Dale Willis is humble Hall of Famer

Published: Monday, May 12, 2014 at 07:56 PM.

He was the team's Most Valuable Player as a sophomore and junior, and a co-captain as a senior.

Willis said William Carey was 24-5 his junior year and he was able to convince a pitcher from another team to transfer for the 1969 season. That pitcher turned out to be the championship puzzle's final piece.

Turn to coaching

A knee injury his senior year forced Willis to give up his dream of professional baseball and turn to coaching.

As luck would have it, a former William Carey basketball player, Bobby Welch, was the Laurel Hill basketball coach, and when the Hoboes needed a baseball coach he asked Willis if he was interested.

The rest is history.

Willis coached the Hoboes for 16 seasons and Crestview High for two years before moving into school administration.

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