GREENSBORO, N.C. – The American Baseball Coaches Association announced its newest Hall of Fame members, with former Ohio Dominican head coach Paul Page joining six other individuals in the Class of 2022.
Page, along with the other 2022 class inductees will be honored at the ABCA Hall of Fame ceremony during the ABCA Convention in Chicago, Ill., Friday, Jan. 7. The ABCA, founded in 1945, touts its Hall of Fame as the highest honor bestowed by the organization. The ABCA Hall of Fame began in 1966.
Page served 29 seasons as the head coach for Ohio Dominican baseball before retiring at the conclusion of the 2016 season. The winningest coach in school history, Page compiled a coaching record of 1,007-552-7, a .643 win percentage.
The longtime skipper and 2017 ODU Athletic Department Hall of Fame inductee ranked among the top 14 in career wins in the NAIA, 864, and fifth in win percentage, .683, prior to the Panthers' transition to NCAA status. His ODU teams earned six NAIA World Series appearances and won 11 regular season and nine postseason conference tournament championships.
A five-time conference Coach of the Year and two-time district Coach of the Year, Page produced 39 all-Americans and 20 academic all-Americans during his time at ODU. The Panthers won 30 games in a season a remarkable 22 times under Page's tutelage, including 10 campaigns of at least 40 wins. In 2005, ODU won a school-record 47 games.
Page came to Ohio Dominican University in 1988, when he was selected as the institution's third athletic director, along with being the Panthers' head baseball coach. As athletic director, Page helped build the ODU athletic department into a conference and national powerhouse until 2004, when he decided to focus strictly on the baseball program.
He is credited as a key initiator of many ODU athletic department fundraisers and the improvement and expansion of athletic facilities on campus. Page played an important role in the planning and development of Alumni Hall, which opened in 1989, and most recently has been the host venue of the 2017 and 2019 NCAA Division II Elite Eight championships.
Tickets for the 2022 ABCA Hall of Fame ceremony will be available for purchase online. ABCA members will have the ability to purchase tickets through their convention registration, while those wishing to attend only the Hall of Fame banquet will be able to purchase tickets beginning September 1.