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Win gives Coach Baxter 1,000th career victory

Another accomplishment by the Blue Nation baseball program took place during a busy week of baseball action last week.
Unicoi County High School baseball coach Charlie Baxter earned career victory number 1,000 following his team’s 7-3 Three Rivers Conference victory over Happy Valley on Tuesday, April 9.
“It’s 1000 wins for the school and these athletes,” Baxter explained. “I’m just glad to be part of it. My whole reason to get into coaching was to build a strong, competitive program. I never counted wins … it’s been about giving the athletes who come through the program a chance to take their talents to the next level.”
The Blue Devil skipper’s overall coaching record currently sits at 1,002-310, following the The Erwin Record’s press deadline. In baseball, the current total is at 789-289 with four state championships. Baxter’s softball record currently sits at 213-21, including a state title in 2002.
“I am very proud of Coach Baxter and the milestone of 1,000 victories as a baseball and softball coach at Unicoi County High School,” UCHS athletic director Michael Smith said. “This is a great accomplishment as a coach and says a lot about the young men and women that he has coached over the years.”
Baxter joins current Walters State Community College baseball coach Ken Campbell in the 1,000-win club on the diamonds and is currently on pace to surpass former Hampton High and Dobyns-Bennett head basketball coach Buck Van Huss as Tennessee’s all-time winningest high school coach.
Throughout the coaching stints at UCHS, the head coach also had the chance to coach his daughter, Katie, to a state championship in softball in 2002 and coached son, Andy, to a baseball title in 1995. Andy is currently an assistant coach with the UCHS baseball program.
With the milestone reached, it’s good to have the hype over with, according to Baxter.
“I’m glad its over with,” he added. “This season has been about this team. They have every chance of doing something special. I like the way they come out and work and the way they carry themselves.”