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Hence inducted into Bridgewater Sports Hall of Fame

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Andrew Hence (left) and his family gather at Bridgewater College for Hence’s Hall of Fame induction.

Former Middlesex High School teacher and coach Andrew Hence was recently inducted into the Bridgewater College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Hence was a four-year member of the Bridgewater College baseball program and is still recognized as one of the top pitchers in college history.

Hence was named the Eagles’ outstanding pitcher in both 1974 and 1975 and was named to the All-VCAA first team in each of those seasons. Hence ranked among the nation’s leaders in earned run average (ERA) in 1974 when he posted a 4-1 record with a 1.71 ERA. As a senior, Hence was a team captain and posted a 1.63 ERA along with a .500 batting average. Hence still owns the Bridgewater College career record for shutouts with 6.

Following graduation in 1975, Hence embarked on a career in teaching and coaching in Virginia. His first stop was at Essex High School where he led the girls softball team to the district, regional and state titles.

Hence coached girls basketball at Middlesex High from 1981-98 where he accumulated 283 wins and was named District Coach of the Year in 1990.

He also coached baseball at Middlesex High from 1982-92 and boys basketball from 1990-97. He was named Northern Neck District Coach of the Year in boys basketball in 1996 and 1997.

Hence then moved on to Massaponax where he coached boys basketball from 1998-2003. From there he went to Riverbend High School where he coached golf until stepping down following the 2011 season. He was named the area’s Golf Coach of the Year in 2006.

Hence is also an active member in his church as well as holding membership in several teaching and coaching organizations.

Honorees have been superior athletes at Bridgewater College and have been extraordinary citizens after graduation and distinguished themselves as role models in the community, church, government service, and/or profession.

posted 11.14.2012

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