Rider Raiders Baseball Hall of Fame
Newman Young (Coach)
Coach Young was the first Baseball Coach in Rider History.
He coached the Raiders from 1963-67. The Raiders won
the Zone Championship in 1967.
Mr. Young later became Principal at Rider High School. After
leaving Rider he became Superintendent at Midway ISD and
Seymour ISD. Mr. Young in retirement has written two books,
Circle the Wagons and Saddle in the Wind. Coach Young
attended the Dinner with his wife and expressed his deep
appreciation for this honor. Coach Young was remembered
by those who played for him as the epitome of Dignity and Class.
Don Hartman (Coach)
Head Coach from 1968-69. He set the foundation for the Rider's
first District Championship in 1970. He taught and coachedfrom 1968-69. He set the foundation for the Rider's first District
Championship in 1970. He taught and coached at Rider High
School for 28 years,longer than any other coach in Rider history.
Coach Hartman died in 1994.The Don Hartman Memorial Baseball
Award was started in 1995, it honors the Senior baseball player(s)
who demonstrates heart, hard work and leadership through the
course of their baseball career at Rider High School. Coach Hartman
represented all 3 of those qualities as a teacher, coach and mentor.
Coach Hartman's son Chris lettered 3 years in baseball at Rider
and was an assistant coach on the 2005 State Semi-finalist Team.
Mr. Hartman is currently the Social Studies Department Head at
Rider High School.
Nicky Hollars (Player/Coach)
Played for Rider High School from 1967-69 where he was an
All-District selection in 1969.Coach Hollars served as Head Coach from 82-84 and an Assistant
Coach from 87-90. Coach Hollars remained a loyal supporter
to Rider Baseball until his untimely death in 2005.
2006 the Rider Baseball Team Put a plaque in honor of Coach
Hollars in the 3rd Base dugout honoring his contributions
to Rider Baseball. 2008 The Hollars/Gill Hustle Award was
established to recognize the player who most exemplified hustle
on and off the field in honor of Coach Hollars and his teammate
Pete Gill (Player/Coach)
Played at Rider High School from 1967-69. Two time
All-District Pitcher. Played College Baseball at Hill JC, Hardin
Simmons and Cameron University. He was Drafted by
the Texas Rangers. Coach Gill was a Rider Assistant Coach (Pitching
from 1996-2005 and coached 6 All-State Pitchers during that
Coach Gill retired in 2005 but came back to Coach at Hirschi
High School for 4 years. He retired again in 2010. Coach Gill has
of Coach Gill and in memory of his teammate Nicky Hollars (1967-69)
Mr. Gill played under Coach Don Hartman their
Coach Gill was recognized by the 2008 Team with
3rd Base Dugout at Pride Field honoring his contributions
Coach) time. remained close to the Rider program and its Coaches and players.
In 2008 The Hollars/Gill Hustle Award was established to recognize
the player who most exemplified hustle on and off the field in honor
Both Mr. Hollars and senior year in 1969. a plaque in the to the Rider Baseball program.
Glen Tackitt (Player)
Played for Rider High School from 1969-71. Mr. Tackitt was an
All-District pitcher in 1970 & 71.He was also Rider's first All-State Pitcher in 1971. He led Rider
to its first two District Championships in 1970 & 71. Mr. Tackitt was
drafted in the 3rd round in MLB amateur draft in 1971 by the
Montreal Expos. Mr. Tackitt can still be found in the baseball
record books at Rider High School. Mr. Tackitt is considered
one of Rider High School and WFISD best baseball players in
Byron Jackson (Player)
Played for Rider from 1975-78. Mr. Jackson was an
All-District Player in 1977-78. Mr. Jackson was known as one
of the best pitchers to come through Rider High School. He
was part of a District Championship team in 1975. Mr.Jackson still holds several Rider pitching records. Mr. Jackson
was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 13th Round in 1978.
Mr. Jackson is a successful businessman in the Wichita Falls area.
Kerry Hargrove (Coach)
Coach Hargrove was Head Coach at Rider High School from
1998 - 2006. He was an assistant coach from 1994-97. Coach
Hargrove is the all-time winningest baseball Coach at Rider High
School and WFISD History. He was 216-99-2 at Rider High School.
He led Rider High School to 5 District Championships and the playoffs
8 out of 9 years, Including 3 straight Regional Finals(2004-06) and
its first State tournament(2005). He has coached in more baseball playoffgames (60) and more playoff wins (38) than any other baseball
coach in the WFISD history. He was named District
Coach of the Year 5 times. Coach Hargrove was recognized by
the 2008 Team with a plaque in the 3rd Base Dugout at Pride
Field honoring his contributions to the Rider Baseball program.
