Dunnavant’s achievements

Published 11:27 am Saturday, January 11, 2020

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Reginald “Reggie” Jarvis Dunnavant was a longtime coach and noted athlete from the area.

After Dunnavant’s recent tragic death, Central High School Athletic Director Wallace Owen kindly volunteered a summary of Dunnavant’s achievements, and I ran some key parts of it in the story on our sports page that highlighted what Dunnavant brought to the community in the realm of athletics.

I’d like to use the space in this column this week to list the full summary that Owen provided on Dunnavant. It is as follows:

• He was a part of the Central Senior High of Lunenburg Class of 1968.

• He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Richmond in 1972 and a Master of Science degree at Longwood College in 1983.

• His teaching assignment was social studies.

• His primary sport was baseball, which he coached at Central for 23 years.

• He also coached basketball for 10 years at the junior varsity (JV) level and one year at the varsity level.

• He volunteered as Central’s football public address announcer for more than 25 years.

• He retired from teaching and coaching after the 1999 season.

Coaching baseball at Central:

• Record: 314-138-2 (.695 winning percentage)

• Record in Virginia High School League (VHSL) regional and state playoffs: 30-15 (.667 winning percentage)

• 12 James River District Championships

• 8 Region B Championships

• 3 state Group A Runners-up (1984, 1990 and 1994)

• 2 state Group A Championships (1985 and 1992)

• 1987 Virginia High School Coaches Association (VHSCA) Coach of the Year

• 4-time VHSCA All-Star Coach

Coaching basketball at Central:

• He was the assistant boys varsity coach for 10 years.

• He was the JV basketball coach for 10 years.

• Record: 115-62 (.650 winning percentage)

• He was the head varsity coach for one year.

• Record: 11-6 (.647 winning percentage)

• He was a VHSCA member for more than 35 years.

• He was a certified VHSL basketball official.

• He was a certified VHSL baseball official.

• He was a certified VHSL softball official.

As high school student-athlete:

• He was a three-sport standout (baseball, basketball and track).

As a college student-athlete:

• He was a four-year letterman in baseball at the University of Richmond.

• He was the team co-captain in 1972.

• He led the team to an NCAA Tournament berth in 1972.

• He was among the top-10 hitters in the Southern Conference all four years.

• He was an All-“Big Five” selection at shortstop for three years.

• He was an All-Southern Conference Team selection at shortstop for three years.

• He held the Southern Conference highest batting average in 1972.

• He was the Southern Conference Player of the Year in 1972.

• He was honored as a member of “Most Outstanding Athletes of America” in 1972.

Titus Mohler is the sports editor for The Kenbridge-Victoria Dispatch and Farmville Newsmedia LLC. His email address is Titus.Mohler@KVDispatch. com.