Thursday, April 10, 2008

Former Gryphon teaching, coaching at Wilson Hunt

If you attended the Rocky Mount Invitational Baseball Tournament earlier this week and saw Wilson Hunt play, you might have seen a familiar face in the Warriors' dugout.

Adam Weaver, who played collegiately at UNC and Elon, is now an assistant baseball coach at Hunt. Weaver, who teaches math at Hunt, knows his way around Gryphon Stadium. He was a four-year starter for the Gryphons from 1999 to 2002.

Weaver, whose dad Danny coached him at Rocky Mount, was voted to the Rocky Mount Telegram's Top 50 Greatest Twin Counties Athletes list a few years ago. A shortstop with tremendous range and arm strength, Weaver set the school record for career hits with 121 (also tops in the Twin Counties) - including 27 doubles. He closed his career with a .366 batting average.
I guess I shouldn't be surprised that one his kids, senior catcher Chris Lamm, won the Hits Award for the tournament.

Weaver could also steal bases. He was 60-for-66 in his career as a base thief. And on the odd occasion when his dad told him to go to the mound, he got the job done there, too. He had a 5-0 as a pitcher.

But his ability on the football field was really underrated. He started the 2000 season as quarterback for the Gryphons and passed for 1,127 yards and eight touchdowns. His late touchdown run at New Bern that season gave the Gryphs a huge Big East upset win. He was also the team's second-leading rusher.

He decided that he'd concentrate solely on baseball his senior year.

His Hunt squad lost 4-2 to Rocky Mount in the tournament opener Monday. But a bit of a payback was on his mind.

He was heard to say later that day that Rocky Mount had better watch out for Hunt should they meet again come playoff time.

Looks like he's fully entrenched as a Warrior now, doesn't it!