I miss the spiritual and social camaraderie we had at Marshall."
TELL US ABOUT YOUR LIFE AFTER MARSHALL--"The Boston RedSox were willing to offer a free agent contract in 1977, but I felt called to ministry instead. I went on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ at the University of Kentucky for three years and I led bible studies with the men's basketball team. They won the NCAA championship in 1978."
"In 1980, I went to the west coast and went to seminary and earned two master's degrees and a doctorate. I met my wife Debbie, an Auburn graduate and we married in 1982. I worked for many years as a church planter on the west coast."
"Today, I live in southeast Florida and I work in two ministries - I am the founder/president of Grace Global Network and the executive director of the Timothy Initiative. I have two daughters. My oldest daughter Michele is 20 and plays soccer at Palm Beach Atlantic. My youngest daughter, Tiffany is 12. Please tell everyone at Marshall that I hope to see them some day soon and that I am so thankful to have been a student-athlete for the Herd."