Class of 2017
A two-sport athlete at Oak Ridge, Charles was named All-Orange County in both baseball and basketball in his senior year. Considered on one the top pitching prospects not only in Orlando but the state, Charles threw 3 No Hitters, I’ll say that again, 3 No Hitters his senior year. His battery mate for those performances was Gary Byers the son of the head coach, Ollie Byers. Charles was also one of the leading hitters on the team batting at a .435 clip. In basketball, Charles after playing two seasons along side Oak Ridge 2016 Hall of Famer, Frank Ainsworth, blossomed into the county’s leading scorer averaging 21 points a game. He scored over 30 points in a game on five occasions. During his time at Oak Ridge, Charles was involved in student government his junior year, Charles served as Junior Class President.
Upon graduation, Charles moved on to Rollins College where he earned All-Florida Intercollegiate Conference honors in 1966 while leading the conference in total wins. Being drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals after his junior year at Rollins, Charles became the first ever Pioneer to move into major league baseball. Playing for Sarasota in the Gulf Coast League his first year, Charles pitched a total of 30 Innings striking out 27 batters and recording a 1 – 1 record. The following January, Charles was on the comeback trail after being severely injured in an automobile accident suffering a broken arm, pelvis and a ruptured kidney. He spent three weeks in the hospital followed by another three weeks in a wheelchair and on crutches. He resumed his with Sarasota and in the spring was invited to spring training by the St. Louis Cardinals where he had the opportunity to pitch against the Boston Red Sox. During his three plus years in the Cardinal’s organization, Charles found the time to earn his B.A. in Economics from Rollins in 1968.
One of the All-Time great dual sport athletes in school history, Danny was a Two-Time All Metro Conference performer in both football and baseball including his being named All-Metro Conference Football Player of the Year his senior season. In 1974, Danny led Oak Ridge to the first ever undefeated regular football season in the Metro Conference as the Pioneers won the Metro, District and Region Championships finishing 11 & 1 overall. As a starting quarterback, Danny is #1 All-Time in wins - totaling 21 in his two varsity seasons.
Upon graduation, Danny played baseball for one year at Valencia Community College before moving on to Edinboro University - aka - the Oak Ridge of the North. Becoming a starter at defensive back half way through his sophomore season, Danny completed his college career with 12 interceptions. He was team captain his senior year.
In 1981, Danny began his baseball coaching career at Lakeview Jr. High before becoming the first Head Baseball Coach at Dr. Phillips in 1988. In his six years at DP, his teams went 115 & 57 winning two High School World Series Championships. The Two-Time Coach of the Year then moved to St. Edward High School in Cleveland, Ohio, where in four seasons his teams won two state championships while compiling an overall 83 -29 record.
During his illustrious career, Danny has coached 15 major leaguers as two of his former players, Johnny Damon and A.J. Pierzynski played on the same major league All Star Team.
Upon his retirement from coaching, Danny has been involved in baseball operations at numerous locations. Currently, Danny and his family have returned to Orlando where he owns and operates the Premier Baseball and Softball Academy. His son, Stetson, is currently playing baseball in the LA Dodgers Organization.
At ORHS – One of the great football players of his time, Curry started at Defensive End on some of the greatest Football teams in ORHS history. He earned 2 varsity letters in Football during his time at Oak Ridge. As a Junior, he helped the Pioneers to an undefeated regular season at 11-0, before losing in the State Semi-Final game. The team won the Metro Conference, District and Regional Championships. His Senior he helped lead the Pioneers to another sensational season as the team finished with a 9-1 record, while the team ranked #1 in the State for 4 weeks. They went on to win the Orlando Sentinel Star Bowl in 1975, while Curry picked up All-Metro Conference honors, as well as Orlando Touchdown Club lineman of the week.
Post HS – He went on to play Football at Edinboro University, where he stared at the linebacker position. During his time with the Fighting Scots, he earned NAIA All-District, Pittsburgh Press All-District, and All-Pennsylvania Athletic Conference honors. He was recruited by numerous NFL teams, and eventually went on to play professional football for Calgary Stampede (CFL), Orlando Americans (AFA) and the Tampa Bay Bandits (USFL).
At ORHS – Lettered in Football and Baseball for the Pioneers. In baseball, he was selected to the All-Metro Conference team 3 times (1980, 81, 82), as well as an All-State selection as a senior in 1982. He was selected to play in the North Florida vs South Florida Coaches Baseball Tournament as a senior and picked up Most Valuable Player honors for the game. He went on to be drafted by Cincinnati Reds in 1982 after graduation.
Post HS - Played 5 years for Cincinnati Reds and 1 year with New York Yankees in their minor league system. He was named to the Minor League All-Star Team twice (83, 85) and in 1983, was named the Cincinnati Reds Minor League Player of the year.
At ORHS - All-Metro, County, State in Softball at ORHS. Won 2-District titles and State title. She was the MVP of the FACA All-Star game as a senior. Winner of the OR Coaches Achievement Award. Also an athletic trainer for 2 years. Other accolades include president of FBLA and was a member of the Beta Club, the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, the 1993 Homecoming Court and earned Best Marine Biology Student award.
