Colorado Springs, CO—Four NJCAA baseball coaches with over 3,500 combined wins have been inducted into the 2018 class of the NJCAA Baseball Hall of Fame. Two former coaches- Jerry Halstead and Peter Giangrosso join two current head coaches- Thomas Arrington and Dave Burroughs in this year's class.
Halstead led John A. Logan (IL) for 33 seasons before calling it a career in 2016 while Giangrosso was a staple for Central Alabama from 1990-1999. Arrington has been an instrumental figure for San Jacinto-North (TX) since 2001 and is coming off of a World Series appearance in 2017. Burroughs has been at the helm of Cowley (KS) since 1988.
Head Coach – San Jacinto-North
A native of Mill Valley, CA, Arrington has seen unprecedented success at the helm of the Gators. Arrington enters the 2018 season with a career record of 742-298 that includes a 37-22 record at the JUCO World Series, a NJCAA record for both wins and games played. The Gators reached the national title game in 2017 and finished as runners-up and have finished in the top three on 10 separate occasions.
An 11-time NJCAA Southern District Coach of the Year, Arrington has guided San Jacinto to 13 conference titles and 11 regional championships in his 17 years.
While his success on the diamond stands out, his impact on the game goes far beyond numbers. Arrington has been a part of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) for 24 years, served as the NJCAA All-Star Team Coach in 2012, and has been a member of the USA National Team, Olympic teams, and Pan-Am teams on many occasions.
Arrington, who played professionally in the Texas Rangers and Montreal Expos organizations, attended Texas A&M University and later earned a master's degree from San Francisco State University. Arrington and his wife Marya, have a son Alden who is a current member of the Gators' baseball team and daughter Anya.
Head Coach – Cowley
A staple in the Cowley dugout since 1988, Burroughs' exceptional tenure has been rewarded with an induction into the Hall of Fame. Prior to the start of the 2018 season, his 31st as a Tiger, Burroughs has amassed 1,209 wins with a .708 winning percentage.
Burroughs has accumulated 17 Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division titles in a 23-year span that has led to eight trips to the JUCO World Series. Under Burroughs' tutelage, the Tigers have tallied at least 33 wins in each of the last 25 seasons, including 54 in 2015, tying a school record. Burroughs was awarded the NJCAA Coach of the Year honor in both 1997 and 1998 after totaling 107 wins during the two-year span.
Off the field, Burroughs has served as the President of the Jayhawk Conference Baseball Coaches Association and the head of Region VI Baseball Coaches Association. Burroughs is an active member in the community as well, helping with recreational baseball in Arkansas City, several civic organizations, and his local church. Burroughs was inducted into the Cowley Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.
A native of Ketchum, OK, Burroughs played professional baseball in the Kansas City Royals organization. Burroughs and his wife Vickie have five children- Derek, Erin, Blake, Dylan, and Rachael.
Peter (Larry) Giangrosso
Former Head Coach – Central Alabama
Giangrosso started the Central Alabama baseball program from scratch in 1990. 320 wins later along with numerous contributions to the association have left a lasting impact on the NJCAA baseball landscape from Giangrosso.
During his tenure, Giangrosso was a three-time recipient of the Alabama Junior College Conference Coach of the Year and the 1988 recipient of the Region 22 Coach of the Year. Under his guidance, Central Alabama won three division titles and one conference championship. From 1993-1999, Giangrosso also served as the Director of Athletics at Central Alabama. For his efforts, "Gino" was inducted into the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2001.
Giangrosso's impact on the NJCAA baseball world was felt on a multitude of levels. Giangrosso served as the NJCAA Baseball Conference Chairman from 1992-1999, the NJCAA Membership Public Relations Chairman, NJCAA Coaches Association Vice President, and the President of the NJCAA Coaches Association in 1999. Giangrosso also served as head coach of the NJCAA National Baseball Team in 1998.
After serving as head coach of the University of Alabama at Birmingham from 1999-2006, Giangrosso entered the education sector. Giangrosso currently serves as principal of Spain Park High School in Birmingham, AL. where he currently resides with his wife Karen and have two children, Pete and Meredith, and two grandchildren, Emily and Tripp.
Giangrosso received his Honorable Discharge from the United States Air Force reserves in 1997 and the Alabama Army National Guard in 1988.
Former Head Coach – John. A Logan
33 seasons of unparalleled success has culminated in an induction into the NJCAA Baseball Hall of Fame for Halstead. The former skipper of John A. Logan, Halstead totaled 1,295 career wins with a .646 winning percentage.
During his run with the Volunteers, Halstead was named Region 24 Coach of the Year nine times, the Great Lakes District Coach of the Year in 1992, and the Northern District Coach of the Year in 2002. Halstead led the program to the JUCO World Series in 1992 and again in 2002 where his team earned the Sportsmanship Award.
Halstead served as the Region 24 Baseball Chairman from 2000 until his retirement in 2016. One of Halstead's fondest experiences at John A. Logan came in 1989 when he served as head coach of the United States team in the 3rd annual Mexico Olympic Festival. Along with his baseball duties for the Volunteers, Halstead served as Athletic Director from 2001-2016.
Halstead received his associate's degree from John A. Logan before playing baseball for Southern Illinois where he helped his team reach the NJCAA Tournament. Halstead and his wife Kathy currently reside in Carterville, IL and have three children- Jason, Aaron, and Jenny and five grandchildren. Halstead had the privilege of coaching both of his sons at John A. Logan.
This year's induction ceremony will be held on May 25 at the JUCO World Series banquet in Grand Junction, CO. The World Series will begin May 26 at Sam Suplizio Field in Grand Junction for its 61st season.