Henry Morgan To Receive Bud Metheny Award

December 14, 2007
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Dec. 14, 2007

NORFOLK, VA-- Local Peninsula businessman Henry Morgan, who has devoted much of his life and resources to area youth baseball activities, will be honored as the 31st recipient of the Bud Metheny Award at the GTI Systems, Inc. "Meet the Stars" banquet, Friday Jan. 25th at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside as part of the annual Greenwich Kitchens/ODU Baseball Clinic weekend. The banquet begins with a social at 6:30, followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m.

Baseball Hall of Famer and award winning sportscaster Joe Morgan of the Cincinnati Reds will be the keynote speaker and clinician.

Tickets for the banquet are $60, and on sale at the Old Dominion Athletic Ticket Office in the Athletic Administration Building (683-5484). The Greenwich Kitchens Baseball Clinic will be held Saturday, Jan. 26 with one session, beginning at 9 a.m. Tickets for the clinic are $5.

"Henry Morgan strongly represents the true ideal of the Bud Metheny Award," said former ODU standout and Hall of Famer Wayne Gomes. "Mr. Morgan has spent numerous years coaching baseball at the Little League level as well as AAU. He is what baseball is and should be about in our community."

Morgan has raised/donated nearly $100.000 on behalf of Peninsula Pilots batboy Kevin Eadie and the Niemann-Pick Type C cause known as the Ara Parseghian Medical research Foundation/ Kevin Eadie Fund over the past four-plus years. He has also implemented a program to encourage reading throughout the Peninsula's school systems.

Morgan has parlayed peninsula Pilots activities into fundraisers and donations for many non-profit organizations like the Red Cross, York High School band, local youth cheerleading teams, the 9-11 firefighters and more. His construction business has donated time and materials to nearly every high school and Little League field on the Peninsula.

He has sponsored two local high school players participate in a barnstorming baseball tour of Cuba on a Christian missionary trip. During his Little League coaching days, Morgan brought Legion teams to tournaments in Cocoa Beach, Fl., and Cooperstown, NY, all of which he funded personally.

Morgan currently owns the Peninsula Pilots of the Coastal Plain League which is designed to allow college players to hone their skills for 58 additional games in the summer, as well as continue their exposure to professional scouts.

Morgan heads two small construction businesses in Isle of Wight and Suffolk. He first became involved in youth league coaching in 1979 as he handled a Hampton-Wythe Little League team. He eventually became president for two years, and then presided over a three-time A-League that had grown to 10 teams by the time he resigned In 1989. He also coached in the Phoebus Senior League and the Hampton Post 31 American Legion team in the 1990's.

By 2001, Morgan had been appointed to the Peninsula Stadium Authority and quickly became its chairman. He was instrumental in triggering the drive to construct the proposed stadium in Newport News and also contributed financially to that project. During that period, Morgan became interested in the Coastal Plain League and eventually resigned from the Authority to obtain the college team. The league that operates for three summer months and uses wooden bats. Under his direction, many stadium improvements have been made above and beyond what the Authority could afford.

In all, Henry Morgan still loves working with young people. He and his wife Sue have two adult children, Hank and Kara and four grandchildren.

1978      Dave Rosenfield	General Manager, Norfolk Tides
Co-Founder of ODU Clinic
1979     George Kotarides	President, Milton=s Pizza
1980     Ed Nagourney	Rices Nachman Dept. Store
Co-Founder of ODU Clinic
1981     Bud Metheny	Former Old Dominion baseball coach
1982     George McClelland	Former Executive Sports Editor
The Virginian Pilot/Ledger-Star newspapers
1983     Charlie Sugg	Real Estate Assessor, City of Norfolk
1984     Don Fett	President, Waymar, Inc.
1985     Clyde McCullough	Former major league scout
1986     Abe Goldblatt	Sportswriter, The Virginian Pilot/Ledger Star
1987     Richard J. Davis	President, Tidewater Professional Sports, Inc.
1988     Harry Postove	Major League Scout
1989     Hank Foiles	Foiles Insurance, former major leaguer
1990     Lewis D.Hirschler	Hofheimer's Inc,
1991     Richard Alexander	Umpire
1992     Bob Rathbun	Former sports anchor,WTKR TV WTAR Radio
1993     Sandra Pickin	Founder of the Peninsula Muscular
Dystrophy Benefit Baseball Tournament
1994     John T. Callahan Former President of Tidewater Baseball League
1995     Gary Wright	Tidewater Summer League, AAU
1996     Paul Fraim	Mayor of Norfolk
1997     Roy L.Burton, Jr.	Founder of Willard-Lakewood Athletic
Association & the Granby Booster Club
1998     Paul Vestal	President Greenbrier Athletic Assoc.
1999     Ken Young	President, Norfolk Tides Baseball Team
2000     Lester Bangs	Local Baseball Scout
2001     Warren Spivey	President Spivey Rentals
2002     Bill Swan	Former Head Baseball Coach at Virginia Wesleyan
         Former Assistant Baseball Coach at ODU.
2003	Tim Miller	Chairman ACS Systems & Engineering
2004	Luke Newman	President of Greenwich Kitchens   Center
2005	Pat Baker	Local Dentist
2006	Tony Zontini	Coach/teacher
2007	Towny Townsend	Coach/teacher