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Panthers' Buchanan named to hall of fame

Hugh Buchanan 

Hugh Buchanan 

Ask around Parkview, where his name adorns the baseball field, and plenty of people can tell you about Hugh Buchanan’s impact on high school baseball.

The longtime coach was rewarded for his years of service this past weekend with an induction into the exclusive National High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He is just the second Georgian voted into the group, joining David McDonald of Wheeler.

Buchanan already has been inducted into the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association, the Georgia Dugout Club and the Gwinnett Dugout Club halls of fame in the past.

Now a professional scout, Buchanan was Parkview’s first head baseball coach and held that position from 1976 until his retirement in 2004. He had a 546-245 record with three state titles (1996, 2001, 2002) and 12 region championships. His Parkview No. 20 jersey also is retired.

Buchanan also was an assistant football coach on the Panthers’ first staff, and was Parkview’s head football coach from 1983-85. He also was head softball coach from 1987-94. He is well known in baseball circles after serving as Team Georgia director for 12 years. He also coached with USA Baseball for the Pan-American Games and the Youth World Championships.