Post HS - Division 2 All-American in Softball at Columbus State University. 3-time All-Peach Belt Conference, and 4 times on the All-Tournament team. CSU Woman Athlete of the Year and Team MVP as a junior. Was also an Athletic Trainer for 2.5 years. She was inducted into the CSU Hall of fame in 2009. Played Women's Professional Fast Pitch Softball for the inaugural Orlando Wahoo’s in 1997.
At ORHS – A 2-sport athlete for the Lady Pioneers, earning 6 letters in Basketball and Track and Field during her time at Oak Ridge. In Track, she won 4 Metro, 4 District and 2 Regional Championships in the discus and shot put events. She earned All-State honors in the Discus as a sophomore. As a junior in 1981, she earned All-State honors in the discus and shot put, while helping the Lady Pioneers track team to its first State Championship in school history in 1981. Her senior year, she again earned All-State honors in the discus and leading the way to another State Championship for the Lady Pioneers in back to back years in 1982. She held the Metro Conference record in the discus for 15 years until it was broken by OR Hall of Famer Laquanda Cotten (2013) in 1997. She was inducted into the Golden South Hall of Fame in 2002 – as she was a 2-time meet champion in the discus during her time.
Post HS – She earned a track and field scholarship to Alabama A&M University, where she was a 3-time SIAC Conference champion in the discus. She went on to earn All-American honors in the discus in 1984. She went on to teach and coach at Dr. Phillips High for 19 years. As an assistant basketball coach, she won a State title in 1992, and as head track coach winning 5 Metro and 3 District titles during her time with the Panthers. She has been an Athletic Director for the past 11 years, currently at Evans High School.
At ORHS - Lettered in 3 sports during her time at ORHS (Basketball, Volleyball, Track). 6-time Metro Champion, 3-Time Metro Champion and 2-Time Regional Champion in Track and Field. She was a member of the 1985 State Championship team, as well as the Runner-Up teams in 1986 and 1987. She was All-State in the 400 meters as a senior, as well as a member of 3 All-State relay teams (4x100, 4x400). She was inducted in to the Oak Ridge Girls Track Hall of Fame in 1987. In basketball, she was a 2-Time All-Metro player from the forward position, winning Orlando Sentinel Player of the Week honors several times. She served as team captain and won team MVP honors. In volleyball she earned All-Metro honors, as well as serving as team captain while leading her teams in kills. She competed/played under Oak Ridge Hall of Fame coaches Bill Stamper (2012) and Gina McFerren (2014).
Post HS - Went on to pursue education at Florida A&M University.
At ORHS - 3 sports athlete at Oak Ridge - Volleyball, Basketball and Track. In Track, she holds freshman and sophomore records in the shot put. She earned All-Metro, All-District and All-Region and State honors during her track and field career in the shot put and discus events. She led Oak Ridge to a runner-up finish in the Metro East Championships and the District and Regional championships. In Volleyball, she helped lead the team to a District Championship. Won the Coach's Achievement Award for Volleyball and Basketball four years in a row. Was named Oak Ridge's Best Female Athlete four years in a row. Florida Class 4A District X Volleyball Player of the Year as a Senior.
Post HS - Went on to complete for the University of Florida on a Track and Field Scholarship. Earned All-SEC team honors as a thrower at UF, as well as a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. She was a member of 3 SEC Championship teams during her time in Gainesville – 2 Indoor and 1 Outdoor and helped the Gators win the NCAA Regional Meet.
In 32 years teaching and coaching career, Coach Adams served as the head football coach at Oak Ridge HS for 16 years, 1967 – 83. He is the all-time win’s leader with a record of 91 – 72 – 2. He was the first coach in the history of the Metro Conference to produce a regular season undefeated team (1974). He coached 4 Metro Conference Champions, 3 District Champions and 2 Region Championship teams. In 1973 he coached Earl Carr, the first high school All American football player at Oak Ridge. He also coached several all state players along with numerous all conference players. Twenty- seven of his players earned college scholarships. He was named Metro Conference Coach of the Year twice and is a member of the Metro Conference Hall of Fame.
Originally named the Oak Ridge Athletic Association, the group of men that went on to be called the “Dad’s Club”, were the major benefactor in the early days of Oak Ridge Athletics. Initially composed mostly of fathers of the first ORHS Football team, these men saw a need and stepped up to fill a void, as Orange County Public Schools provided limited resources and funds during the that time. They took it upon themselves to take out a $15,000 loan ($123k in 2017 dollars) – to be paid by them - to help make it possible for the new Football team to play games on their home field as well as fund the team by purchasing the first football uniforms and equipment. The group purchased the first lighting for the track, football and baseball fields. They helped build the first fences around these fields, as well as purchased grass and fertilizer to maintain the fields. They organized the purchase the first ever bleachers for ORHS games and went on to build the first concession stand. To raise money to pay the bills, they organized early fundraisers such as the popular “Donkey Basketball” games to raise money. Some of the fathers who were involved in the conception of the Dad’s Club include, but not limited to Lester Hardigree, Ollie Byers, Joe Lombard, Sr., Arthur Elferdink, William Garvin, Frank Bateman, Frank Klum, Sr., John Lovett, James Neal, D. Henley, Peter Magamoll.
* - Deceased