Coach Hargrove is one of the greatest coaches in the WFISD
history and most especially Rider History.
Billy Watts (Player)
Mr. Billy Watts was Rider’s first four year baseball lettermen.
He is one of the true pioneers of Rider Baseball. He was on the
first four Rider Baseball Teams. Mr. Watts was an All-District
performer and a standout performer for the Raiders. He played
for Hall of Fame members Coach Newman Young and Coach
Charles Byars. In 1964 Mr. Watts was the teams Most Valuable
Player and Defensive Player of the Year. In 1966 he was selected
as the Team Offensive Player of the Year by Coach Young.
Mr. Watts owned numerous records upon his graduation and is
one the Rider Greats in its baseball history.
Mr. Jarrett was a member on the first three Rider Raider Baseball
Teams from 1963-65. He played for fellow Hall of Fame
members Newman Young and Captain Charles Byars. He was
an All-District player for the Raiders and later played basketball
being the Team Pitcher of the Year in 1963, ‘64 and ‘65. The
Team Offensive Player of the Year in 1963 and the Team MVP in
1963 and 1965. Mr. Jarrett still sits prominently in the Raider
Record book. He 2nd in Career ERA at Rider with a 0.90 ERA
from 1963-65. His 1.00 ERA (min. of 50IP) in 1965 still is the
6th best in Raider History. In 1965, Mr. Jarrett had 16 strikeouts
in 10 innings ranks 3rd all-time for strikeouts in an extra-inning
game. There is a record that Mr. Jarrett still owns today and that
is innings pitched in a single game. In 1965, he pitched 12
innings in one game against
a true pioneer of Rider Baseball.
Captain Charles Byars (Coach)
Captain Charles Byars was the first assistant coach for the Rider
Raiders. Coach Byars was an inspirational leader for the early
Raider Teams. He was part of the Raiders first playoff appearance
in 1967. Captain Byars volunteered his time and effort to the
Rider Baseball program which has become the Raider way over
recent years for many former Raider assistant baseball coaches.
The Rider Hall of Fame selection committee wanted to honor
Captain Byars service with induction to the Rider Baseball Hall
of Fame for going above and beyond the call of duty for the Rider
Baseball program. An honor that is well deserved.
Lynn Donart (Player/Coach)
Mr. Lynn Donart was a standout player in the mid 1970’s
for the Rider Baseball Team. He was a member of the 1975
District Championship Team. He was an All-District
performer for the Raiders his Junior and Senior year. In
1986 he became the Eighth Head Baseball Coach at
game offensive records. Most runs in a game (23 vs. Graham
in ‘86 and ’87) and most Homeruns in a game (6 vs. Graham
in ’87). The ‘87 team also had the records for hits in a game
(19 vs. Graham in ’87) but was tied once and overtaken by the
2011 State Champion Raiders. Coach Donart was remembered
by his players as being a team first coach. Many of his former
players went to pursue Coaching and teaching careers
including Greg Darden, Jayson Jaynes, Chris Hartman, Brett
Thompson, Chris Heskett and current Head Coach Scot Green.
Lance Stampfli (Player)
Mr. Lance Stampfli was one of the premier players for the Raiders in
the 1980’s. He was a four year lettermen at
1980-1983. He was the Team MVP and the Offensive MVP for the 1982
and 1983 baseball team. He was named to the All-District Team
his last two years as an outfielder. He played his last two years under the
late Coach, Nicky Hollars, a 2011 Hall of Fame inductee. At the end
of his playing career at Rider, he went and had a successful collegiate
many Raiders as one of the best outfielders to have played at
Steve Stone (Coach)
Steve Stone became the 10th Head Baseball Coach at
over a program that had not won a District Championship or been in the playoffs since 1975. In
1994 The Rider Baseball Team led by Coach Stone returned to the playoffs for the first time in 19
years. In 1995 they won their first District title in 20 years and their first playoff series win ever as
they made it to the Regional Quarter-finals. Also under the guidance of Coach Stone, Rider had
its first All-State player since 1971 and second overall in 1995 with the selection of Pat Leach as
a Pitcher. When Coach Stone left Rider at the end of the 1997 season he was the winningest
Coach in Rider History and the first coach at Rider to win 100 games (110-73). As the Coach at
Rider Coach Stone brought in able assistance to help turn the program around such as 2011
Hall of Fame Inductees, Kerry Hargrove and Pete Gill, State Championship Coach Craig
Coheley and current Rider Coach Scot Green. As Coaches and Players will attest Coach Steve
Stone laid the foundation for success at
Steve Fancher(Player 1972-75)
Steve Fancher was an two time All-District Player for the Riders during
his playing days at
BA of .339. In 1975 he was instrumental in leading the Raiders to
the District Championship as an All-District 3B with a .301 BA. He led both
teams in HR's and stolen bases. After High School he played collegiately at
began his coaching career, where as an assistant Girls Basketball coach he was
part of 5 State Championships at Levelland H.S. He later became the Head Girls
Basketball Coach and won 390 games. Coach Fancher retired from public
education in 2011. He is now currently coaching at
Ricky Brown (Player 1975-78)
Ricky Brown was a two-time All-District Baseball performer at Rider.
