Supporting Softball Players
New scholarship honors beloved coach, father, husband
The Carl “Bud” Teeter IV Scholarship Fund is created by his family: his wife, Claudine Teeter, and daughters Alexandria and Gabrielle. The family wanted to start a scholarship in his honor to help a graduating Greater Johnstown senior softball player in her dreams of playing at the collegiate level.
Carl was a long time employee of the Greater Johnstown School District, working as an electrician. In 2007, he was given the opportunity to be the head coach at Mount Aloysius College. Carl coached at MAC from 2007 until his passing in 2017. In 2013, he was offered the head electrician position at the new ACWC on Mount Aloysius’s campus. Before Carl stepped into the head coach position, the softball program had only won a total of five games in five years. Not long after Carl started his legacy at the Mount, he became the most winningest coach at the college. Outside of work and softball, Carl enjoyed staying active and loved the outdoors, especially fishing and hunting.
Carl’s oldest daughter, Alexandria, started playing for her father when she was 5 years old and played for him throughout her entire life; she even followed him to the Mount where she continues to hold many records. Alexandria was also on Carl’s travel teams, including Tri-County Thunder and PA Elite. Carl also coached Alexandria and the DuBois Xtreme team in Florida for the World Series.
Gabrielle was also inspired to join softball in summer leagues during elementary school as she saw how her father poured his heart into his softball teams each year. She remembers all the nights he came home after a long day just to sit and write up more plays and drills.
“My dad showed up early for every sporting event and would be the last to leave,” she said. “Our dad was tougher on us than any other players, and we feel that is how we are managing to get by. He always said you need to have thick skin. This scholarship is definitely something he would be doing himself if he were still here.”
Gabrielle and mother Claudine would come to every game of Carl’s that they could. They loved watching him coach and Alexandria play. Claudine always supported her husband in every way possible through his coaching career. Even though it took time away from their family as a whole, Claudine loved how inspiring Carl was to many girls and their families.
“Everyone loved Bud and he was always willing to lend a hand and advice,” Claudine said.
He was always working to help young people improve themselves. One piece of advice Claudine found from her husband’s binder was this: “It’s all about process, not always about results. Many players today want to skip the process. Focus on the process, and you’ll get results.”
Three years after Carl’s passing, and into the future, the new scholarship will honor his passion for the sport and helping young players succeed.
“Ever since my dad passed in 2017, I wanted to do something to honor him and at the same time give back to the community,” Gabrielle said. “He would care about that, too. He looked out for other people first, no matter who they were.”