The USC School of Law and its starting line up for Trenholm Little League

Baseball is often considered one of the most analytical sports, and so it’s no surprise that among the game’s biggest fans are lawyers. And that doesn’t apply just to the big leagues. 

Case in point is the deep involvement of faculty and staff at the University of South Carolina School of Law with the Trenholm Little League (TLL) here in Columbia.

Dean Wilcox waits to throw first pitch.

Dean Wilcox waits to throw out first pitch.

Almost able to field their own team, at least nine faculty members are–or have been–involved with TLL, whether as coaches or just parents cheering for their children. In fact, at the 2016 opening day celebration on March 12, Dean Rob Wilcox, threw out the first pitch. Wilcox previously served as vice president of the league, and also coached both of his sons, one of whom now works for the Chicago Cubs. 

Gary Moore with oldest son, Matthew, at the celebration.

Gary Moore with oldest son, Matthew, at the celebration.

Gary Moore, an assistant dean at the School of Law, admits that it was Wilcox who got him involved with TLL shortly after he came to the law school in 2012. Moore, who also coaches, is the league president for 2015-16. 

“When the Dean made me an offer for the Assistant Dean position, he said that I had to come down here with my family first to make sure that this is what they wanted.  When we came down here and he met my sons Matthew and Jonathan, the Dean told them about Trenholm Little League.  And nearly four years later, here I am now president of the league, with already so many countless memories of our two sons playing baseball here,” said Moore.

Professors Phil Lacy and Michael Virzi have also volunteered their time as coaches with TLL, and a number of other faculty members have children playing this year, including Joseph Seiner, Derek Black, Claire Raj, Joshua Gupta-Kagan, and Marcia Zug.

“So many law school faculty, staff and even alumni have been or are involved with Trenholm Little League, with some having been coaches and others who are currently coaching,” said Moore. “It’s great to see the law school giving back to the community, helping kids not only become better baseball and softball players, but also learning good sportsmanship, teamwork and how to work with a purpose.   These are life lessons that will help them achieve success down the road, no matter what career they choose.”