CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. — The Chapmanville Athletic Hall of Fame will grow by four this week with the induction of Larry “Daffer” Coffindaffer II, Mike Baisden and Steven Disco and Ralph May Community Service Award recipient Derek Dalton.
The four will be recognized on Thursday at the Logan Country Club with a Hall of Fame golf outing and dinner. They will also be honored on Friday night before the Chapmanville Regional vs. Poca Hall of Fame Game at Tiger Stadium.
Kickoff for the football game is 7:30 p.m. The inductees will be recognized around 7 p.m. before the game.
Here’s some biographical sketches of the inductees as provided by Chapmanville Regional High School:
Larry “Daffer” Coffindaffer II
Larry Coffindaffer II, the son of Linda and Larry Coffindaffer, was known throughout his Chapmanville High School athletics career as “Daffer.”
He was an Honor Student and Class Officer in the Chapmanville High School Class of 1998.
Daffer was a football and baseball player for the Tigers, beginning in the youth leagues in T-Ball and Midget Football.
In Little League, he was an all-star as a 9 and 10 year old, playing in the first Little League State tournament for the Chapmanville 9-10 team.
Moving on to the 11-12-year-old Little League level he was a member of the 1992 West Virginia Little League State Runner-up Team.
In 1993, he was on the Tigers’ State Runner-up Junior League Team as well as the 1994 Senior League Team.
Moving on to Junior High School, Daffer was an All-County Recipient in football his eighth and ninth grade years as a center and linebacker for the Tigers.
Entering high school in 1995, Daffer was a part of what many say is one of the most storied eras in Chapmanville High School athletic history for all sports.
In his sophomore year in football he was the starting center for the Tigers.
His junior year he was the starting center and linebacker, being named West Virginia Defensive Player of the Week on one occasion and receiving Special Honorable Mention All-State honors.
He was listed by National College Recruiting Notebook as one of the top 100 football recruits for the Mid-Atlantic Region entering his senior year.
However, during a preseason scrimmage he injured his knee requiring surgery. He missed his entire senior season of football. Still he was named Honorable Mention All-State that year.
In his baseball as a sophomore in 1996, Daffer was the starting first baseman for the Tigers, the year the Tigers were Regional runner-up.
In 1997, his junior year, he was again the Tigers’ first baseman, playing 33 consecutive errorless games as the Tigers won the AA Championship. He was selected to the Coach’s All-Tournament Team and the All-State Team.
He was the starting first baseman in the West Virginia High School All-Star game and was selected as one of five USA Today, West Virginia High School Baseball All-Americans.
Daffer would receive and accept a baseball scholarship to Marshall University. Upon his college graduation Daffer had aspired to be either a Navy Seal or Army Ranger.
However, in his junior year at Marshall, on October 19, 2000, Daffer was killed in a single-vehicle truck accident on a deer hunting trip to the family farm at Alum Creek.
Mike Baisden is 1994 graduate of Chapmanville High School. Mike was a standout two-port athlete and a three-year starter in both football and baseball.
As a senior football player, Baisden was a team captain and rushed for over 900 yards and 10 touchdowns. He was selected for the All-Area First Team as a middle linebacker.
On the baseball diamond, Mike was a three-year starter at multiple positions. He led the state in home runs his junior and senior seasons and also holds the school single season home run record with 13 his senior season.
As a sophomore, Baisden was 6-3 as a pitcher and batted .340 with four home runs. As a junior, he was 6-2 on the mound and at the plate hit .410 with 11 home runs and 56 RBI and was named Special Honorable Mention All-State as a left fielder.
He was also selected for the All-Area team.
As a senior, Baisden was a team captain for the Tigers. On the mound he was 5-2. At the plate his senior season, Baisden batted .489 with 13 home runs and 58 RBI. He was selected to the All-State team as a catcher, was selected to the All-Area team, and was chosen to play in the North/South allstar game.
After High School, Mike played baseball at Garrett College. Sadly a shoulder injury ended his career.
Mike has been involved in youth sports in Chapmanville for many years. He has been a USSSA girls’ softball coach, a Chapmanville all-girls league basketball coach, a buddy-league basketball coach, a T-Ball, Coach-pitch, and Little League baseball coach as well.
Mike is a member of the Chapmanville Little League Board of Directors where he serves as the leagues Umpire in Chief. He is also a member of the West Virginia District 2 Little League Board of Directors where he serves as the umpire consultant.
Mike is a volunteer Little League District 2 umpire and a West Virginia Little League State tournament umpire.
In 2014, he was given the assignment as home plate umpire in the 11-12 year old state championship game and again in 2015 was assigned the plate for the 9-10 year old state championship game.
In 2015, Mike was honored to be selected to umpire in the Little League World Series/Southeastern Regional tournament in Warner Robins Georgia.
During that tournament, Mike was selected to the semi-final game and also the Southeast Regional championship game. T
he winner of this game advanced to the Little League World Series. These games were nationally televised on ESPN. Mike is also a WVSSAC High School baseball umpire and is a member of the Tug Valley Board of Umpires.
Mike is employed by CSX Transportation where he is a locomotive engineer.
Mike has two children — Taylor Baisden, age 15 and Dalton Baisden, age 10. He also has two step-daughters — Alyx Bush, age 17 and Emma Bush, age 13.
Mike is married to Beth McVey-Baisden and still resides in Chapmanville.
Stephen Disco is a 1967 graduate of Chapmanville High School where he participated in basketball and baseball.
He was an all-state baseball selection when all classes were combined. He is described by his Coach Ted Ellis as a great defensive shortstop, a great contact hitter and had great knowledge of the game of baseball.
Disco added the Marshall University branch at Logan for on year and later attended Marshall University in Huntington.
Steve is the owner/operator of S.J Construction inc. specializing in demolition and excavation. He has build the horse stables, the putt putt golf course and rest rooms at Chief Logan State Park. He has also completed projects at Laurel Lake.
Ralph May Community Service Award
Derek Dalton is a 2000 Valedictorian graduate of Chapmanville High School.
He was a member of both the basketball and baseball programs including the 1997 State Champion and 1998 State runner-up baseball teams.
Derek attended West Virginia University from 2000-08 where he earned a bachelor’s in Exercise Physiology and his doctorate in Physical Therapy, both with honors.
In 2008, Derek and his family returned to his hometown. Since that time, Derek has held numerous positions of service to both his alma mater and the community. He is a volunteer assistant football coach at CRHS, little league coach and Board of the Directors member and President of the Chapmanville Tiger Touchdown Club.
Derek is the owner of Rebounded Physical Therapy in Chapmanville where and he and his staff continue to provide volunteer medical services to all local youth athletes. Derek and his wife Angel reside at Striker with their two tigers, Olivia and Brody.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).