The YMCA of Frederick County’s Alvin G. Quinn Sports Hall of Fame held its 43rd Annual Memorial Banquet on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 6:00pm at the Downtown Y where six new individuals were inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Each year we recognize individuals who, through their accomplishments and contributions in the field of athletics, bring honor to self and to Frederick County. Alvin G. Quinn was the Executive Director of the YMCA of Frederick County from 1919 to 1960. No individual has ever had such an impact on so many of the area’s young people during his 40 year career as did Mr. Quinn.
Photos From The Event
2019 HOF Inductees
In 2019, we honored the following new inductees listed from left to right (Scroll down for their Bios):
- Alan Lescalleet, Jim Foit, Joey Hammond, Troy Wilson. Not Pictured: Amy Burdette Riggs (Deceased), Roy Comer (Deceased)
ALAN LESCALLEET – Outstanding Soccer Coach
An outstanding athlete during his early years playing basketball, baseball, and soccer at Walkersville High School, Alan Lescalleet stood out amongst his peers as an educator, coach, and mentor. A graduate of Walkersville High School and Hood College, Alan spent 35 years as a teacher and coach at Brunswick High School. After restarting the soccer program in 1980 at Brunswick High, Alan went on to win two Maryland state 1-A soccer championships as the head coach and was named All Area Coach of the Year in 1989 and 1990 by the Frederick News Post. Alan also coached the men’s soccer team at Frederick Community College in 2002 and led the team to the second-best record in school history. Alan was an integral part of Soccer Select Programs in Frederick County for 15 years. In 2015, Alan Lescalleet was selected to the Frederick County Soccer Hall of Fame.
JIM FOIT – Outstanding Baseball Player & Coach
Jim Foit was a standout baseball player at Mt. Saint Joseph’s High School in Baltimore, where he lettered all four years in baseball and basketball. But baseball was his sport, which eventually led him to Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VA Tech) where he was the starting shortstop all four years. In 1982, Jim’s talent on the field caught the eye of a Texas Rangers scout and he was drafted by the Rangers in the 26th round. Jim played a total of 212 minor league games before ending his playing days in the Texas League with the Tulsa Drillers. In 1988, Jim started his teaching career in Frederick County and by 1992 he was the head baseball coach at Governor Thomas Johnson High School. Jim won state baseball championships in 1992 and 2002 and in 1994 was named the Frederick News Post Coach of the Year. Jim currently is in his 30th year teaching in Frederick County.
JOEY HAMMOND – Outstanding Baseball Player
Joey Hammond was a four-year varsity player on the Governor Thomas Johnson High School baseball team that won the state championship in 1992. He was named the Frederick News Post Player of the Year in 1995. At UNC Charlotte, Joey played every inning in his three-year span and was named to the All-USA Conference team after batting .398. Joey’s 11-year professional baseball stint is the third-longest minor league career ever by a local Frederick County native. Joey was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 25th round of the 1998 Major League Baseball draft and went on to play in the Baltimore Orioles’ and Philadelphia Phillies’ organizations. During his career, Joey made it to the AAA level, ripping over 1,100 career hits and a career .274 batting average. He was named to the Reading Phillies All Decade Team (2000–2009). Joey currently serves as an assistant baseball coach at Wake Forest University in the premier ACC.
TROY WILSON – Three-Sport State Champion
Troy Wilson was a three-sport standout at Governor Thomas Johnson High School, where he played baseball, basketball, and football and carried his teams to win three Maryland state championships in three sports. In football, Troy was a strong-armed quarterback and unbelievable fast safety. In Troy’s freshman, junior, and senior years, his teams went undefeated and won the Maryland State Championship in 1982. Troy was a superb shortstop on the baseball field, playing all four years and leading his team to another state championship in 1983. Troy continued his football career at the University of Notre Dame, where he was a standout cornerback. He was chosen as a Monogram Award Winner all four years, played in the 1983 Liberty Bowl and in 1984 played in the Aloha Bowl. Troy also played professional football in the Canadian Football League, where he played four years with the Ottawa Rough Riders and was selected as an All-CFL defensive back in 1990.
AMY BURDETTE RIGGS – Outstanding Softball Player
Amy Burdette Riggs was a hard-throwing, left-handed pitcher with a nasty curve ball and unmatched competitive spirit. She dominated at the travel ball level, leading the Heartbreakers to six top 10 finishes in national tournaments, racked up 81 wins, and had an ERA of .085. At Walkersville High School, Amy tossed 15 no-hitters, three perfect games, and had 581 career strikeouts. She never lost a high school playoff game and holds the Maryland high school softball records with most wins in a season (23) in 1999 and best earned run average (0.00) in 1998. She led Walkersville to two Maryland state championships (1996 and 1999) and was the Frederick News Post and Herald Mail Player of the Year in 1998 and 1999. Amy continued her playing career at NCAA Division 1 Iona College, where she was a two-time All-Conference player and won 32 games, 14 by shutout.
ROY COMER – Outstanding Coach and Innovator
Roy Comer’s 32-year legacy is one of the most respected coaching careers ever in Frederick County. Roy was a huge innovator in high school football across the state of Maryland and created a winning tradition in every program he coached. Roy graduated from Shepherd College (now Shepherd University), where he played basketball and football. Roy led the 1961 Chestertown High School basketball team to an undefeated season and then led Martinsburg High School basketball teams to Tri-State championships from 1961 to 1963. At Frederick High School, Roy coached his powerhouse football teams to two Tri-State championships in three years. Roy was instrumental in creating the Maryland State High School Football Tournament and helped secure Byrd Stadium as the tournament location. Roy was chairman of the Maryland State Football Tournament for 14 years, and in 1988 he was inducted into the Maryland State Athletic Association Hall of Fame. A year later, he was inducted into the Maryland Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.