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Hugh Franklin Stephens

Hugh Franklin Stephens

Hugh Stephens was born in Staunton, Virginia in 1917. He attended Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. He played basketball for two years and baseball for all four years. He was an outstanding pitcher, compiling a 4-year record of 20-9. After graduating from Randolph Macon in 1941, he became Athletic Director at Henry Clay High School in Ashland. Following service in the Air Force from 1942-46, Stephens returned to Henry Clay High where he remained until 1948. He was then named graduate manager of athletics at Randolph Macon, serving as business manager and assisting in all sports. The following year Stephens was named Athletic Director and basketball coach. In 1950, he was named baseball coach. He guided the Randolph Macon baseball teams to a total of 31 winning seasons in 32 years, and they held a .689 winning percentage. His teams claimed the state small college title ten times, the Mason Dixon Conference Title eleven times and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference title twice. StephensÕ teams were noted for tireless hustle and excellence in the fundamentals of the games. Stephens was known as "The Silver Fox" by his players and colleagues and retired from Randolph Macon College in 1982. He was recognized on the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Wall of Honor in 1988. Stephens died on May 21, 1993 of cancer at the age of 75.