Friday night, Olympic High will officially rename its baseball stadium in honor of former coach Bob Rhodes. The Trojans will host a dinner at 5:30 p.m., ahead of a 7:30 p.m. game with Charlotte Catholic.
Rhodes, a Harding High grad, played baseball at North Carolina before returning to Charlotte and teaching PE and coaching baseball, football and basketball at Ranson Junior High. In 1977, Rhodes moved to Olympic High, where he coached for 32 years and won 378 games.
Rhodes also coached the Steele Creek Athletic Association teams, in the Olympic area, to three consecutive state championships from 1993-95.
At Steele Creek, Rhodes helped bring four southeast regional Babe Ruth baseball tournaments to Olympic, with the winner advancing to the World Series.
The first of these Babe Ruth events, in 1984, was a fundraiser for Steele Creek to help develop a facility. With profits from the tournament, Rhodes bought new fencing for Olympic’s field, which still stands today.
In 2008, Rhodes received the “Contributions to the Game of Baseball Award” from the Greater Charlotte Area Hot Stove League. He has been named conference coach of the year, was a member of the State Coaches Association, and was an assistant coach for the North Carolina State Games.
▪ Tickets for the dinner are $25 per person and include preferred seating for the game. Information? joan.o’firstname.lastname@example.org