• Rider Raiders Baseball Hall of Fame

    (Established 2011)

    Pete Gill Newman Young Glenn Tackitt Nicky Hollars
    Kerry Hargrove Byron Jackson Don Hartman Kevin Jarrett induction 2012                            
    Billy Watts Captain Charles Byars Induction 2012 Lynn Donart Induction 2012 Lance Stampfli induction 2012
    Steve Stone Induction 2012 Ricky Brown Steve Fancher Jeff Young
    Kyle Apperson Bryan Edgemon

    Newman Young    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  Don Hartman (Coach) 
    Head Coach from 1968-69. He set the foundation for the Rider's
    first District Championship in 1970. He taught and coached
    from 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
    sented 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
    Nicky Hollars   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.
    Pete Gill   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.
    Glenn Tackitt   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
    its history.
    Byron Jackson  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  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 playoff 
    games (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 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.  
    Kevin Jarrett  Kevin Jarrett (Player)
    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
    at Midwestern State University. He was chosen by Coach Young as
     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 Irving High School. Mr. Jarrett was
     a true pioneer of Rider Baseball.
     Captain Charles Byars
    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
    Lynn Donart (
    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 Rider
    High School
    . His 1986 and 1987 team still holds many single
    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 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 Rider High School from
    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
    career at Hardin Simmons University. Mr. Stampfli is considered by
    many Raiders as one of the best outfielders to have played at Rider
    High School
     Steve Stone Steve Stone (Coach) 
    Steve Stone became the 10th Head Baseball Coach at Rider High School 1991-97. He took
    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 Rider High School.
    Steve Fancher Steve Fancher(Player 1972-75)
    Steve Fancher was an two time All-District Player for the Riders during
    playing days at Rider High School. In 1974 he was an All-District SS with a
    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 
    Midwestern State University all four years. In 1981, Mr. Fancher
    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 John Paul II
    in Plano, Tx. (#2 ranked team in the state)
    Ricky Brown  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  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  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 Texas
    Wesleyan University
    . Today Coach Apperson is a standout Teacher and Tennis
    Coach at Rider High School. Under his leadership the Rider Tennis Team has
    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 Rider High
    . The Rider Baseball family is honored with his well deserved place in
    its Hall of Fame.

    Bryan Edgemon  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.