Larry Wheeler

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Larry Wheeler became the all-time winningest high school baseball coach in the history of the state of Delaware in 2010, surpassing the record of Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame inductee The Rev. Robert Kenny from Salesianum. In Wheeler’s first 31 years as head baseball coach his teams amassed a record of 419-169 at Claymont, Brandywine and Delaware Military Academy. Claymont and Brandywine had the smallest enrollments in their conference, however, his teams always played at a high level.

Wheeler’s teams were known for being prepared and playing hard. At Claymont, Wheeler’s teams won nine Flight B Championships, qualified for the state tournament 10 times, appeared in four semi-finals, three championship games and won the state championship in 1973. At Brandywine, Wheeler’s teams won four Flight A Championships, qualified for the state tournament 10 times, appeared in four semi-finals, three championship games and won the 2002 state championship. At Delaware Military Academy his teams have an overall record of 53-45. Wheeler’s first team All-State players include: Tony Coppol, Carmen Coppol, Walter Coppol, Mike Dougherty, Tom Marcin, Mark Santiobianco, Mike Pabst, Tony Cella, Ralph Cella, Frank Fortuna, Greg Marcin and Andy Fox (1998 Player of the year).

Additionally, Wheeler coached football at Claymont and Brandywine. His teams amassed a record of 127-80-1. Larry is the only coach to lead Claymont and Brandywine to the high school football championship game. Wheeler continues to coach baseball at Delaware Military where he instills a competitive spirit and winning attitude in his players.

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