Steve Mondschein has a big responsibility at PPL Electric Utilities. As a health and safety specialist based in the Lehigh Valley, his job is to help keep workers safe and find ways to improve the overall safety of employees.

He plays an equally significant role off the job as an assistant coach of the Whitehall High School baseball team, helping young men to improve on the field and navigate high school life off of it.

It’s a challenge that Mondschein (pictured at left, at the Whitehall High baseball field) cherishes, given his love for the game and helping others.

The pitching coach recently helped guide the Zephyrs to their first Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Class 5A state championship game – a 7-0 loss to Latrobe.

Despite the loss, Mondschein couldn’t be more proud. It’s the furthest a Whitehall baseball team has ever gone. And two of the team’s pitchers will be playing in college next year.

But his work goes beyond the mechanics of baseball. Mondschein is also teaching young men lessons about perseverance, working hard and dealing with adversity, skills they can use off the field as well.

“The biggest thing for me is teaching the kids different things about baseball, but also about life,” said Mondschein, a former Whitehall High pitcher who went on to play on the collegiate level at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. “It’s pretty gratifying to see how far these guys have come, both on and off the field. There’s really nothing more rewarding than helping someone get through the challenges of their teenage years.”

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