BILL SWAN NAMED BUD METHENY AWARD WINNER
Jan. 20, 2002
NORFOLK, VA. - Bill Swan, who has given so much of his time to area baseball through coaching at Old Dominion University, Virginia Wesleyan and the Tidewater Summer League, is the 25th anniversary recipient of the Bud Metheny Award. Swan will be honored at the ACS Systems "Meet the Stars" banquet at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, Jan. 25th.
The banquet, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in conjunction with the 25th annual Greenwich Kitchens/Old Dominion University Baseball Clinic weekend, which culminates on Saturday morning, Jan. 26 with the clinic at the Old Dominion University fieldhouse at 9:00 a.m. Tickets for the banquet are $50 per person, while clinic tickets at $5. Hall of Famer pitchers Bob Feller and Warren Spahn will be the keynote speakers at the banquet and clinic. Tickets for the banquet and clinic can be purchased at the Old Dominion University athletic ticket office at 683-4444.
"This is a very special award, because Bud Metheny means so much to me and has done so much for baseball and athletes in Hampton Roads and all up and down the East Coast," said Swan. "Bud helped me and so many others with the game of baseball and life. He is the most wonderful person I have ever met both in and out of the game, and the baseball clinic is such a special event."
After graduating from Duke Law School, Swan moved to Hampton Roads in 1973, and began playing in the new Tidewater Summer Baseball League. Swan became player-coach of the Chesapeake Athletic Club team in the league in 1975. At the same time, he became active in the administration of the league and continued to do so until 1994.
In 1985, Swan formed the Norfolk Redbirds, whom he sponsored, coached and played for through 1994. The Redbirds won three Tidewater Summer League Championships during that period and never finished lower than third. The team also competed in various baseball tournaments in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Virginia in addition to the regular season summer league schedule.
Swan served as head baseball coach at Virginia Wesleyan College from 1981-84. The Marlins ranked nationally from 1982-94. From 1985 to 1994, Swan served as assistant baseball coach at Old Dominion University, for both Mark Newman and Pat McMahon, working with the catchers as well as serving as the bull pen coach and first base coach.
Born in Altoona, Pa., Swan is currently the chief deputy Commonwealth Attorney for the city of Portsmouth. He is a 1969 graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, earned his law degree in 1972 from Duke University.
PREVIOUS BUD METHENY WINNERS
1978 Dave Rosenfield General Manager, Norfolk Tides
Co-Founder of the ODU Clinic
1979 George Kotarides President, Milton's Pizza
1980 Ed Nagourney Rices Nachman Department Store,
Farm Fresh, co-founder of ODU Clinic.
1981 Bud Metheny Former Old Dominion Baseball Coach
1982 George McClelland* Former Executive Sports Editor,
Virginian Pilot/Ledger Star Newspaper.
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, 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 local major leaguer
1990 Lewis D. Hirschler Hofheimer's Inc., Retired
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 Greenbrier Athletic Assoc. President
1999 Ken Young President, Norfolk Tides Baseball Team
2000 Lester Bangs Baseball Scout
2001 Warren Spivey Spivey Rentals