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PREP BASEBALL: Former North coach inducted into Hall of Fame (1/20)

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By Chuck Jones

By CHUCK JONES cjones@thenewsenterprise.com LOUISVILLE — Dwayne Ellis wasn’t aware the Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association had grown so much, but he found out how different the organization is now than when he coached. Ellis, who coached baseball at North Hardin for 23 years, was inducted in the KHBCA Hall of Fame along with Phil Bell, Micky Strader and Jeff Wilcox on Saturday in Louisville. “It was a real thrill,” Ellis said. “It was an honor. Back when I coached, football had a coaches association and basketball had one, but none of the other sports. I was surprised by how much the baseball coaches association had grown.” The honor caught Ellis by surprise, but one he happily enjoyed with family and friends. His wife, Sandy, along with his son, Tim, daughter, Traci and five grandchildren were on hand at the induction. “I’ve been blessed,” said Ellis, who calls games on Hardin County Education Community television. “I was able to coach a game I loved for so many years and I have a great family.” Ellis, a Green County High School graduate, was fresh out of Campbellsville University when he was offered the baseball job at North Hardin prior to the 1967-68 school year. He retired from coaching after the 1990 season after his youngest son, Todd, graduated. “I had met Mr. (Ray) Story when I was at Campbellsville and I was lucky that they were looking for a coach when I graduated,” Ellis said. In 23 seasons, Ellis compiled a record of 404-214. The Trojans won the 17th District three times and finished as runners-up 12 times at a time when only the district champion went to the 5th Region Tournament. Ellis guided the Trojans to two region championships. “He’s an awful nice man,” said North Hardin baseball coach Greg Gumm, who spent a season as an assistant under Ellis. “He’s a very respected individual. He stressed academics more so than baseball. He’s a very class act and someone I have a lot of respect for.” Ellis praised the work of his assistants – Dan McCamish, Tom Kitchen, Harold Tucker and Gumm – over the years. Ellis taught at North Hardin from 1967-1998. He spent most of his time in the English department. Ellis also taught part-time at Elizabethtown Community College from 1988-2005. Chuck Jones can be reached at 505-1759