Legendary Coach Linwood Hedgepeth’s 439-217 career high school record was built as Head Coach Massey Hill High School 1967-1968 (28-12), Head Coach Hallsboro High School 1969-1979 (185-51), Head Coach Whiteville High School 1980-1989 (226-64). He also was the Head Coach Whiteville American Legion Post 137 from 1972 to 1990.
Coach Hedgepeth holds 5 NCHSAA 2A State Championships…Hallsboro HS in 1975 and 1978 and Whiteville HS in 1983, 1985 and 1989.
He was 2A State Runner Up in 1973 at Hallsboro High School and won seven Conference Championships at Hallsboro High School and nine Conference Championships at Whiteville High School.
Coach Hedgepeth won State Legion Championships in 1985 and 1989 and finished State Legion Runners Up in 1977 and 1986.
During 24 years as a prep head coach, he was reputed to have produced 30 to 40 college players…the most of any coach in the nation. Hedgepeth coached back to back First Round Draft picks, Tommy Greene in 1985 and Patrick Lennon in 1986. Other notable players that were coached by Hedgepeth are George Threadgill, Chris Threadgill, Greg Norris, Chuck Baldwin, Robbie Allen, Henry Threadgill, Otis Nixon, Donell Nixon, Ronnie Williamson and LeGrande Russell.
Hedgepeth’s personal playing experience was at Evergreen High School and Pembroke State where he earned NAIA All-Region Honors.
SPORT Magazine and ABC Sports deemed Whiteville as Baseball Town USA and Coach Hedgepeth was the main feature in 1986.