It has been a forty-plus-year journey working with children and their families that has led Steve to constructing this book. A career in helping professions that has seen him serve in youth justice, social services, refugee housing, youth ministry, and schooling has informed Steve’s life journey profoundly
Growing up mostly in rural Nova Scotia, Steve played multiple sports as a kid, through his high school years, and into young adulthood. He attended St. Francis Xavier University, where as part of the basketball program, he earned a degree in Literature and History (’84), and was mentored by legendary coach Steve Konchalski - in life even more than in sport. Almost two decades of working with kids and parents in other fields led Steve back to Antigonish, where he garnered an Education Degree (’02). Since 2002, the Lloyd family has lived in the Calgary, Alberta, area, where Steve has, at different times, worked as a teacher, run baseball programs fulltime, been a consultant, and has coached two sports in addition.
In the sports world, Steve has coached high school basketball in the Toronto area, in Nova Scotia, and in Alberta; he’s coached at grass-roots, junior high, and high school levels. He’s consulted and assisted with the collegiate basketball program at his alma mater, and served for four years with the Senior Men’s National team in a variety of capacities. His baseball experience has ranged from the early coaching years in his home town as a student, to consulting with elite programs around North America. During his years in Alberta, Steve has done a lot. He has coached Little League, both in house-league and summer “All-Stars” from ’05 to ‘09. In 2008, he founded Coyote Baseball (a development-centered performance youth program), created Ripken Canada, and, later, Alberta Cal Ripken Baseball (for 9 to 12 year-olds) to expand opportunities for player development in Calgary and beyond. Under his leadership, Ripken Canada teams based out of Alberta represented this country in eight out of ten years (’08, ’10, ‘12, ‘13, ‘14, ‘15, ‘16, ‘17) until his retirement from fulltime baseball. Prior to that retirement, partnering with several corporate leaders in Calgary, Steve designed and implemented the establishment of Coyote Den in 2015, which remains today as one of Calgary’s premiere year-round baseball training centres
Just as he has throughout the last thirty years, Steve continues ongoing work with coaches, athletic departments, and business leaders around North America. His consulting agency, Patch29TeamBuilders, offers programs for team-building, culture development, and family & player advisement. Steve’s current research and writing project is centered on concepts related to “coaching towards character, climate, and culture”, and is intended for coaches, teachers, and culture-managers everywhere. He continues his passion for coaching kids and families - in sport and through life. To the point of this publication, Steve has worked with hundred of kids who have moved on to collegiate athletics, and a handful who have advanced to professional ranks in their sport.