He was on the 1975 District Championship Team. He led the Raiders in hitting
and was the Offensive Player of the Year for the Raiders in 1978. Mr. Brown was
a 4 year letter winner for the Raiders and went on to play for Midwestern State
University's Baseball program. He has been a part Rider baseball program for
over 30 years in many different capacities. He was instrumental in helping
create the Rider Baseball Alumni Game in 1997 and serving as the Alumni's
Head Coach for several years. He also was important in helping set up the
Raider Baseball Golf tournament and with the enclosure of the batting cages.
Ricky's son Connor was an All-District Designated Hitter for the 2010
State-semifinalist Rider Raiders. Mr. Brown has had a positive impact not only
as a tremendous player for Rider but also in the development of its Rich
tradition it enjoys today. The Rider Baseball Family is honored to have
Mr. Brown in its Baseball Hall of Fame.
Jeff Young (Player 1979-82)
Jeff Young was an outstanding Pitcher for the Rider Raiders in
the early 80's. He was a four year letter winner for the Raiders
and was named All-District his Jr. and Sr. year. He was the
Pitcher of the Year for the Raiders in 1980, 1981 and 82.
His Sr. Year he had a .352 BA and a 1.47 ERA in 67 IP with 87
Strikeouts. Mr. Young still holds record for number of
strikeouts in an extra inning Game with 18 strikeouts against
Hirschi in 1982. He also ranks 3rd for complete games in a
career with 18. Mr. Young was highly respected by his
teammates and Coaches at Rider. Mr. Young is considered one
of the best arms to ever come out of Rider High School.
The Rider Baseball Family is honored to have Mr. Young in its
Baseball Hall of Fame.
Kyle Apperson (Player 1984-86)
Kyle Apperson was an outstanding all-around player for the Raiders during the Mid 80's.
Mr. Apperson was a standout Tennis player at Rider his Freshmen year but chose
his Sophomore year to play Baseball. Mr. Apperson was an All-District Player
his Jr. and Sr. years playing shortstop. He was also the Team Pitcher of the Year
in 1985 and the Team Offensive MVP in 1986. He was the Team MVP in both
1985 and 1986. In 1986 Mr. Apperson set the city and school record for Batting
Average with at least 60 AB hitting .606. A record that still exist today. After
graduating from Rider, Mr. Apperson went and played baseball at
qualified for the State Tournament 4 out of the last 7 years. As a Teacher he has
been nominated for Teacher of the Year 3 times in the last 3 years. Coach
Apperson known for his devotion to his students and all sports at
its Hall of Fame.
Bryan Edgemon (Player 1989-92)
Bryan Edgemon was one of the premier pitchers to ever come out of Rider
High School and Wichita Falls. A left-handed pitcher, Mr. Edgemon was a 3 year
starter for the Raiders and was an All-District Pitcher all of those years. He was
named the Team Pitcher of the Year in '89, '90 & '91. Mr. Edgemon helped
transform the Rider Baseball program under Hall of Fame Coaches Steve Stone
and Assistant coach Kerry Hargrove. His presence made Rider a playoff
contender year in and year out. He was also the 2nd member and only
Raider to have his numbered retired with the Burkburnett Blacksox Summer
Baseball program. After graduating from Rider Mr. Edgemon went and played
collegiately at Baylor University and Oklahoma State University. Mr. Edgemon
is considered one of the best arms to ever come out of Rider High School and
one of its most dominating players. The Rider Baseball Family is honored to
have Mr. Edgemon in its Baseball Hall of Fame.