Rockville Honors Longtime Coach Wheelock

ROCKVILLE- The Rockville High Rams honored retiring baseball coach Art Wheelock in a surprise ceremony at halftime of the Rams’ 40-7 loss to Plainville.

“This is overwhelming.  I got to live a dream,”  Wheelock said of the ceremony and his career. “It was fun and I enjoyed it.  I didn’t do it for this, but it’s nice to know people care.”

Wheelock, who started his coaching career as an assistant at Rockville in 1973, was presented with his framed #40 jersey in front of his family and former players.

“I want to do for these kids what [Coach Wheelock] did for them,”  Rockville assistant baseball coach Greg Caron said of his former coach.  “He brings a different attitude and passion to the game.”

In 36 years as the Rams’ head baseball coach, Wheelock had an impressive 433-325 record, including 11 conference championships and 3 state championship finals appearances, winning it all 2000.  In addition to stellar team success, Coach Wheelock had previously been named state coach of the year and was a finalist for national coach of the year, though he credits all his success and the program’s success to all the players he has had.

Wheelock also coached football at Rockville for 32 years and girls basketball for a decade-and-a-half.

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