Appleton Inducted Into Georgia Dugout Club Baseball Hall of Fame
SOURCE: CSU ATHLETICS
Adding to his resume, Columbus State University head baseball coach Greg Appleton was officially inducted into the Georgia Dugout Club Baseball Hall of Fame on Friday.
The ceremony took place at the Marietta Hilton Hotel & Conference Center in Atlanta. Cougar associate head coach Patrick Collins introduced Appleton at the event. Collins played for Appleton at Young Harris College and has been on the Cougar coaching staff since 2003 after returning to the program.
“This is a very humbling honor,” said Appleton. “To be included with all these great coaches in the GDC Hall of Fame is just an unbelievable feeling.”
“Being a lifelong resident of Atlanta, playing high school, college and coaching only in Georgia, being recognized by the Georgia Dugout Club is the highest recognition for me.”
About to begin his 23rd season at Columbus State, Appleton is the all-time wins leader in the storied 50-year history of Columbus State baseball. With a career record of 803-430 at CSU, Appleton ranks among the active leaders at the NCAA Division level in wins and winning percentage. In 2002, Appleton led the Cougars to the program’s first national championship
In addition to the national title, Appleton has taken the Cougars to the NCAA Tournament 11 times, including four trips to the Division II College World Series. CSU also reached the championship round in 2004 and 2018.
Appleton and Columbus State have captured two Peach Belt Conference championships (2008, 2016) and three PBC Tournament titles (2006, 2010, 2016) under his leadership.
He has been named the National Coach of the Year in 2002 while also earning Regional Coach of the Year honors in 2007 and 2018.
“I would like to be remembered as a competitor that prepared my team to play their best,” Appleton said. “I want my players to know they were the source of my success.”
Before taking over at Columbus State, Appleton restarted the Young Harris baseball program in 1994. He compiled a 127-74 mark in four seasons to take his overall career coaching record to 930-504 entering the 2020 season.
Before his days as a collegiate head coach, Appleton was the pitching coach and played a key role in helping Georgia win its only national baseball championship in 1990. As an assistant, he also helped the Bulldogs win the 1987 SEC title as Georgia made the NCAA College World Series.
Appleton played for UGA from 1981-84 and served as a graduate assistant at the university during the 1985 and 1986 seasons.
Other members of the 2020 class included former Toombs County head coach Steve Janousek, North Paulding head coach Dennis Jordan, the late Dennis Payne, Marist head coach Mike Strickland, and longtime First Presbyterian Day coach Jim Turner.