The city of Ardmore recently acquired a new Parks and Recreation employee with a background in professional baseball.
Marty Wiesler, Recreation Supervisor, started his first day on the job Monday. Wiesler previously played baseball for an independent league, playing for the Chillicothe Paints and Evansville Otters for several years.
Wiesler and his wife, Cortney, moved to the Ardmore area in January 2015 from Omaha, Neb.
“My wife was an assistant coach with Creighton University with women’s soccer and I was the camp coordinator for the baseball team there at the university,” he said.
Before that, Wiesler was a teacher and a high school baseball coach in Lexington, Ky. and Cortney worked at the University of Kentucky on the operations side of things. After moving from Kentucky, to Nebraska, to Oklahoma, Cortney started the very first women’s soccer program at Murray State College.
“She followed me around when I was going after my dream, so it was my turn,” Wiesler said.
Since making Oklahoma their home over a year ago, Wiesler said he has been training baseball kids on the side and working with the right-of-way crew with the city. As the new recreation supervisor, he will be helping put on all athletic events through the city, both at Regional Park and at Heritage Hall.
“The thing I’m looking forward to most is getting involved in athletics in the community and trying to, hopefully, bring more options and get newer people out to the parks,” he said. “Maybe bring in a new crowd in.”
Training baseball kids is one of his favorite hobbies, he said. Wiesler also enjoys fishing and riding motorcycles.
“I really enjoy trying to help kids move on and go to college if that’s an ambition they have. I’ve really enjoyed that a lot.”
As softball starts up and summer draws closer, Parks and Recreation Director Teresa Ervin said she’s excited to have all the administration positions filled since the addition of Wiesler and new programs coordinator at the HFV Wilson Community Center, Lauren Moore. Aside from the position Wiesler vacated with the right-of-way crew, they are fully staffed, Ervin said.