||COACH WINE INDUCTED INTO BARTON HALL OF FAME
Lenoir Community College Director of Athletics and Head Baseball Coach Sheridan Stone “Stony” Wine was recently inducted into the Barton College Athletic Hall of Fame. Wine was one of four alumni honored at a banquet in Barton’s Kennedy Intramural Center inside Wilson Gymnasium. The class of 2013 brought hall of fame membership to 123.
Wine, who graduated from high school in Fischersville, Va., and attended Alleghany Community College in Cumberland, Md., before arriving at Barton, was happy to see his former coach, Todd Wilkinson, whom the 1994 Barton graduate credited as helping him become not only a great player and coach but also a man.
"When I got here Coach Wilkinson pretty much taught me how to behave, taught me how to work in a professional environment, taught me to have some dignity when I was doing all of that,” Wine said. "I guess I paid attention when he was doing all of that. So I guess the time at Barton has been very valuable to my career at Lenoir Community College,” he said.
“I had recruited Stony out of high school before he went to junior college, and two years later when he came for
| a visit and stood in that door, he had grown into a man,” Wilkinson said. “We were fortunate to have him for two years, and he really got our program pointed in the direction of winning championships.”
“He was a hard worker, a great player who hit for power, a run producer, and a terrific first baseman,” Wilkinson said of Wine. “He had one of the best years of any player we’ve ever had here, and then he got injured. It set our team back and ended a great year for him. With his reputation being known at that point going into his senior year, it made it more difficult to get good pitches.”
During the banquet, Wine also thanked Barton Physical Education Professor Claudia Duncan and Director of Athletics Gary Hall for helping him along the way.
"He had me in his office a couple of times and had a lot of patience with me!” a grinning Wine said of Hall. "Barton means a lot to me. I had a pretty good career here and I had a lot of success here. I wouldn’t have been successful if I didn’t have a lot of good people around me.”
At Barton, he helped the Bulldogs win an NAIA District 26 championship, earning NAIA All-America Honorable Mention in 1993.
Wine, who started his coaching career at Southeastern Community College, has won National Junior College Athletic Association Region X Coach of the Year awards five times at LCC and has taken the Lancers to two NJCAA World Series, finishing second in 2008.
"It’s been a lot of fun and hard work and my foundation came right here,” he said.
After graduating from Barton with a degree in physical education, Wine remained part of the program as an assistant coach, while at the same time earning his master’s degree in the administration of athletics and physical education from East Carolina University, which he completed in 1998.
Wine also served as an assistant coach with the Wilson Tobs in the summer of 1997, the first of three straight summers he spent working with a team in the Coastal Plain League. In 1998, he was an assistant coach with the non-defunct Rocky Mount Rockfish, and in 1999, he got his first manager’s job with the Edenton Steamers.
Wine served two seasons as an assistant at Appalachian State, and worked two years as an instructor with the North Carolina Baseball Academy.
In 2003, he accepted the position of head coach and athletic director at Southeastern Community College in Whiteville, N.C. When the president of Southeastern took the same role at LCC in 2005, Wine went with him, and has served there ever since with spectacular results.
Since 2005, Wine has earned National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region Coach of the Year recognition five times, and has led two squads from Lenoir to World Series appearances.
His 2006 squad still holds the NJCAA Division II record for highest team batting average in a season, and his 2007 team included the nation’s top three stolen base leaders.
“The offense that I’ve implemented in our program is the way we did it at Barton,” Wine said. “That’s a tribute to Coach Wilkinson. If I didn’t have his guidance, I don’t know where I would be right now.”
Wilkinson said it was “very humbling” to hear those comments, and that he’s not surprised Wine has been highly successful as a head coach. “The first thing I think of when I think of Stony is he loves baseball,” Wilkinson said. “Baseball is a passion for him. He loves the sport, and he’s always had a strong work ethic. So when he knew what he wanted to do, I didn’t think it would be any different than the kind of player he came to be. He was going to drive himself and position himself where he could reach the goals he had set for himself.
“His record is tremendous. As a coach, when one of your players ends up coaching, you’re very proud that that’s happened. You certainly hope that things you might have done as a coach would be part of their philosophy as they go forward and that it helped them.”
Wine said he couldn’t ask for more from his Barton experience.
“I became a student of the game at Barton, especially in the hitting area,” Wine said. “I had some good players around me, had a great time when I was playing. I learned a heck of a lot about working on a field – putting in sprinkler systems, laying sod, and planting grass. But that’s OK. That’s what I have to do now. I got a good foundation from being around the program.
“Barton was a great educational and athletic experience. I wouldn’t change it if I had to. It was right for me.”