Westminster Christian Academy baseball coach Rich Van Gilst will be inducted into the Missouri Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame on Saturday (Jan. 19).
He will be honored during the induction ceremony at noon in at the Capital Plaza hotel in Jefferson City. The other twoinductees are Jeff Diekmann, of Lee’s Summit North; and Howard Quigley, of Republic.
In 1984, Van Gilst moved to St. Louis to teach math at Westminster Christian Academy. At the time, Westminster was a new Class 1 school and needed a baseball coach, so he took the job. In 28 seasons at Westminster, his teams have compiled a record of 392–257 with five conference championships, seven district titles, six quarter final appearances, four final four appearances and two Class 3 State Championships (2011 and 2012).