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John Mayotte, the manager of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League’s Glens Falls Golden Eagles has been inducted into the Capital District Baseball Hall of Fame. Mayotte was one of 25 men that made up the Hall of Fame Class of 2012. The induction ceremonies were held on Oct. 28 at the Hilton Hotel in Troy, N.Y.
Mayotte was also named the recipient of the 2012 Johnny Podres Lifetime Achievement Award. According to the Hall of Fame web site, the Johnny Podres Award is handed out for an individuals’ contribution to the game of baseball. The recipient could be a player, coach or executive. Mayotte is only the second man to win the Johnny Podres Lifetime Achievement Award from the Capital District Baseball Hall of Fame.
Later this month, Mayotte will join a second Hall of Fame. On Nov. 10, the Glens Falls skipper is set to be inducted into the Glens Falls Area Baseball Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place at the Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls. For more information, click here.
Mayotte recently completed his ninth season with the Glens Falls Golden Eagles. He is the only head coach in the history of the franchise. At the helm of the Golden Eagles, Mayotte has amassed a 241-146 (.623) record to go along with seven winning seasons and seven postseason appearances. The Eagles have produced four 30-win seasons and have finished over .500 six years in a row. Mayotte’s teams have also played for three league championships, most recently in 2012 when Glens Falls advanced to the PGCBL Championship Series against rival Amsterdam. The 2012 Golden Eagles team featured the PGCBL Player of the Year, Ross Kivett (Kansas State). Former Golden Eagle Stefen Romero, who played for Coach Mayotte in 2008, was named the Seattle Mariners Minor League Player of the Year.
Overall, John Mayotte has won over 1300 games as a manager. Prior to joining the Golden Eagles, Mayotte was a highly successful college head coach at Eckerd (Fla.) College and Troy (Ala.) University. Following a brief stint at the University of South Florida as an assistant coach, Mayotte took over at NCAA Division II Eckerd College in 1978. He guided the Tritons to 437 victories over 13 seasons. Eckerd won at least 28 games each season under Coach Mayotte and produced 11 campaigns of 30 victories or more. Mayotte was a two-time Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year (1980, 1981).
The Hudson Falls, N.Y., native took over as the head coach of the Division II Troy State Trojans in 1991. Mayotte coached the Trojans for 12 seasons and oversaw the transition of the program from Division II to Division I. With Mayotte in the dugout, Troy earned 384 victories. The Trojans registered seven seasons with at least 30 victories
Mayotte also spent five seasons in the Cape Cod Baseball League with the highly-regarded Chatham A’s during the 1980s.
Before becoming a collegiate skipper, Mayotte spent nine years as the head varsity baseball coach of the Coxsackie-Athens High School. In his first professional coaching job, Mayotte accumulated a 135-27 (.833) record. Coxsackie-Athens set a Section II record with six straight sectional championships between 1969 and 1974.