JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (July 19, 2011) – ETSU head baseball coach Tony Skole will be inducted into The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame, the school announced on Monday evening. The Hall of Fame induction will take place on Oct. 28 at The Citadel’s Holliday Alumni Center.
"For me, being inducted into The Citadel Hall of Fame is an honor beyond what words can describe,” said Skole. “My time at The Citadel was very special and even more special are the wonderful, life-long relationships I developed while I was there. I was very fortunate to be surrounded by outstanding teammates and outstanding coaches, who continue to positively impact my life on a daily basis. I am very honored and humbled to receive this recognition.”
A two-sport star for The Citadel, Skole played third base for the Bulldogs’ baseball team, while playing defensive back for the football team.
Skole was a member of The Citadel’s 1990 World Series team and is remembered for recording the game-winning hit in the 12th inning to score Anthony Jenkins in the Bulldogs’ win over Cal State Fullerton. Skole also slammed a game-clinching home run in The Citadel’s second victory over Miami in Miami during the ’90 NCAA Regionals. He twice earned second team All-Southern Conference honors (1991, ’92) at third base and when he graduated, he held the school record for most career games (206) and at bats (731).
On the gridiron, he started 35 consecutive games and helped lead the Bulldogs to the 1988 and ’90 I-AA playoffs. A football team captain, he led the league in interceptions his senior season.
Along with Skole, Dallas McPherson (Baseball), Philip Florence (Track & Football), Randy Nesbit (Basketball), Tom McQueeney (Honorary), and Charlie Taaffe (Honorary) will be inducted into the hall this year.