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John Daurity is the third member of the baseball program to be inducted into the USC Upstate Athletics Hall of Fame. His induction is as much for setting a standard in building a program as it is for the on-field accomplishments of his teams.
Though baseball existed at the University in the early 1970's as a club sport, Daurity assumed the head coaching position of the first varsity baseball program at the school in 1986. He remained the head coach until his departure after the 1991 season. In his six years at the helm of the program, he tallied a 181-89-1 (.669) record. He coached the other two members of the Hall of Fame from the baseball program - Chris Hawkins and Doug Keelan. He is the winningest coach in the history of the program, both in wins and winning percentage.
Daurity coached the team to four 30-win seasons in his six years with the program and coached eight players who went on to sign professional contracts. Despite losing All-American catcher Keelan, pitcher Hawkins, and starting third baseman Chris Sturgill from the 1987 squad, Daurity turned in what is arguably his best coaching year in 1988 when the team started the season with a school record 18 wins and finished with a 35-10 record.
Daurity played baseball at Appalachian State, then a member of the NAIA. He was the Team Captain of the 1969 squad that advanced to the NAIA World Series and finished eighth nationally. Previously, he was a member of the American Legion Post 9 squad that won the 1965 Legion World Series. Daurity began his coaching career at Union High School and led the squad to the 1970 3A State Championship. He moved to Northwestern High School a year later to start the baseball program there and then moved to Lancaster High School in 1975 where he was the head coach. He was named the school's Educator of the Year in 1979.
Daurity moved to the college ranks as a head coach at Wofford College and coached at the Spartanburg school from 1981-85 before leaving to start the varsity program at then-USC Spartanburg. Between his days at the two colleges in Spartanburg, Daurity won three NAIA District Six Coach of the Year Awards, two at USCS and one at Wofford.
After leaving the Spartanburg campus, Daurity served as head coach at Campell University from 1992-95 before returning to the high school level as a teacher at Harnett Central High School in Angier, NC. Currently, he is a teacher and head baseball coach at Socastee High School in Myrtle Beach, SC, a position he has held since 1997.
Daurity was inducted as a charter member of the Charlotte, NC, Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. He and his wife, Janet, have three sons; Ty, Joel, and Paul.