Richmond Diamonds 18U FastPitch Softball
Walter Pettus Inducted into the Central Virginia ASA Hall of Fame
Walter Pettus Coaching Bio, as presented in the ceremony on November 17, 2012 Walter's coaching career started as a player/manager of the Mt. Hermon Church Fastpitch team in the Winterpock Church League in Chesterfield County, VA in 1965. He was the manager of the team for 11 years.
In 1975 he started managing a Men’s Fastpitch Travel Softball as the manager of Tilghman’s Electric and managed men’s Fastpitch travel teams from 1975 through 1985 which included Old Stage Motor Lodge, ChemTreat and Virginia Capitals.
In the Fall of 1986, Walter started coaching Junior Olympic Girls 18U Fastpitch teams. He coached the Sports Plus 18U team with Milton Simmons from 1986 through the summer of 1991 and in 1990, simultaneously coached the Sports Plus Women’s Fastpitch Team, also with Milton Simmons.
In the fall of 1991, he founded the Richmond Diamonds Girls Fastpitch Softball Association. He has been and still is the manager of the Richmond Diamonds 18U Girls Fastpitch Team. Currently the Association has four teams representing 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U age groups.
Walter coached at Mills Godwin High School in Henrico County, VA for 17 years compiling a won-lost record of 305 wins and 62 losses. He retired as the head softball coach from Mills Godwin High School in 2010 and currently is an assistant softball coach at Patrick Henry High School in Hanover County, VA.
Mr. Pettus had the opportunity to coach in one Men’s Fastpitch and one Women’s Fastpitch National Tournaments. In his 26 years of coaching Girls 18U Fastpitch teams, he has coached 17 teams in the Girls 18U national championships, one of which was with Sports Plus and the other 16 as head coach of the Richmond Diamonds. Walter has coached two 18U Girls’ teams in the Hall of Fame Tournament in the Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, OK.
147 of his former Junior Olympic 18U Girls Fastpitch players have received partial or full softball scholarships to Division I, II, or III universities or colleges. 11 of his former 18U Fastpitch players have coached or are currently coaching college or high school softball.
He has had the pleasure, in his 47 years of Fastpitch softball, to have coached some of the current Hall of Fame members and now finds himself coaching against some of them at the travel ball and high school level, and even had some of them umpire some of those games.
Walter is currently coaching two daughters of Hall of Famer, J. W. Mitchell, and his wife, Charlene and hope that he can coach long enough to coach their younger daughter. Last month he coached Erin Acors, the daughter of Stephanie Hobson Acors, who played for him from 1987-1990.