Grayson College baseball head coach Dusty Hart secured his 500th victory on Wednesday as the Vikings swept Weatherford College, 10-2 and 17-8, in a North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference double-header at Dub Hayes Field.
“It’s really exciting,” Grayson College President Dr. Jeremy McMillen said. “It speaks to the quality of the program we have here. We are very proud of him and everything he has accomplished.
Hart began his career with Grayson College as a student-athlete.
“They brought the program back in ‘97 and I was a freshman on the first team,” Hart said. “I was on the first World Series team. Then, I left for three years and came back as an assistant coach. I got the head coach job in 2006. Not many people would have given a 27-year-old the keys to arguably the most successful junior college baseball program in the country.”
Hart said he was surprised and humbled by the response he received after the game.
“I think the coolest thing is all of the guys who have reached out to me in the last 24 hours,” Hart said. “I didn’t even realize it was that big of a deal, honestly. I even had some guys that played here six years ago drive up today to take me to lunch. That was cool.”
Hart explained he was excited to share the win with the current sophomore class. Grayson (37-14, 22-8) closes out the regular season at Weatherford on Saturday before the Region V Tournament.
“We have a really great group of sophomores,” Hart said. “I think 13 of them were on the Dean’s list and Academic All-Conference, which doesn’t happen every year. For them to be that academic and to have the success they’ve had on the field, is great. It was really cool for me that they were the ones that we got it done with.”
“It’s not just me in the 500 wins,” Hart said. “There has been so many good players that have played here. Technically, we write the lineup and we make decisions but they are the ones that have to execute. It says something about the entire program more than any one coach. We are all in this together.”