Chris Ford, former Lake View High School stand out in baseball, and football just completed the regular 4-week course for the Fundamentals for Umpires held in Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida.
At the end of the 4 weeks, 25 guys were selected from this class to attend the Advance Course for a job at the professional level.
Also, 25 students from the Harry Wendelstedt School also competed that brought the total to 50 for only 21 openings.
Chris Ford is one of the fortunate ones and is now expecting a call to go to Extended Spring Training in April in Arizona or Florida.
Ford said he would like to thank Coach Johnny Dew, who got him on the path to umpiring and pushed him to pursue umpiring professionally. “I thank God for him daily, for our friendship, and for him being my mentor. He’s a great man of God and a great person,” Ford said.