Frank Carbone, John View, Ben Jones, and Chris Banks Inducted into USCAA Hall of Fame
2018 Hall of Fame Class to Be Recognized at USCAA Convention
Norfolk, VA – The USCAA Hall of Fame, in its second year of existence, will add four individuals to its ranks, two former coaches and two student-athletes. USCAA Executive Director Matt Simms announced Wednesday that Frank Carbone of St. Joseph's College Brooklyn, John View of SUNY ESF, Chris Banks of Southern Maine CC, and Ben Jones of The Apprentice School have been awarded the association's highest honor. They will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday, June 3rd at the Annual Hall of Fame Gala and Welcome Social of the 2018 National Convention in Richmond, Virginia.
Ben Jones a native of Lake Gaston, Virginia, graduated as an outside machinist apprentice and played baseball for The Apprentice School from 2003 to 2006. During Jones' career, he was named a three-time USCAA All-American. He is the winningest pitcher in the modern era of Apprentice School baseball with 39 wins and Virginia College Division record of 501 strikeouts. Jones was selected to the 2006 USCAA National All-Academic Team and was also selected CoSIDA Academic All-District. He was selected VaSID All-State Division II-III in 2004 and 2006 and was honored as Apprentice School Athlete of the Year in 2006.
After his career at The Apprentice School, Jones joined The Apprentice School staff as an assistant coach/pitching coach in 2007 and continues to bring his knowledge of the game to current apprentice athletes. Jones was a part of the Builder baseball team that won the USCAA Small College World Series in 2007 and 2015. Ben currently resides in Williamsburg, Virginia and works in advanced planning at Huntington Ingalls Industries.
"I am truly honored to have been selected to the USCAA's Hall of Fame," states Jones. "The phone call brought an instant smile and a few tears as soon I heard Matt's voice. It's been a humbling experience so far in just preparing for the event; it's a little overwhelming and a very exciting at the same time. When I started looking back at my stats, it was an eye opener for me personally. It brought back a bunch of great memories of coaches, teammates, fans, close games and tricky situations to try and get out of. It's simply an awesome feeling to be honored for my years of commitment, dedication and hard work on and off the baseball field."