Mills E. Godwin Baseball: Godwin News

Tuesday, October 28
The Mills Godwin Baseball Coaching Staff
Head Coach--John Marano

John has been coaching since 1977 in Henrico County. He started as an assistant to Ray Garrett at Hermitage High School and later assisted Philip Mourtzakis. In 1988 he moved to Byrd Middle School where he was the head football and head track coach for 3 years. He was named the Middle School Coach of the Year in Henrico County in 1990. In 1991 Marano moved to Mills Godwin where he assisted Dan Lynch for the next 6 years. Since taking over the program in 1998 he has a record of 268-86 (.757 winning percentage) while winning 8 Colonial District Championships, 6 District Tournament Championships, 2 Central Region Championships and the 1999 Virginia State AAA Championship last season. He was selected as the Colonial District Coach of the Year in 2002,2005 and 2008, 2009, 2011 and Regional Coach of the Year in 2005 and the ABCA Region 2 Coach of the Year in 2003. He was named the 2010 Coach of the Year by the Virginia High School Coaches Association.
John graduated from Varina High School (1967-70) where he played for Howard Clabough. He attended Chowan College and graduated from Virginia Tech (HPE 75). John teaches driver education at Godwin. He is a active member in the Virginia High School Coaches Association, the National High School Baseball Coaches Association and the American Baseball Coaches Association. He is the District Two representative for NC,VA,DC,MD,WV,PA,DE,and NJ. He serves on the committee that picks the National High School All American team and the National Coach of the Year for high school baseball. That committee meets each June in Omaha, Neb. during the College World Series to select the All American team. After 15 years as the head coach at Godwin and with 22 years in the program and a coaching career that spaned 33 years Coach Marano retired from coaching at the end of the 2012 season.


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Friday, August 19
Godwin Players Who Signed/Played College Baseball

Reed Garrett-Virginia Military Institue
Matthew Lees-Virginia Commonwealth University
Travis Biddix-Longwood University
Cody Handshaw-Methodist College
Sean Becker-Salve Regina College

Erik Payne-University of South Carolina
Conner Brown-James Madison University
Zack Mihalko-Longwood University
Adam Blankinship-Longwood University

Reed Gragnani-The University of Virginia
Kevin Buran -Pitt CC, transferred to Charleston Southern University
Jack Saladino-Old Dominion University

Robbie Garrett-Lynchburg College
Nick Caporale-Hampden Sydney

Tyler Biddix-The University of Virginia
Greg Mitro-Randolph Macon College

Graham Stoneburner-Clemson University
Matt Blow-College of William and Mary, transferred to Va. Tech
Adam Carpenter-Virginia Military Institute, transferred to Randolph Macon College
Eric Fornataro-Pensacola Junior College, transferred to Miami Dade JC
Rhys Steinhorst-Louisburg Junior College
Craig Stewart-University of Mary Washington

Justin Bristow-Auburn University, Transferred to East Carolina
Bruno Gora-Randolph Macon
Brian Snellings-Randolph Macon
Luke Swiney-Hampden-Sydney College

Billy Capone-Bluefield College
Quinn McGuire-Bluefield College
Danny Yarbrough-Rappahannock Community College
Jack Reed-Harvard University JV

Matt Moses-Clemson
Charlie Yarbrough-Longwood/transferred to Eastern Kentucky University (2005)
Kris Rochelle-UNC-C
Davis Stoneburner-JMU
Steven Cruey-BC

Mitchell Moses-JMU
Matt Bristow-JMU
Casey McCray-Randolph Macon

Teddy Reed-Harvard JV
Derek Mitchell-Concord College
Greg Drumheller-Randolph Macon

Clint Abbate-Longwood

Ryan Mathews-West Virginia University
Tommy Edelblut-VCU
Rob Gragnani-VCU
Doug McCray-Randolph Macon
Fletcher Lane-University of Virginia

Brock Lawson-USC-Spartanburg
Matt Gouffon-USC-Spartanburg
Mike Fullan-William and Mary

Brian Copeland-Va. Tech
Luckie DaCosta-Louisburg, VCU

Blair Brantley-Randolph Macon

Adam Taylor-Randolph Macon
Scott Paciocco-Randolph Macon
Rhett Rutman-Va. Tech

Billy Berry-Bluefield College

Jim Sander-Duke University
Rob Anderson-Randolph Macon College

Turner Broughton-William and Mary

Scott Spears-Hampden-Sydney
Braxton Bell-Va. Tech

Rob Grimes-VCU
Les Jennette-Va. Tech

Chris Herndon-U. of Richmond, Coastal Carolina
Miller Robinson-Anderson JC and USC-Spartansburg
Jon Hartness-Va. Tech
Donnie Just-Radford

Tuesday, August 26
Former Godwin Players now Coaching
Several former Godwin Baseball players have entered the coaching ranks.

Jon Hartness, Va. Tech, is the Athletic Director at Cave Springs High School after a long career as an assistant coach at Va. Tech under Hall of Fame coach Chuck Hartman.

Hunter Thomas, James Madison University, is the former Varsity Assistant coach for Mills Godwin. He is now Godwin's Head Basketball coach but is a valuable advisor to Coach Marano. Hunter was also the winning pitcher in the first game ever played by Godwin High School in 1981.

Billy Berry, Tennessee Weslayan head coach, was an assistant at Godwin High School for the 1999 and 2000 seasons. He moved to Tucker High School as an assistant for the 2001 and 2002 seasons. Billy was the head coach at Bluefield College during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Coach Berry has taken TWC to the NAIA World Series in 2010 and 2011.

Cris Bell, Cris is the assistant foootball at a high school just outside of Atlanta, Ga. He was the defensive cooridnator at Hampden Sydney College for 3 season before moving to Georgia. Previously Coach Bell worked at Appomattox High School, James River High School, Greenville College, and as a football and baseball coach at Godwin. Coach Bell was an assistant baseball coach in 1998 and guided the Eagles to a 21-3 record on a team that was ranked as high as 3rd nationally by USA Today.

Adam Taylor is the head baseball coach at Franklin & Williams College in Lancaster, Pa. He graduated from Randolph Macon College and in 2005 became an assistant coach at The College of William and Mary under coach Frank Leoni. Adam coached previously at The University of Richmond, Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina and was an assistant at Greeensboro College for one season.

Braxton Bell, Class of 1990 is the head baseball coach at Strong Rock Christian School in Georgia. Before moving to Georgia Braxton was the head baseball coach at Tucker High School for 3 seasons and did a great job with the Tigers. Braxton played at Va. Tech for Chuck Hartman and later was assistant coach at The University of Richmond under Ronnie Atkins. He was Godwin's first base coach during the 1999 State Championship season.

Jason Sipe, Class of 1997 was named the Head Baseball coach at Hermitage High School in 2011. Jason played baseball and graduated from VCU. He was a Godwin assistant in 2001 before moving into private business. Currently Jason teaches Math.

Kris Rochelle, Class of 2003 is now an assistant coach at Charlotte University starting his second season as a college coach. Kris played 4 years as a catcher and hit over .400 his senior year as well as receivning recognition as an outstanding catcher nationally on the D1 level. He was drafted by the Detriot Tigers and played one season of minor league ball. He later signed with Washington Wild Things of the Frontier League playing for one season. After the 2009 season Kris returned to Charlotte as an assistant coach.