MHS graduate Daniel Rollins lands coaching job
by Gary Williams
Middlesex High School graduate Daniel Rollins (Class of 2005) was recently named the assistant coach of the New Market Rebels baseball team in the Valley Baseball League.
“We are happy to have Daniel as a part of our staff.” said Rebels head coach Lucas Jones. “He has done at great job at Randolph-Macon and we hope to carry that over to the summer.”
The Rebels are part of the Valley Baseball League, which boasts rosters full of the top college baseball players in the country trying to make it to the professional level. It is considered one of the top collegiate and MLB-sanctioned leagues in the country. The Valley Baseball League teams are located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and rivals such leagues as the Cape Cod League.
Rollins was an All-State baseball selection for Middlesex High School in 2005 and led the Chargers to the state playoffs. He then signed with Randolph-Macon College baseball team as a relief pitcher and catcher. Rollins’ class won 66 games in three seasons at R-MC and claimed the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship in 2008. This was the school’s first conference title in 21 years.
During the summers, Rollins played and coached for the Middle Peninsula Mariners in the Virginia Baseball League. He has been part of the Mariners for six seasons and helped the team to the Virginia Baseball League title last summer. Rollins also coached at several baseball camps, including the Winter Select Pitching and Catching Clinic held at Middlesex High School.
In 2008, the opportunity to graduate early with a degree in political science along with a serious back injury ended Rollins’ college playing career. Shortly after the 2008 baseball season, he was chosen as an assistant coach at R-MC. He, along with head coach Ray Hedrick and assistant coach Lucas Jones, led the team to a third place finish in the 2009 Old Dominion Athletic Conference standings this spring.