Stokes, a 1983 Greensburg Central Catholic High School graduate, has been active
coaching in the Greensburg area since 1995. Coach Stokes has a career
record of 130-119 at West Hempfield in 11 seasons. Coach Stokes
coached the team to a District 31 Championship in 2005 and runner-up in 2006. The District
Championship in 2005 was the first team to advance to the Region 7 Tournament
from Hempfield Township.
Under his tenure the West Hempfield Legion Baseball Team has won 3
Division Championship in 2000, 2001, & 2005 and won the South/East
Division Championship in 2006. The team has qualified for the
playoffs 8 out of the 11 seasons that he has coached. Coach Stokes also spent five seasons as an
assistant coach at Westmoreland County Community College from 1998 to
2002, which included a 2001 WPCC State Championship. Coach Stokes has been
assistant coach at Seton Hill University for the past 6 years where he is
the catching coach and also helps with the pitching staff and defense. Coach Stokes also coached the Defense at Hempfield
Area High School in 2006 where the team achieved a 12-7 record. Bob is a
Careeer Service Professional for American
General Life & Accident Insurance Company, he is single and resides in
will coach his 2nd season on the West Hempfield Coaching Staff and will
handle the pitching staff. Steve played for West Hempfield
from 2003-2006 and was a member of the 2005 District 31
Championship Team and the 2006 South/East Division Championship Team.
Steve had a career batting average of .339 a had 6 mound victory's in his
career for West Hempfield. He has the 3rd best ERA (3.09) in West
history. During his high school career, Steve was an All-Section
player in 2005. Steve is currently a sophomore at Slippery Rock
University majoring in Physical Education. He is single and resides in Claridge.
Matt Roach will be starting his
3rd Season on the West Hempfield Coaching Staff.
Matt played for West Hempfield from 2002-2005 and was a member of the 2005 District 31 Championship Team. He was the winning
pitcher in the deciding game against Arnold, pitching 9 full innings
and throwing 151 pitches. Matt batted an amazing .711 in the 2005
playoffs. He had 6 victories on the mound with a 3.18 ERA in his
career at West Hempfield. Matt also played at Hempfield Area High School and Westmoreland County Community College.
Matt works for comcast, he is single and resides in Youngwood.
Mike Harvat is a new addition to 2007 West
Hempfield Legion Coaching Staff. Mike played for West Hempfield from
2003-2006. He was a member of the 2005 District 31 Championship Team
and the 2006 South/East Division Championship Team. Mike had a career
batting average of .364 striking out only 25 times in 253 At-Bats. In
2006, Mike batted .643 with runners in scoring position. As Catcher for
the team he threw out 20 out of 43 potential bases stealers over 3 seasons. Mike's
high school career placed him as a three-time letterman. In 2005, he was
recognized by both the Post-Gazette and the US Marine Corp as a
scholar-athlete. Mike also received his Legion team's MVP Award in 2006.
Mike's only career home run came in his final at-bat as a Legion player. Mike is
junior at Penn State University majoring in Economics. He is single and resides in Irwin.
Junior Legion Coaching staff will be led in 2008 by Gary Harvat. Coach
Harvat has been a baseball figure in Hempfield for years and
brings a unique perspective with him as part of his coaching
package. Having been a recreation, USSSA, and PIAA high school baseball official
for a collective 35 years, he understands all facets of the game from both
sides of the of the lines. In
addition, he has coached and organized tournament teams that have competed
in, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, Ohio, West Virginia and Florida. Locally,
Coach Harvat has been the field leader of Hempfield's Purple Ladies Baseball
Team during the Fall season for the past 8 years.
Coach Harvat has an honest and straight-forward approach to coaching and
welcomes the opportunity to grow the Legion program in West Hempfield.
Gary is married and resides in West Hempfield with his wife Terri and 3
children Mike (at Penn State), Christina (at Penn State-Altoona) and Alec.
Mike Ferrara brings a winning
attitude to the Junior Legion Program. Mike played for West Hempfield
Legion Baseball Team from 2002-2005. He was a member of the 2005
Southeast Division Championship Team and the 2005 District 31 Championship Team.
Mike has a career batting average of .358 and drove in the winning run in
the District 31 Championship Game against Arnold. Mike is a 2004
graduate of Hempfield Area High School where he was a 4-year member of the
basketball team and played baseball as a freshmen. After graduating in
May of 2008 from Duquesne University where Mike triple majored in Supply
Chain Management, Sports marketing, & Marketing, obtaining a 3.9 GPA, Mike
accepted an supply chain/operations management position with Black and
Decker based out of Towson, MD. Black and Decker offers Mike an
opportunity to experience many aspects of the business spectrum along with
the option of national and global travels. Mike begins his career with
Black and Decker in July of 2008. Currently Mike is single and resides