UWG Mourns the Loss of Hall of Fame Baseball Coach John DeVore

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The University of West Georgia mourns the passing of baseball star and legend John DeVore. DeVore, 69, died Saturday, Jan. 12, from complications of a stroke. 

DeVore attended then West Georgia College from 1962 to 1965 where he pitched for the West Georgia Braves.

UWG Mourns the Loss of Hall of Fame Baseball Coach John DeVoreHe was an All-American his junior and senior years of college and later became one of the first athletes inducted into the West Georgia Hall of Fame. After college, DeVore signed with the Mets and played class A-level baseball. He was released because of injury. DeVore continued to make major contributions by giving back to society and helping others.

He taught and coached in DeKalb County for 30 years with an overall record of 377-232. Shamrock High School presented DeVore with a Teacher of the Year award. At his retirement ceremony in 1996, DeKalb County honored DeVore by naming Druid Middle School’s baseball stadium the John DeVore Field. Shamrock High School later named its baseball field after DeVore as well.

DeVore was an instructor at the Georgia Tech Pitcher/Catcher Camp for 20 years. He was known as a “players coach” because of his ability to talk with anyone and assist them in any way possible. While he loved to coach, his top priority was always to help people.

DeVore was laid to rest on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Along with his wife and son, DeVore leaves one granddaughter, Taylor DeVore of Alpharetta, Ga.; and three sisters, Juanita Matthews of Shreveport, La., Ann Austin of Alpharetta, Ga., and Sarah Rucker of Alpharetta, Ga.