|Organization:||Mount Olive College (NC)|
George Whitfield is an award-winning coach and one of the most influential figures in high school, legion, and college baseball in North Carolina. In addition to building winning programs, he has taught thousands of youth how to excel at the game of life.
Originally from Kinston, NC, Whitfield majored in physical education at East Carolina University. He has coached at Goldsboro High School, Goldsboro American Legion Post 11, Hamlet High School, Hamlet American Legion Post 49, Richmond Senior High School and East Carolina.
In his storied career that spanned nearly five decades, Whitfield won eight state titles, four for high school baseball and four for legion baseball, as well as 15 conference championships. His overall record of 954-286 (.768) has made him one of the winningest baseball coaches in America.
Whitfield has also served as head coach for the South in the 1983 National Sport Festival as well as the 1986 North Carolina State Games, in which his team won the gold medal.
For over 40 years, Whitfield conducted the nationally recognized George Whitfield Baseball Clinic, which brought players, coaches, and officials together from all levels of baseball to discuss issues in the sport and encourage underprivileged players.
For the outstanding programs that he has built, Whitfield has won conference Coach of the Year awards seven times, as well as being named National High School Baseball Coach of the Year in 1969 and 1974.
The success his teams have seen has also led to Whitfield's induction into the Goldsboro High School, North Carolina High School Athletic Association, United States Achievement Academy, North Carolina Athletic Directors and North Carolina Sports Halls of Fame.
Over ninety of his players have received athletic scholarships, with three of them making it to the major leagues. In 1980, Whitfield received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the state's highest civilian honor.
Whitfield was also a recipient of ECU's Outstanding Alumni Award.
Additionally, he has served as an assistant coach at ECU, the only one to serve under three different head coaches. He has also worked as an athletic director at Mount Olive College and as the first baseball coach at Pitt Community College, setting up another winning baseball program.