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Steve hits his Hometown

Last month Steve and his wife Sharon visited Steve’s hometown of Freehold, NJ. “I always love getting back to see the family and old friends. Sharing my roots and stories of my past with Sharon is always very special to me”. 13406789_1025354627513642_1922466715059833721_n No visit to Freehold would ever be complete without a stop at Steve’s favorite pizza spot, Federici’s.  “I really think Fed’s is my inspiration for Turtle Bay Pizza. I love their thin crust” Smith says. “The best part of it all was having many family members their to enjoy it with me. We had a small family reunion and it was very special.” 13339602_1023838064331965_3394171108479526434_n13417680_1023833460999092_1716341617587186860_n Smith says there are a few eateries that he has to hit while back home. He always gets a sub from Sorrentos, Ice Cream from Jersey Freeze, and a few beers with friends at the Court Jester. 13428577_1025485440833894_2247747415007116815_n Steve and Sharon spent a lot of time with his parents Agnes and Bill and sister Tracy. “We took a few rides to the beach and hit the boardwalk. I really miss the Jersey Shore. This area will always be special to me. By far though, the most important part of the trip was spending time with my parents. Living so far away is difficult at times especially as time rolls on. I realize I definitely would not be where I am today without them.” Smith went on to say, “They always gave me great support and encouragement growing up. I always played sports and I was a fair athlete at best but they always made me feel special. Like I could always succeed. I also realize now that I surely got my work ethic from my parents.” Steve’s father, Bill, worked for the local electric company as a mechanic and mom, Agnes, drove a school bus for the local school system. “I remember every power outage getting calls in the middle of the night for my dad to go into work and he would. Also, I don’t think i ever remember my mother taking a day off from work. Not ever!” 13507138_1027343863981385_4692743097831393904_n13435540_1027343143981457_6217225507308813472_n Steve and Sharon also made a visit to Freehold Borough High School. Home of the Colonials. They met with Steve’s former baseball coach Jon Block, also spending time with former teachers and coaches Jim Gill, Stan Parker, and Rick Lister. Smith says, “I was surprised to see that there were still a few familiar faces around. I had so many coaches and teachers I’d like to be able to thank. It was really nice seeing them”. 13445738_1205560356129217_8356064586266342973_n “This place will always have great memories for me. What a thrill it was to get a chance to walk the halls again. I haven’t been back inside since 1988. Much has changed and the place looks great.” Smith explained the he learned so much from Block about preparation and attitude. Smith’s senior year was Block’s first as skipper of the Colonials squad. “It was really amazing to see the transformation. In my first 3 years at the Boro, we stunk. Never finishing at or near .500. When block took over, things instantly changed. We prepared like never before. With that preparation came confidence and an attitude that we could win every time we took the field. Knowing that we were prepared allowed us to play with a confidence and attitude that we had never had before. Nothing was really different about the players, same guys. But we were always prepared and knew we could succeed. I feel like I keep those lessons with me in my work still today”.  Block led  the Colonials to their first conference championship in years in ’88. He has had many since and recently gone on to win his 300th career game as a head coach.