2014-2015 Inductions

Harry Belvin

It is rare to see such an outstanding three sport athlete like Harry Belvin. While at Gloucester High School, Harry was a member of varsity football, wrestling and track and field teams. He was named All-District and All-Region in 1979 for football at the positions of center and linebacker. During the 1979-1980 wrestling season, Harry was first in the District and Region and second in the State for his weight class. He was also All District in the shot-put and discus his senior year. Harry was a member of the Class of 1980 and was also the GHS Male Athlete of the Year. After graduation, he played football at Randolph Macon for two years. Over the years, Harry has been a great asset to our local community through coaching youth sports, volunteering for GHS Band and Athletic Boosters Clubs and several PTA groups. Harry has a bachelors degree in math from Christopher Newport University and masters degree from Old Dominion University. He works at NASA where he currently holds two patents and has co-authored over twenty publications.

 

Stephanie Coates

The softball record books at Gloucester High School and the Virginia High School league were busy when this young lady was in high school. Stephanie Coates played four years of Varsity Softball at GHS and accumulated standing in five state records for pitching. She is second in the state for wins with 81, sixth all time for strikeouts with 1056 and is tied for1st place for two records with 26 no hitters and 13 perfect games. She is third of all time for shutouts with 56. Other outstanding accomplishments for Stephanie include being two time Peninsula District Player of the Year, two time Daily Press Player of the Year, a four-time All-District team member, three time Eastern Region team member,  Eastern Region Pitcher of the Year in 2006, and All-State team honors in 2006 and 2007. She finished her GHS career with an 81 and 11 record. She could do more than just pitch. She ended with 116 hits, 103 RBIs and had a .384 batting average. While at GHS, she also maintained over a 4.0 GPA. After graduation in 2008, Stephanie went on to continue her pitching career for another four years at University of Virginia. In the summer of 2008, she received the Southeast Region Major League Baseball S.T.A.R. Award and was honored at Yankee Stadium during the All-Star Game. Stephanie currently resides in Gloucester and is working at Pouchot Dentistry. She also continues to help coach other young softball players on how to master the art of pitching. 

 

A.J. Corbin

Norfolk State University quickly realized they had an amazing find when they offered A.J. Corbin a full baseball scholarship.  A.J. was an outstanding athlete for Gloucester High School.  His achievements include four year varsity letter winner for baseball, two year varsity letter winner in basketball and one year varsity letter in football. While working his way to a Class of 2000 graduate A.J. attained many athletic accolades, including one that has rarely been reached since; he was a four time 1st team All-District Baseball team member from 1997-2000. He was also 1st team All State for baseball in 2000, and 2nd team all-district for football in fall of 1999; furthermore he was also named GHS Male Athlete of the year. During his college career he was a versatile athlete for NSU playing every position but center field but he mainly focused on pitching and 1st base.  A.J. received recognition of All MEAC Performer three times, received the 2001 Outstanding Freshman Award and was a three time All MEAC Tournament Team member.  His senior year he was voted MVP and named to the 1st Team Black College Baseball Elite Squad.  A.J. held ranking in the top ten for many baseball categories in which he held for many years including number of games played, at-bats, doubles, runs batted in, hits and home runs.  After his playing career A.J. was an assistant coach for NSU baseball for eight seasons and then worked in the Athletic Administration office for two years.  He is currently a Nuclear Security Officer at a Power Station.

 

Dr. Charles Harris Jr. and the late Peggy Harris

Dedicated contributors is only a small way to describe the efforts of Dr. Chuck Harris and the late Peggy Harris.  Chuck and Peggy shared countless hours helping athletic teams at Gloucester High School as members of the Athletic Boosters Club.  They had a strong love for Baseball.  Peggy spent many games organizing and running a small concession stand at the games even after her youngest son Cheston had graduated from the program.  They also have two older sons Chad and Chris who were involved in activities and athletics as well.  Chuck served several years as Athletic Boosters Club president and volunteered on the football sideline down-marker crew. A major project that was started by Chuck and Peggy was the fundraising and planning for the construction of a permanent concession stand and press box at the baseball field.  In the spring of 1999 the building was completed dedicated in the Memory of Peggy, after she passed away in June 1998. An article from the dedication quotes many people saying “she had a beautiful smile that never left her face”. She loved the interaction with the kids and the enjoyment of the games. Chuck is currently still running his Gloucester dental practice with the help of his wife Phyllis.  He is also still giving back to the community through work with the Abingdon Ruritan Club and Gloucester Mathews Care Clinic.

 

Robert “ Bobby” Polk

Running is not something that comes naturally to many people, but it did to Robert “Bobby” Polk. During his career at Gloucester High School, Bobby was a four varsity letter winner for cross country and outdoor track and field. He was also a two year varsity letter winner for indoor track. His former cross country coach, Jim Newton, says, “Bobby was the most hardworking and competitive athletes out there.”  He finished second in every dual meet for two years, just steps behind another Hall of Fame member, John Pouchot. Bobby was All-District his  junior and senior years, All-Region his junior year, and

qualified for the State Meet his junior and senior years. For track, he was a member of a distance medley relay team that set a record at a Peninsula Invitational that was held for several years. Since high school, Bobby has been an outstanding member of the Gloucester community, working for several automotive businesses; in 2008 he opened his own called Bobby’s Auto Service. Over the years, he has supported several athletic teams at both the high school and middle school levels, the Gloucester Parks and Recreation programs, Baystars and Gloucester youth football and baseball programs. Bobby and his wife, Laura, have a daughter, Ashleigh, who is carrying on the family love of athletics by majoring in Athletic Training at Emory and Henry College.

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