2023 NOMINEE – BASEBALL
Beth-Center High School
West Virginia University
- Mr. Pryor served as baseball coach at Beth-Center for 31 years
- He was with the Bulldogs’ baseball program for 33 years and served as an assistant coach to Romaine Howell in 1986 and 1987 before taking over the program in 1988.
- Mr. Pryor won more than 275 games in his coaching career at Beth-Center
- Under Pryor, Beth-Center won four section championships and qualified for the WPIAL playoffs 10 times. One of his best teams was the 2011 Bulldogs, who went 13-4 overall and shared the section championship with California. Beth-Center defeated Vincentian in the first round of the WPIAL Class A playoffs before losing to Neshannock, 7-6, in the quarterfinals. The Lancers defeated the Bulldogs twice that season and won the WPIAL title
- As a player, Pryor was a strong performer for the Bulldogs and then walked on at WVU, where he earned a baseball scholarship from former Mountaineers’ Coach, the late Dale Ramsburg. Pryor, an outfielder, played for WVU from 1973-77. He received a tryout from the Pittsburgh Pirates, who he trained with for a few weeks in Bradenton, Fla.
- He later served as a graduate assistant to Ramsburg and was part of the Mountaineers’1982 squad that was two outs away from advancing to the NCAA College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, before losing to South Carolina in the East Regional. WVU won the Eastern 8 (later known as the Atlantic 10) Conference in 1982 and qualified for NCAA tournament for the first time since 1967. They finished a school-best 16th nationally.
- He also was an athletic director for the Bulldogs.
- In addition to his baseball prowess, Pryor was an outstanding basketball official at the high school and collegiate level, before retiring from it about 10 years ago after 35 years of service. He worked NCAA Division I and II games – 16 years in Division I and 27 years in Division II.
- Pryor and fellow Beth-Center graduate, Rich Kotarsky, were two of the three officials for Kobe Bryant’s last scholastic game in the PIAA Championships at Hersheypark Arena.
- All told, he officiated two WPIAL football finals, seven WPIAL basketball finals, three PIAA basketball finals, two PSAC Final Fours, two USCAA finals, two Penn State Brach finals and one NCAA II Regional.
- He currently serves as an evaluator of football and basketball officials for several conferences and organizations including the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, Eastern College Athletic Conference and PIAA and WPIAL.
- Served as an associate baseball scout for 16 years with the Kansas City Royals under the direction of Joe Emmanuel.