Hall of Fame Inductee - Mike Hellenthal

Quincy Senior High has been blessed with many outstanding coaches in the school's history, but few as good as Mike Hellenthal. While many may remember Hellenthal as Jerry Leggett's assistant coach and right hand man during the glory years of the late 70's and 80's, it's baseball where he excelled the most. Hellenthal's nineteen years in the Quincy school system are a collection of success stories. He was the sophomore baseball coach for six years before earning the varsity job where he enjoyed nine seasons as head coach. Hellenthal's 1986 crew captured the regional title---the first since 1971. The following year the Blue Devils won the Western Big Six title. Twice named as the Quincy Herald Whig Baseball Coach of the Year, Hellenthal's love for the game extended further than the high school level. Hellenthal was the Coach of the Quincy American Legion program for seven years during the 70's before the program was dropped. After it was revived in 1981, Hellenthal again assumed the reigns, and posted a record of 300-83 over a seven-year span. His last team went 61-18 and advanced to the 1987 American Legion World Series. Mike Hellenthal's legacy includes many things: 15 years as Blue Devil Basketball Assistant Coach, trophies for second in 1979, third in 1982, fourth in 1897 and a State and National Title in 1981. He spent hours with Quincy's young people on the baseball diamond and saw a number of those he coached advance to solid careers at the college and professional level. A Coach to many, a friend to even more---that's how many Quincians will remember Mike Hellenthal.

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