VISAA State Champions
2000, 2010, 2017
Can you name a Richmond-based high school baseball program that sent four of its member to play at the college level last year? We can: Benedictine College Prep. It’s hardly surprising that such a sought-after quartet graduated as Cadet diamondeers.
After all, Benedictine has made it to the state playoffs in ten of the past eleven seasons.Cadet baseball has been one of the top four teams in the state in four of the past six seasons. Playing on their meticulously groomed field, and with a 30+ game schedule that includes a team trip to Florida, the Cadets are poised to continue their magnificent streak of success.
BENEDICTINE IS PROUD TO COUNT A WORLD SERIES CHAMPION, AN NBA FINALS CHAMP AND A COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPION AMONG ITS BASEBALL ROSTER. TRACY WOODSON STARRED AT NORTH CAROLINA STATE BEFORE SPENDING FIVE SEASONS IN THE MAJOR LEAGUES, BELTING A HOMER OFF HALL OF FAMER NOLAN RYAN IN HIS EIGHTH CAREER GAME.
In 1988, Woodson played a key reserve role for the World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers and can be seen bear-hugging a gimpy Kirk Gibson at home plate after Gibson stunned Oakland with a game-winning homer in Game 1 of the Series. “I get goose bumps every time,” Woodson said of watching the replays. “People can say what they want about Bill Mazeroski’s home run. There is no bigger home run. It was off the best reliever in baseball. He couldn’t walk. It won the game…it won the World Series for us.”
Woodson spent eight seasons as a minor league coach before accepting the head coaching position at Valparaiso University in 2006. In July of 2013, Woodson was named head coach at the University of Richmond.
John Kuester starred in baseball but ended up playing for Dean Smith’s North Carolina Tar Heels for four years, helping UNC to four NCAA tournaments. He earned a NBA Finals ring as an assistant coach for the Detroit Pistons in 2004 and spent two seasons as head coach of the Pistons. And although Bobby Ross is more famous as a football coach – “Boss Ross” won a national title at Georgia Tech and led the San Diego Chargers to the Super Bowl – he also spent plenty of time on the baseball diamond.
Other Cadets who have excelled on the diamond after high school include: