Appalachian State University Athletics recently unveiled its 2016 Hall of Fame class and making the list is longtime King resident Randy Ingram.
Ingram, a third baseman, is the lone four-time, first-team all-conference performer at Appalachian State. He batted .416 as a junior and .427 as a senior and his career batting average of .370 is eighth on the App State all-time list.
During his time in college from 1975 to 1978 the standout athlete was also a two-time team Most Valuable Player.
“In high school at North Forsyth I was a pitcher and played shortstop. I thought I was going to pitch in college, but after some injuries I was moved to third base my freshman year,” Ingram said.
Playing for the Mountaineers in the Southern Conference proved to put him on a competitive course, one he still appreciates today.
“There was a huge difference in the high school and college level,” he said. “In high school you may have been one of the better players or the best on the team, but in college you were playing against the best. It was a definitely a much higher level of play which made it a lot of fun.”
After graduating from college Ingram accepted a position as Stokes County’s Recreation Department Director and served there for the next 18 years from 1980 until 1998.
He went on to implement a successful summer baseball camp and recruited his Appalachian college coach, Jim Morris, to come work with young athletes in the area.
“I approached coach Morris about the idea of coming to King and doing a baseball camp. For 18 years he did it along with local high school coaches. We eventually rotated between King Recreation Acres and the Lions Park in Walnut Cove each summer. I don’t know the number of kids who made it to play at the college level but there were a lot of great relationships built.”
Ingram said he wanted young people to have the opportunity to play baseball and he hoped to provide the fundamentals needed to be competitive.
Today, Ingram works for Winston-Salem’s Recreation Department and continues to see firsthand the benefits of youth athletics.
“Baseball’s been a big part of my life and in my family. Being able to play at the college level was a great opportunity and I’m thankful I still get to see young people growing and improving. I think this is the direction God wanted me to go.”
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