Tina Whitlock continues her incredible journey of faith and trusting the Lord as she blazes new trails for women everywhere.

I had the opportunity to talk with my friend Tina Whitlock, who is one of only five females to be coaching in professional baseball.  She was hired as a fourth coach in the St. Louis Cardinals organization this past spring.

Tina’s story isn’t just about being a trailblazer and breaking glass ceilings, more importantly, it’s one of faith, grit, determination and resilience.  Tina became a widow and a mother to her second son within nine days of each other and her journey ever since has been nothing short of amazing.

After being at spring training for about two weeks and living a dream, the COVID-19 pandemic brought life as we know it to screeching halt.  As she experiences what she calls the strangest weather delay of her life, she still stays positive and trusts that God will continue to provide for her and her family, just as He provides for the birds.  After losing her husband, she has made Matthew 6:26 their family mantra: “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”

She grew up playing both baseball and softball in her youth, and went on to be a two-time collegiate softball All-American at the University of South Carolina.  She set a number of batting records during her tenure, and helped her 1997 Gamecock squad win the SEC Tournament and book a trip to the Women’s College World Series. She earned a spot on the U.S. national team and played in the pros.

After her playing days ended, she started her coaching career, which has taken her among other places, to New York, the United Kingdom and now into the professional baseball ranks.  Even with this pause, she is confident that God has a greater plan for us as we come out of this pandemic.