Milwaukee man headed to Little League World Series as coach of year

Milwaukee Lake Park coach Antonio Colón was named the national Little League coach of the year for 2022 and earned a trip to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, to receive his plaudit during the Little League World Series.

Antonio Colón had no idea anyone had even floated his name for a prestigious national recognition until he found out he was a finalist for Little League coach of the year.

On Friday, the Lake Park Little League (Milwaukee) coach leaves for Williamsport, Pennsylvania, where he’ll be presented with the award during the Little League World Series.

The 37-year-old Brown Deer resident has been coaching youth baseball since 2016, and when a call came from a representative at Lance snack foods (which sponsors the plaudit), he figured it was nice just to have gotten that far. But to win?

“It’s an honor, very unexpected,” Colon said. “I’m thankful for the opportunity to be able to coach, I am very thankful for the nomination for the parents of Lake Park Little League, as well as their commitment to the game with getting their kids to practices, giving their kids an opportunity to enjoy the game and show me the passion they have for it. It’s been awesome.”

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