After 30 years (and counting) as a high school baseball coach, with eight state trophies, 14 league titles and 501 career victories — Warrenton baseball coach Lennie Wolfe is being inducted into the Oregon High School Baseball Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame.
Wolfe will be honored at an OHSBCA banquet Nov. 4 in Wilsonville, where the association’s Class of 2017 inductees will be formally recognized.
In addition to Wolfe, this year’s Hall of Fame class includes the late Eugene Dockter (coached at Ione and Adrian high schools), and former McKay coach Dan Gordon.
The coaches association is also honoring Warrenton High School employee Doug Calvert for his contributions to Oregon baseball. A meticulous keeper of Oregon high school sports records, Calvert will receive a Merit Award for his work.
Wolfe is currently 11th on the list of all-time career coaching victories among Oregon high school baseball coaches, with a record of 501 wins, 264 losses.
“One of the most gratifying things will be, being able to thank so many people in such a public way,” Wolfe said of the upcoming banquet. “Thanking people in a face-to-face setting is one thing, but it’s difficult to put into words how thankful I am to be able to express it in a grander setting. And the honor means a lot to me, if anything, being able to follow some of the coaches who are there, and guys I looked up to and learned from,” such as former Warrenton coach Dwayne Huddleston and former Seaside coach Jim Auld.
Wolfe spent four years (1988-91) at Glide before coming to Warrenton in 1992. He has coached the Warriors ever since, compiling a record of 470-207. His teams have made the state playoff 18 times, with 14 league titles, eight state trophies, three state finalists and one state title, in 1994.
Wolfe’s Oregon Junior Baseball summer teams at Warrenton have made 14 trips to the Junior Baseball state tournament, with championships in 1999 and 2003.
In his career as a player, Wolfe played four years at Pacific University in Forest Grove.
He began a teaching career in 1984 at Colton High School, where he coached football, wrestling and baseball; he took over as head coach at Glide in 1988.
Wolfe was hired at Warrenton High School in 1991, where he helped coach wrestling through 2007 and football through 2011. He will begin his 27th year as the Warriors’ baseball coach next spring.
The Nov. 4 banquet “also gives me a venue to thank all the Warrenton players and their families for the huge part they have played in my life,” Wolfe said. “Our successes are shared, and reflect much more than just trophies. I’m so proud of what my former players have become.
“Every year at our Alumni Game I’m overwhelmed by how much the guys and their families care for each other. What we have created here in Warrenton is special.”
Retired from full-time teaching in 2015, Wolfe has been married to wife Michelle since 1983. His son Dan (also a former player at Pacific) is an assistant coach at Monroe High School.
Established in 1997 by Pete Ness and Ross Peterson, the coaches association’s Hall of Fame held its inaugural induction in 1997-98.