Mahoney to be inducted into Potomac State Athletic Hall of Fame
Jerry Mahoney began making baseball history at the young age of 15 while attending Shepherdstown High School (now Jefferson High School) in Shenandoah Junction, W.Va. He was the first freshman in West Virginia history to be named to the 1st Team All-State after leading his school to a state championship title in 1970.
Mahoney attended Potomac State (PSC) after graduating from high school and played under Hall of Fame Coach Jack Reynolds during the Catamounts 1974 and 1975 seasons. “Coach Reynolds was influential not only in helping me but in moving Potomac State baseball forward and to this day remains one of the special people in my life,” said Mahoney. While at PSC, Mahoney was named a Junior All-American in 1975, was named to the Region XX All-Region team for both years, had a .398 batting average, and pitching record of 5 wins – 1 loss. He was also named to the AACBC All-American Team, now known as the American Baseball Coaches Association
Mahoney then transferred to West Virginia University (WVU) in Morgantown, W.Va., where we played infield for legendary Coach Dale Ramsburg. As a tribute to Mahoney, and because of his work ethic, leadership style and playing ability, he is the last player to be named as a team captain of the Mountaineers baseball team. An injury during his senior year ended his dreams of playing professionally; however, his passion for baseball has never wavered, which is evidenced with the influence he’s had on up and coming players.
Mahoney has spent the past 30 years developing players and serving as the associate head coach of the Morgantown Post 2 American Legion baseball program for eight years. His Post 2 teams have won three state titles and advanced to four Mid-Atlantic Regionals during that time. Mahoney also serves as a lead instructor at Pro Performance in Morgantown for group workouts, clinics and camps. Around Morgantown, he is known as the ‘go to’ guy if you want to improve your game.
Mahoney has served with the WVU Athletic Department in operations and facilities since 1978. He and his wife, Chris, who was also a student at Potomac State, are the parents of two adult children, a daughter, Ashley and a son, Graham. However, the shining star in his life these days is his granddaughter, Kira, a freshman at Morgantown High School.