Hartman Announces Plans to Retire
Hokies' all-time winningest coach will step down after 2006 season
May 3, 2006

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech baseball coach Chuck Hartman announced Tuesday night during a meeting with his team that he will retire as the Hokies' head coach following the completion of the 2006 season.

"I love Virginia Tech, and always will," Hartman said. "I have a tremendous passion for Virginia Tech baseball. I will be supportive of that any way I can.

"After 47 years as a head coach and nearly 49 years in education, it's going to be a different world," he added. "But I'm at a point in my life where I'd like to go out and do some other things, take some trips with my wife, enjoy life from a different perspective."

"Virginia Tech has been the beneficiary of 28 years of service from one of the finest people in the profession of intercollegiate athletics," said Jim Weaver, Tech's director of athletics. "Chuck has positively impacted hundreds of young men's lives through baseball. We hope Chuck and Ellen enjoy many happy and healthy years of retirement."

A search for his successor will begin immediately.

Hartman, one of the college game's most successful and respected coaches, is finishing his 28th season at Virginia Tech and his 47th season overall. His 1,442 career wins rank him fourth among active Division I baseball coaches in victories and also fourth all-time. Hartman's overall coaching record is 1,441-810-8. His current record at Tech is 959-585-8. He became Tech's winningest baseball coach in 1987 and has guided Tech to more victories than any other coach during the university's athletic history.

Hartman earned the highest recognition a collegiate coach can receive when he was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame during the ABCA 2004 annual convention in San Antonio, Texas. The honor came just a little over a year after his induction into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame in November 2002, and was magnified by the fact that he was already a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame. Hartman was inducted into the NAIA Hall in 1989 for his achievements at High Point College (now University), where he coached for 19 years before coming to Tech in 1979. When you add his 1996 entry into the Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame and his selection for the Gaston (N.C.) County Hall of Fame in 1979, Hartman is a member of five halls of fame.

In his first four seasons at Tech, Hartman directed the Hokies to three state championships before the competition was discontinued. His 1981 squad won a school-record 48 games, only to be outdone by his 1982 and 1985 teams, which each registered 50 victories.

In 1984, Hartman was named to the coaching staff of the United States All-Star team that competed in the World Amateur Championships in Cuba. During the summer of 1985, he was in charge of the offense for the USA baseball team that toured Korea, Japan, the United States and played in the Intercontinental Cup in Canada.

Hartman and the Hokies have enjoyed some of their greatest success during the last 12 years. In 2002, Tech shared the regular-season BIG EAST Conference championship with Notre Dame. In 2001, the Hokies posted four wins against Notre Dame and finished second in the BIG EAST Tournament. Tech won the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament in 2000, 1999 and 1997, earning a berth in an NCAA Regional each year. During the Hokies' 1997 NCAA appearance, Hartman's Tech baseball squad upset 10th-ranked Southern California in the opening game of the South II Regional. After directing the Hokies to a share of the 1995 Metro Conference regular-season championship, Hartman was voted the league's coach of the year. And in 1994, Hartman guided the Hokies to a Metro Tournament title and an NCAA bid.

One of the veteran coach's crowning achievements came in 1992 when he became just the ninth baseball coach in Division I history to win 1,000 games. The milestone victory came when Tech defeated Liberty University , 11-4, on April 27, and was sweetened by the fact it occurred during the Hokies' 100th year of baseball.

During his tenure at Virginia Tech, Hartman has had five players compete for the United States in international competition and 12 players earn All-America honors. Hartman's Tech teams have won 30 or more games in 21 of his 28 seasons at the school and 40 or more games on six occasions.

A wide-range of organizations have recognized Hartman's many contributions to baseball. The Home Plate Club of the Washington (D.C.) metropolitan area has presented him a prestigious Lifetime Achievement in Baseball Award. He has also received the Willie Duke Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Raleigh (N.C.) Hot Stove League. In 1986, the state college sports information directors voted Hartman the Virginia Division I Baseball Coach of the Year, an honor he garnered again in 1992, 1993 and 1997. In 1989 and again in 1995, Hartman was named the Metro Conference Baseball Coach of the Year.

During his coaching career, Hartman has had four players drafted in the first round (three of whom were not drafted out of high school) and a total of 80 players sign with the pros, including 56 at Tech. One of his Tech players, pitcher Brad DuVall, was a first-round pick in 1987 and '88.

As a baseball player, Hartman made his mark at the University of North Carolina through determination and hard work. He graduated from UNC in 1957 with a B.A. in physical education and earned a master's degree in education from Carolina a year later.

In 1958, Hartman landed a job as tennis coach and assistant basketball coach at High Point College. He also helped out in baseball, where, in the middle of the 1959 season, the head coach resigned.

When Hartman assumed the head coaching duties, High Point had won just eight games in the previous three seasons. By his sixth year, the Panthers won the Carolinas Conference championship, the first baseball title ever for the school.

Before he left High Point to move to Tech in 1979, Hartman directed his teams to 10 conference titles, five district championships and twice led a team to the NAIA National Tournament. His High Point clubs posted nine consecutive seasons of 30 wins or more, and six of his players earned All-America recognition. Hartman was named the Carolinas Conference Coach of the Year five times, District 26 Coach of the Year six times and the NAIA Area VII Coach of the Year in 1976.

An avid golfer, hunter and fisherman, Hartman is married to the former Ellen Eaves of High Point. He was a collegiate basketball official for more than 20 years before retiring in 1987.