Year Inducted – 2018
Greg graduated from Shenandoah Valley Academy in New Market, Virginia in June of 1968. He attended Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Maryland and then went on to Akron University.
As a hitting instructor, Greg has taught “Hit With Confidence” over the past 25 years. Through coaching, hitting classes, clinics, etc., he has been part of thousands of area youth lives over many generations.
Greg began coaching baseball in 1969 and this summer he will celebrate his 50th year of coaching. In 1969 he took over the “E” League team “Shawnee” for Bernie Reardin in the Falls and coached them for 11 years. Greg coached seven years in Tallmadge and was head coach of the Tallmadge Stars for Jim Arthur (’92 GABHOF Inductee). He also ended up coaching girls softball teams and coached the Summit County Smashers for two seasons.
Greg co-founded the “Boys of Summer” with Darrell Jennings in 1991 and was a head coach through 2002 season. The team was named after the Roger Kahn best seller of 1972. He also
coached St. Vincent / St. Mary baseball from 1996-1998 and was succeeded by coach Kenny Linn. Greg also coached alongside coach Linn in the first night game ever played at Canal Park (1997 opening).
In 2001 he was selected to the Cuyahoga Falls Baseball Hall of Fame. In August – 2002, he founded the “Ohio Yankees Baseball Club”. It was named after last pro team in Akron
(before Rubber Ducks and Aeros) – Akron Yankees of 1935-1941. Greg actually picked up early knowledge of the game from 1983 Inductee Tony Sams who played for the Yankees in ’39-’41.
Greg hosted the “Boys of Summer” and “Ohio Yankees Invitational” Tournaments for 24 straight years at Kent State University, Akron University, Walsh HS, and “The Ball Park at Hudson”. He has won many Awards and Championships. Thing that makes it all worth it are the life-long friendships that are made through the game of baseball.
Greg is a retired Automobile Salesman.