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J.H. Rose baseball coach Ronald J.H. Rose baseball coach Ronald “RV” Vincent stands by the bleachers at Guy Smith Stadium in this June 25 photo.
(Aileen Devlin/ The Daily Reflector)

By Ronnie Woodward

“To head to Chapel Hill and be on that field will be kind of strange for a Down East boy.”
 Ronald “RV” Vincent, J.H. Rose baseball coach

Ronald “RV” Vincent loves Greenville, Pitt County and East Carolina University, so he had to chuckle on Tuesday when talking about the prospect of being honored in Chapel Hill during halftime of a North Carolina football game.

Vincent, the longtime J.H. Rose baseball coach who is the state’s all-time leader in wins, is part of this year’s North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s Hall of Fame class. He and seven others, including former D.H. Conley basketball coach Shelly Marsh and high school and Wake Forest basketball coaching standout Dave Odom, will be honored at UNC on Oct. 26 during the North Carolina-Boston College game.

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A formal induction ceremony is scheduled for April 5 in Chapel Hill.

“To head to Chapel Hill and be on that field will be kind of strange for a Down East boy,” said Vincent, a Greenville native who graduated from Rose in 1965 and East Carolina in 1969.

Vincent started his coaching career at Farmville Central before taking over at Rose in 1973.

According to the NCHSAA, Vincent has compiled an 800-216 record with the Rampants. Rose has won six state championships under his direction, including consecutive crowns in 2003 and ’04.

The most recent title was in 2008.

“There’s been so many people that have been a part of it,” Vincent said of his success. “All of the players, the assistant coaches, the administrators have given me the chance to do this.

“It’s kind of cliche, but it’s a fact that you have to have an athletic director and principal that really supports what you’re trying to do. You have to have a situation that allows you to be successful.”

In addition to Vincent, Odom and Marsh, the other members of the 27th Hall of Fame class are Bobby Guthrie of Raleigh, Jack Huss of Rutherfordton, Lindsey Linker of Chapel Hill, Cindi Simmons of Webster and Sam Story of Burlington.

Vincent said this class is special to him because Marsh is a good friend. Marsh coached basketball at numerous high schools, including guiding D.H. Conley’s boys’ team to a 219-102 record from 1977-84.

“It’s a great honor, and it’s very good to go in with Shelly Marsh,” Vincent said. “He used to coach at Conley and I’ve known him for 40 years, so it’s just a great thing to be in there with Shelly.”

via The Daily Reflector.

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