GREENSBORO, NC - Sandy Gann '66, a former Guilford College baseball player as well as a former coach and athletics director at Northwest Guilford High School, was inducted into the North Carolina High School Baseball Association Hall of Fame last month. Gann is also a member of the Forsyth County and Guilford College sports Halls of Fame.
He coached baseball at Northwest for 32 years and recorded 422 wins with the program. His Vikings' won six conference championships, played in the North Carolina state playoffs six times, and won the 1998 state 4-A championship. Gann received six conference coach of the year awards, as well as Guilford County coach of the year, and state coach of the year recognition. When he retired he had the fourth-highest baseball wins all-time in North Carolina. Northwest Guilford renamed its baseball field in his honor.
Gann was not only an excellent coach, but an excellent player as well. He graduated from Glenn High School in 1962 where he was all-conference for three years and was selected for the 1962 East-West All-Star Game. He also helped Glenn to 27 consecutive conference wins at one point. After high school he played second base for Guilford where he was a four-year starter. He was named to the All Carolinas Conference team in 1965 and 1966. As a senior, he led Guilford to a fourth place finish at the NAIA College World Series, where he set a tournament record with seven consecutive hits. The mark stood for nearly 30 years.
Gann married his wife, Jeanette, in 1969 and they have two sons. Sandy Jr. and John are both currently coaching high school baseball in Guilford County. Sandy Jr. heads the program at Northwest Guilford and John is an assistant at Southwest Guilford High School. John's wife, Emily, is Guilford's head volleyball coach.