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2007 Inductees

Robert “Bob” Gutknecht

Multi Sports

Gutknecht won 7 league titles as Little League Coach. He founded and organized the “Stars of Tomorrow” Baseball Tourney. He won district titles in JV football and basketball and girls varsity softball while coach at Lancaster High School, was named Defensive Player of the Year 1970 with the Fast Pitch Texacos Softball Team and was MVP  seven times with Slow-Pitch teams that he coached to over 600 wins with better than an 80 percent winning record. During that time he won over 45 tournament victories, 8 league titles and took the Navigators to USSSA World Tourney.



Ford Daniel “Danny” Haynie

Softball/Sports Organizer

Haynie won over 300 games as a modified pitcher for Reedville Softball teams. He was responsible for the organization of many different softball/baseball teams. In 1976 he made the Guinness Book of World Records by presenting 112 trophies to coaches, managers and players of Reedville teams. It was the most ever awarded at one time. He is a charter member of Northumberland Little League and Umpire-in-Chief, and is also responsible for organizing many civic events in the Reedville area.



Chris Valdrighi


Former Lancaster High School varsity soccer coach, Valdrighi won four Region A championships, including three consecutive in 1990, 1991 and 1992, for a school record in any sport.

Valdrighi coached soccer at LHS from 1989 to 1999. During that time he not only set a record for regional titles, but his teams also won seven Northern Neck District championships and were the regional runners-up four times. Under his leadership, the Devils advanced to three Group A tournaments. Valdrighi, Northumberland High School coach Rick Devivi, and Chip Rohr of Brentsville High School spearheaded efforts to have a Virginia High School League-sanctioned state tournament for Group A soccer teams.

After leaving Lancaster, Valdrighi coached for one season at Essex High School, leading the Trojans to a 10-4 record for the best in school history at that time since 1986.

With an overall coaching record of 148-44-4, Valdrighi leads the Northern Neck District in career soccer wins and is listed ninth among the top ten soccer coaches in career wins in the Virginia High School Coaches Association.