Henry Morgan To Receive Bud Metheny Award
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.
PREVIOUS BUD METHENY WINNERS 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