Notebook: Longtime Skipper Hall Helps Headline Oakton’s Inaugural HOF Class

December 11 - Tom Hall, who won 377 games in 32 seasons as Oakton High School’s baseball coach, is one of the headliners in the school’s inaugural athletics Hall of Fame class and will be inducted along with three former Cougars players on Jan. 19 at the International Country Club in Fairfax.

A total of 28 former players, coaches and administrators will be inducted, a group that also includes former baseball standouts Ned Gonet, Fred Kramer Jr., and Jared Kubin. The inductees will also be honored prior to Oakton’s boys basketball home game on Jan. 18 against Madison.

Hall, who is third all-time among Northern Virginia coaches with 437 victories, won the majority of those games while presiding over the Cougars’ program for more than three decades. He led Oakton to four district championships and in 1982 guided the Cougars to their first Northern Region championship and to the Group AAA state final, where they fell to J.R. Tucker, 8-3.

His senior ace on that team was Kramer, who also starred in basketball and football at the school. Another former three-sport star, Gonet, graduated in 1976 and later played football and baseball at Duke University, serving as a captain for both teams. He has since embarked on an impressive coaching career of his own, serving as the football coach and athletics director at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, who he has led to five North Carolina private school state championships over his 38-year tenure.

Kubin starred in baseball and basketball at the school, graduating with school records in points (1,658) on the hardwood and home runs (26) and RBI (135) on the diamond. He later played baseball at the University of Florida.

Ritchie Helps USA Baseball 18U National Team Win Gold at Pan-American Championships

George Washington University head coach Gregg Ritchie, a graduate of North Stafford, served as the hitting coach as the USA Baseball 18U National Team claimed the gold medal earlier this month at the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships.

The title was the fifth straight for Team USA at the event, which culminated with a 17-2 win over Panama on Dec. 2 at Rico Cedeno Stadium in Chitre, Panama. Team USA won each of its nine games at the tournament, hitting a collective .407 while scoring 131 runs and pounding 15 home runs.

It’s the third straight year Ritchie has coached with USA Baseball’s 18U team.

After starring at North Stafford, Ritchie played at George Washington, where he finished second in the country in 1986 with a .492 batting average while also going 6-3 with a 1.91 ERA on the mound. After playing seven seasons in the New York Giants’ system, he coached in the Chicago White Sox organization for 10 years, then served as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ hitting coach in 2011-12

In October 2012, he was hired as the head coach at his alma mater.

Coaches Sought at Several Area High Schools at Varsity, JV Levels

A number of area coaching positions remain vacant for the 2019 high school season at the varsity and junior varsity levels.

Freedom High School in Woodbridge is seeking a head varsity coach, while Herndon, Jefferson, McLean, Patriot and Wakefield are seeking varsity assistants.

Seven area schools - Brentsville District, Langley, Patriot, Potomac, South County, Stonewall Jackson and Westfield - are seeking JV head coaches, while four - Fairfax, Jefferson, South Lakes and Yorktown - are looking to hire JV assistant coaches.

For each of the area coaching vacancies listed on our coaches page, click here.

Photos of Tom Hall courtesy of Oakton High School