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Top 50 Hokie Spotlight: Chuck Hartman

By Ed Williams | August 09
Top 50 Hokie Spotlight: Chuck Hartman


When people think of the greatest coaches in Virginia Tech history, the first name that comes up is usually Frank Beamer. But while Beamer was putting Virginia Tech football on the map, there was another coach on campus putting together a legendary career of his own.

Chuck Hartman came to Virginia Tech following a successful 19-year tenure at High Point University. The Gastonia, NC native spent 28 seasons in Blacksburg, from 1979-2006. At the end of his 47-season career Hartman won 1,444 games, which was good for 4th in D1 history . Hartman’s 961 wins in Blacksburg are the most in program history, and the most wins by a coach in any sport at Virginia Tech.

Hartman had his #1 jersey retired in 2006, becoming the first member of the Hokies baseball program to earn this honor. In 2019, Hartman was honored with a plaque on a bench along the Huckleberry trail. The bench was strategically placed across from the Hokies baseball stadium, English Field at Union Park.

Hartman is a member of five different Hall of Fames, including the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame (2002), and the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame (2004). Additionally, Hartman was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2018, alongside Frank Beamer.

Ed Williams

Ed Williams

After 3 years in Blacksburg, I graduated from Virginia Tech in the spring of 2019. Before transferring to VT, I played 1 year of lacrosse at another southwest VA school, Ferrum College. While I loved the D3 life, transferring to Virginia Tech was the best decision I've ever made. I loved every second of my 3 years and I wish it lasted longer.

You'll have a hard time finding a bigger VT Hoops fan than me. Watching the 2019 men’s basketball team make a run to the sweet 16 is by far my favorite VT sports memory, and I’m excited to watch Coach Mike Young get this program back to that level on a consistent basis.

Besides Virginia Tech athletics, I am a huge D.C. sports fan. The Nationals winning the 2019 World Series is my single favorite sports memory, and quite honestly will be very hard to beat. Hopefully a Virginia Tech football or basketball National Championship will give the Nats a run for their money in the near future.

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