Courageous WWU Alum to Tell His Inspirational Story

Michael Minner, 2003 William Woods University graduate and former Owls pitcher, will return to campus this week to tell his story as part of the Alumni Speakers Series.

His story is one of courage and inspiration.

Minner will speak about his life “from the pitcher’s mound to the coach’s dugout—from learner to art instructor” at 3 p.m. Friday (Oct. 12) in the Library Auditorium.

A graduate of Cape Central High School in Cape Girardeau, Minner was recruited to play on the first-ever William Woods baseball team, starting in 1999.

It wasn’t always easy for Minner, whose right arm extends only to his elbow and has just three fingers. He’s missing two bones in each leg and his right leg is shorter than his left. He stands just 5’2”.

An art education major at William Woods, Minner now teaches art at Charleston High School in Charleston, Mo. He also serves at the head baseball coach and head women’s basketball coach.

Minner’s advice, given in a 1999 interview while he was at WWU, is just as strong today as it was then: “If you want it bad enough and work hard enough, there’s nothing you can’t do. You can’t let other people tell you that you can’t do something. You have to know what you can do; it comes from within.”


Michael Minner in 1999, as a pitcher and student at William Woods University.