How two Legends, Created a Legacy...
Virginia Legacy Elite Co-Founders Coach Jeff Standish brought Coach John Schropp into the travel ball world to help him coach the 16u Orion Hunter team! Coach Schropp and Coach Standish worked together to save the Organization from folding when they fell onto hard times. Under their leadership, Orion Hunter was able to turn a corner and become a more established organization. In 2006, after several successful seasons coaching the Orion Hunter 18u team Coach Standish and Coach Schropp decided it was time to hang up the whistles and retire from coaching.
Their softball retirement was short lived and after only 6 months they began the Galaxy of Stars Organization. Coach Standish and Coach Schropp took a group of rough 10 and 14 year old girls and transformed them into ball players and every one of the seniors from that team went to college on a softball scholarship!! Shortly thereafter, the Galaxy of Stars joined forces with the Virginia Legends Fastpitch team. This was a successful union for a while, but eventually Coach Standish and Coach Schropp felt it was time for a change. Little did they know that change would be a Legacy and Virginia Legacy Elite was born!
Through the years that Coach Standish and Coach Schropp coached together they have maintained an impressive 75% winning record! Their teams have qualified and played in several National Championships, including ASA/USA “A” and ASA Gold tournaments. Every girl that played on one of Coach Standish and Coach Schropp’s teams and wanted to continue playing softball at the college level has received the opportunity to do so. These men dedicated their lives to the betterment of their communities and Legacy will continue on for generations. Once a Legend, Now creating a Legacy!
Meet Coach Jeff Standish
It is so hard to put into words how much Coach Standish is loved and missed by his family, friends, softball players present and past, his business and many others. The dedication that Jeff showed to his "girls" and their families is hard to find; he wanted every player to improve, learn and succeed in both their softball career and in life. Coach Jeff Standish coached travel softball for over 20 years with over 1700 games coach while holding an impressive 70% winning percentage. In addition to his travel ball accomplishments, Coach Standish was also the Assistant Varsity Softball Coach at Salem High school, where he led them to four year undefeated regular seasons and two back-to-back appearances in the Virginia State Quarter Finals.
Though all of Coach Standish's accomplishments are exceptionally impressive, the accomplishment that meant the most to Coach Standish was helping over 100 girls reach their dream of playing softball at the college level.
Coach Jeff Standish is a Legend and the dedication and hard work created OUR Legacy! His memory will live on forever!