WINTER PARK, Fla. (December 15, 2017) – On Thursday, February 1, two of the most celebrated and decorated Rollins baseball alumni, Gregg Smyth '95, and Richard Magner '72, will be this year's honored guests at the Annual First Pitch Dinner to be held at the Interlachen Country Club.
Originally drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 15th round of the 1969 MLB draft out of Xavier High School in Middletown, Connecticut, Rich Magner instead took his talents to Winter Park to play for the Tars. After an illustrious career at Rollins, he was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1972 MLB draft out of college. He played eight seasons at catcher in the Dodgers' minor league system, including two at AAA Albuquerque. Rich moved on from professional baseball to return home as an English teacher, varsity basketball coach and assistant baseball coach at Xavier High School in 1979. He was the coach of the Falcons hoops team until 2000, winning 270 games and making an appearance in the state championship game. Rich led the Falcons baseball team from 1995 until his retirement in 2014. He took Xavier to the 2010 State Championship game, but more importantly positively impacted thousands of lives, including his former player, 1994 National League MVP Jeff Bagwell.
One of the most decorated pitchers in Rollins history, Gregg Smyth's name remains cemented in the Rollins record books. He is the Tars all-time leader in strikeouts with 390 and set the Tars' all-time wins mark of 37, beating Michigan during Baseball Week in 1995. He finished his career setting the current NCAA Division II record for most innings pitched (509) after a complete game against Florida Tech. He was a two time ABCA All-South Region honoree and was twice named All-Sunshine State Conference. Gregg was drafted by the New York Mets his junior year, but returned to Rollins to pitch his senior season. He was then drafted by the Houston Astros and played one season of professional baseball. Gregg was inducted into the Rollins Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.
The following day, Rollins is set to host the Annual Boyd Coffie Golf Outing, also located at the Interlachen Country Club beginning at 8:30 a.m. Following the golf tournament, the Tars will open up their 2018 campaign against Young Harris College, with a three-game series at Harper Shepherd Field beginning on February 2, at 5 p.m.
The Boyd Coffie Golf outing and the Annual First Pitch Dinner are part of the program's annual fundraising efforts. Due to the country club's size restrictions, opportunities for participation are limited. Please RSVP today to secure your spot by contacting Athletic Department Coordinator Jessica Deese, at JRDEESE@Rollins.edu, if you plan to participate in either of these events.
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