Leonard Meyer has been analyzing what he sees to come up with a solution for Team Ford customers since 1983 (but we’d be willing to bet even before then). Whether it’s an issue with an F-150 in the Team Ford Service Department, or analyzing a swing out on a ball diamond somewhere, Leonard carefully assesses the situation then comes up with a solution. That might be why a few of the guys call him coach. Well, that and all the baseball coaching.
A love of, and a talent for, all things automotive led Leonard to become a journeyman mechanic. After an unfortunate incident in which he lost all of his tools, Leonard decided to continue his service career, only this time, working with the customers as an advisor. He credits his hands-on knowledge as being part of how he can build a rapport with clients, and convey what’s being done to their vehicles (and why it needs to be done). Of course, getting Leonard to take credit for things is another task entirely; he’s won the Ford Summit Award for top service scores in Western Canada two years running, as well as a Baseball Alberta Builders Award, but good luck having him volunteer the information.
The Baseball Alberta Builders Award is another example of the analytical approach Leonard takes to everything he does. He created a program for Baseball Alberta that has since been adopted at NAIT as a high-performance program for athletes. Of course, when Leonard started coaching baseball about 20 years he knew next to nothing about the sport—in fact, he never even played it. But after immersing himself into the sport and going to countless coaching clinics, while being an overall student of the game, he learned enough to lead a team of ten-year-olds who had never played to eventually winning the provincials. His coaching career isn’t over either, and he still receives calls to this day from his former players.
Of course, when he’s not at Team Ford or on a baseball diamond, he’s generally camping with his friends in his new trailer or spending time with his family consisting of his wife of 37 years, two children, and brand new granddaughter. Oh, and probably winning some awards along the way too. But a good coach doesn’t care about individual accomplishments—only the team ones.