COLUMBUS, Ohio — Here is a story of the local boy doing well.
Steve Little, a former student-athlete in both Meigs and Gallia counties, was recently selected as a Class of 2012 Hall of Fame inductee by the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association.
Little grew up playing sports in the Pomeroy and Middleport youth systems before participating in multiple varsity sports while attending Eastern High School. Little later moved and eventually graduated from North Gallia High School in 1979 before lettering four times in baseball at the University of Rio Grande.
Little — who graduated from URG in 1984 — served as head baseball coach at Jackson High School for 13 seasons (1989-2001), amassing an overall record of 191-99. Little’s teams won two SEOAL championships and eight sectional titles during that tenure. Little was named southeast district coach of the year five times and also coached five teams ranked in the top-10 by the Coaches’ Association.
In 2001, Little was selected by USA Baseball to be a trials coach for USA Youth National Team in Houston, Texas. The USA Team went on to win the gold medal in the Pan Am games in Vericruz, Mexico.
In 2002, Little returned to USA Baseball as site manager for the National Youth Team in Jupiter, Florida. Also in 2002, Little began his first season as head baseball coach at Olentangy High School, where he has led the Braves to three Ohio Capital Conference league championships, two district crowns, five district finals, one regional championship, and one state runner-up in 2006.
The 2006 team finished with a 30-3 record overall, setting a school record for the wins in a season while finishing ranked No. 1 in the state. After the season, he was named League, District, State and the National Federation of Athletic Association’s National Coach of the Year and once again was selected to coach in the Mizuno All-Ohio Series.
Also in 2006, Little returned to team Ohio as Head Coach of the Jr. team and participated in the Lone Star Classic in San Antonio, Texas.
While at Olentangy, his teams are 173-95, overall. He has been named OCC Coach of the Year three times, District Coach of the Year three times and Division I State Coach of the Year. In twenty-one seasons as a high school Head Coach, he has compiled a 364-194 record overall.
In June of this year, Coach Little was inducted into the Southeast District Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame.
Little holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Masters Degree in Sports Administration from the United States Sports Academy in Alabama. Little presently teaches Health and Physical Education at Olentangy High School in Columbus, Ohio. He has one daughter, Kelli Little-Claytor.