Tommy Grayson
Tommy Grayson
Title: Assistant Baseball Coach
Year: 14th season
Previous College: Guilford '68

Guilford Hall of Famer Tommy Grayson ‘68 returned for a second tour of duty with the Quakers’ baseball team in the fall of 2010 as the team’s bench coach, while also assisting with hitters and infielders. Grayson also assisted with his alma mater’s baseball team from 1993-1995 and in 1997.

In 2017, the Quakers went 22-17. Guilford College's Trevor Denton earned Second Team All-South Region honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association and Rawlings. Denton, Josh Shepherd and Mitchell Stumpo earned All-ODAC distinction for Guilford.

Grayson helped guide Chuck Noble '16 to All-State honors in his senior campaign. He led the Quakers with a .366 average, good for ninth in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), and tallied 41 hits, 16 runs scored, 14 RBIs and two stolen bases over 31 games.

Grayson spent four seasons in the Detroit Tigers’ minor-league system, where he reached the Triple-A level.  He earned NAIA All-America honors for the Quakers in 1967 and 1968, was the Carolinas Conference Player of the Year in 1967 and was voted Guilford’s Best Undergraduate Male Athlete in 1966.  Grayson helped coach Stuart Maynard’s ‘43 baseball team to a 28-9 record in 1966 and an NAIA World Series appearance, where the Quakers finished fourth overall.

The Guilford graduate has also spent much of his coaching career on the gridiron, assisting with the Quakers’ football team on multiple occasions. Grayson served as the wide receivers and tight ends coach in 2002, worked with the defensive line in 2003 and coached running backs in 2004.

Grayson retired from a distinguished high school teaching and football coaching career in 2002. He spent seven years as a teacher and head football coach at Rockingham County High School from 1995-2002. Grayson enjoyed 16 years as the head football coach at Eastern Guilford High School where he compiled an 80-81 record and won a North Carolina Class 3-A Division II East title in 1981. He also coached NFL receiver Torry Holt at Eastern Guilford.

During his time at Guilford, Grayson set multiple records including single-season batting average (.409), triples (7) and slugging percentage (.765), which still rank among Guilford’s all-time leaders. Grayson also set marks for single-season rushing yards (775) and touchdowns (10). He was enshrined in the Guilford College Athletics Hall of Fame in 1982. He is also a member of the Chowan College and Davidson County (NC) Sports Halls of Fame.