Grove graduate Fred Oliver was inducted into the National High School Baseball Coaches Associations Hall of Fame on Friday, December 3 at the annual banquet in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was presented with a plaque with his accomplishments and a Hall of Fame ring. This is the fifth group of coaches who have been inducted into this Hall of Fame.
Fred Oliver has been a head coach for 26 years of the 35 years he has coached. Oliver began his coaching career at Duncan High School in 1976 and then moved to Owasso in 1980. Fred then began his head coaching career at Plainview, Texas, where he guided the Bulldogs to the playoffs two of the three years he was there.
The Olivers then moved to Lufkin, Texas in 1989. There, he led the Panthers to the "Final Four" in 1992 and 1994 while winning eight district championships along the way.
Lubbock Monterey High School was his next stop for 10 years where Fred led the Plainsmen to the State Tournament in 2005. He then landed the job at Highland Park High School in Dallas where he has been since 2009. Last year's Scots were 32-6 and advanced to the state regional quarterfinals. As a head coach, Oliver has achieved a record of 543 wins and only 294 losses through 2011. He won his 500th victory during the 2010 season.
Oliver has received numerous awards being named the District 12-5A Coach of the Year eight times, and received the "Coach Who Makes a Difference" Award from High School Extra/Prime Sports Television in 1995-1996. He has coached the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Game in 1992 in the Astrodome and has served as an associate scout for the Houston Astros organization since 1992.
Oliver has been an important member of the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association serving as its Region IV Director, its Secretary, Vice-President, and President in 2002-2004.
Coach Oliver is an active member in the National High School Baseball Coaches Association having served on the District 6 and National Ranking Committees for eight years. He gave two clinic talks at NHSBCA's conventions, one on "practice organization" and the other on "teaching the little things" in the game of baseball.
Oliver is known for not only being an excellent baseball coach, but as being a coach who teaches important human values to his players, helping them develop into strong, positive contributors to their communities. He is a charter member of the BCA.
Coach Oliver is thankful to his family, wife Barby and daughters, Mecca and Lindsay, for allowing him to fulfill his dream of coaching baseball and creating so many friends along the way.