Bill Percy
Bill Percy
Organization: St. Mary's High School (CO)
Year: 2017 Inductee

Bill Percy's influence in the game of baseball has spanned the globe. In the states, Percy is active in his home state of Colorado as the head baseball coach at St. Mary's High School in Colorado Springs, where he has served since 2007. Percy, who has over 38 years of coaching experience, is also the Director of Clinics for the Colorado High School Baseball Coaches Association and has served that post since 1996. He is a past president of that association and in 2010 was inducted into the Colorado Dugout Club's inaugural Hall of Fame class.

Percy's coaching career began in 1974 as an assistant at Florida Southern College under ABCA Hall of Fame coach Hal Smeltzly after a playing career that saw him win an NCAA Div. II National Championship in 1972. After receiving his bachelor's degree from Florida Southern, Percy went on to earn his master's degree in education from Central Missouri State University in 1975 while serving as a graduate assistant baseball coach.

He began his high school teaching and coaching career in 1978 as head coach at Palmer High School, before taking over at Mitchell High School, both of which are in Colorado Springs, in 1990. There, his 1992 and 1993 teams competed in the state championship game, finishing runner-up both years. In 1999, Percy was named an ABCA/Diamond Regional High School Coach of the Year.

Percy has traveled to four continents coaching and teaching the game of baseball to players and coaches worldwide. Since 1997 he has been a Major League Baseball Envoy coach with assignments in Croatia, Serbia, Austria and Hungary. From 1998-2005 he served as head coach of the Croatian Senior National Team. In 2002, he was awarded the Julio Puente Envoy Award by Major League Baseball for exceptional dedication to development of baseball overseas.

Percy became involved with USA Baseball in 1990, where he coached the Junior National Team to a silver medal in the Pan American Games in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Just three years later, Percy's Junior National Team brought home a gold medal in Chicago. In 1996, Percy served as head coach of the USA Youth 15U team that competed in the IBAF World Championships in Chiba, Japan. Percy was also an assistant coach with the USA Olympic Sports Festival East Team in 1995 that competed in Colorado Springs.

In his many coaching positions, Percy has had the opportunity to coach a number of players who went on to illustrious careers in Major League Baseball.

Along with coaching and his MLB Envoy work, Percy is active as a clinician, author and organizer of baseball coaching seminars throughout Colorado, the United States and Europe. The 36-year ABCA Lifetime member served on the ABCA High School All-American and Coach of the Year Committee from 1998-2005 and has been in his current role as the District 7 Chair of the ABCA High School Baseball Committee since 1998. Percy was also a speaker at the 2004 ABCA Convention in San Antonio, Texas.