Carlton dedicates backstop for coach
CARLTON – Scott Whittier played for the Carlton Clippers when he was a kid. When his sons were old enough to play, he was eager to volunteer as a coach for the Little League team.
“He loved sports and working with the kids,” said his son Shawn, 18.
“He was an all-around active guy,” said oldest son Taylor, 20.
For eight years Scott coached the Clippers. He also worked with youth football teams.
“He was very good with the kids,” said Dennis Jones, an assistant coach for the team the past 19 years. “He never singled out any kid. We worked with them all, each and every kid.”
Whittier was 44 when he died last May 13 on Mother’s Day. He fell three stories while doing a roofing job in Brockport, and died following complications from surgery, his family said.
On Thursday, the Carlton Clippers, community members and Whittier’s family dedicated a new backstop in memory of Whittier. A plaque on the fence lists Whittier’s popular saying to the team: “Always Do Your Best.”
The field behind the Carlton Recreation Hall on Route 98 has long needed a new backstop. Many foul balls passed over the top of the old fence and players had to retrieve them in the woods, sometimes brushing against poison ivy.
The new backstop has a crown on the top to help contain foul balls to the field.
Memorials for Whittier, as well as donations and a bowling tournament fund-raiser covered the cost for the project, which was spearheaded by Whittier’s fiancée Donna Hess.
“He loved to coach sports, whether football or baseball,” Hess said. “We wanted something that would be here for generations as a memorial. Scott played here and coached here, so it’s perfect.”
Bryan Caitlin, the team’s coach this year, said Whittier was well liked by players and their parents.
“He was a great guy who would do anything for you,” Caitlin told the crowd on Thursday. “It’s not easy to lose someone like that but he’s here everyday.”