During the opening ceremonies for the Wyoming Legion Baseball A State Tournament on Saturday in Powell, longtime Cody Legion baseball coach Bart Grenz received a special honor.
Grenz is being inducted into the Wyoming American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame.
Started in 2017, the Hall of Fame was spearheaded by Jack Simms of Casper and a small group of Wyoming Legion Baseball coaches. The purpose is to recognize exemplary players, coaches and community members who have made an impact in Wyoming Legion baseball and their communities.
“It’s very humbling to be recognized by the state of Wyoming and American Legion baseball,” Grenz said.
Sons Jared and Tyler, who both are part of the Legion program, were happy to share in the moment with him.
“I’ve spent my whole life at the field watching him coach and now it’s nice to have him there to help me on and off the field,” Tyler said. “It’s really cool to see him get this award. He deserves it.”
Grenz has coached in Wyoming for 19 years. He spent the early part of his coaching career in South Dakota and Colorado before coming to Cody in 2002, and has a 675-485 overall record.
During his tenure, his teams have been state championships four times and state-runner-up once. They’ve finished second at regionals four times and won multiple district titles. Grenz also been named Coach of the Year five times and spent several years on state coaching boards.
“I’ve learned a lot working with him,” Cody B head coach Beau White said. “He does a heck of a job with our program.”
Twenty-five of Grenz’s Cody players have gone on to play at the next level, with 50 total in his career in Wyoming and Colorado.
“He has been a great example in our community. Bart just doesn’t coach baseball in the summer but works with kids of all ages throughout the year either at the Cody hitting facility, the field or in the weight room,” Cody Legion Board president Amber Schroeder wrote in the nomination letter. “To say that our community in Cody is lucky to have such a coach is an understatement. We are incredibly fortunate to have such an individual to put in the amount of time into Cody’s baseball program, all for the good of the kids and want to further their baseball career.”