McWhorter honored by Laurel school board for Hall of Fame Induction

Feb. 7—His name is synonymous with high school baseball, both locally and on the statewide level.

Darren McWhorter has served as Head Coach for the North Laurel High School baseball team for 24 years, after serving as Assistant Coach from 1993 until 2001.

McWhorter's record as coach speaks for itself. It also speaks across the state, having been selected to the Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame.

This monumental achievement brought recognition before the Laurel County school board last month, with McWhorter being presented with a Certificate of Achievement.

Superintendent Denise Griebel cited some of McWhorter's achievements as coach over his multi-decade of leadership.

"He has over 500 wins as NLHS baseball with 416 of those as Head Coach. Under his direction, NLHS Baseball has won 10 district titles, three 13th Region championships and has had three 13th Region runner-up finishes," she said.

"He has had 20 former players go on to play at the collegiate level with five playing Division 1 baseball."

McWhorter thanked the board for the opportunity to coach in his hometown, stating that he had coached sons of several school officials and board members. Of those were Griebel's son, board member Jeff Lewis' son, and was board member Brice Hicks' coach.

"I went to high school with Darren and I never dreamed he'd be a coach, much less be my son's coach," Lewis said. "But he's been a great asset to the program."

McWhorter graduated from Laurel County High School and attended Union College where he played football and baseball while earning a degree in Education. He launched his career in education as a Health/P.E. teacher at North Laurel High School.