Nov. 6, 2012
Bolding to retire from Longwood
Bolding, entering his 35th season as head coach at Longwood
University, has announced that he will retire following the 2013
Bolding has compiled an overall record of
927-516-4 over the past 34 years, with 31 winning seasons.
Bolding led the Lancers to 26 straight winning seasons, from
1979 to 2004. He led the program through the transition from
Division III to Division II, to Division I Independent, to Big
South Conference member. Bolding guided Longwood to six NCAA
Division II Tournament appearances, including two trips to the
Division II College World Series. The most recent College World
Series appearance came in 1991, when the Lancers set a program
record with a 41-8 record.
Longwood renamed its baseball facility Buddy
Bolding Stadium in the fall of 2009.
Bolding has had nine players selected in the MLB
Draft since 1988. The highest was first-rounder Michael Tucker,
who was taken with the 10th overall pick by the Kansas City
Royals in 1992. That summer, he became the first and only
Olympic athlete from Longwood. Tucker played for 12 years in the
Major Leagues, from 1995 to 2006.
Bolding was a member of the NCAA regional
selection committee nine times. He was voted Virginia College
Division Coach of the Year four times and South Atlantic Region
Coach of the Year twice.
A native of Hardy, Va., Bolding was an Army Medic
in Vietnam before earning a Bachelor of Science degree in
Health, Physical Education and Recreation from Milligan (Tenn.)
College in 1973. One year later, he received a Master of Science
degree from the University of Tennessee. He and his wife,
Andrea, have three children: Lauren, Suzanne and Brad. All three
attended Longwood, with two earning degrees from the school.
Brad played baseball for the Lancers before graduating from Old
(photo courtesy of Longwood Media