Dave Hollins 2016


Orchard Park High School


Dave Hollins was a two sport athlete at Orchard Park High School, starring in football and baseball.    Hollins

In football, he was a two-time Division All Star.  In his junior year, he earned honorable mention All-WNY.  As a senior, Dave led the Quakers to a divisional championship and was named First Team All-WNY Quarterback.  That same year,  he passed for 1109 yards despite playing three games with a fractured finger on his throwing hand.  In two seasons as a starter, he led Orchard Park to a 13-3 record, throwing 31 touchdown passes with at least one in   every game. 

Baseball, however, was arguably his best sport.  He helped lead Orchard Park to a divisional championship both as a junior and senior.  He was named a First Team Divisional All-Star both years.  Even more impressive was the fact that he was named First Team All-WNY both years.  As a junior,  he hit .449, leading his team in hits, triples, and runs scored.  Legendary Coach Bob Barrows called him the best player in WNY that year, to which, many rivals agreed.  In his senior season,  he led the Quakers to not only a divisional championship, but to the overall Section VI Championship, a berth in the State playoffs, and an overall record of 23-2.  His high school baseball career concluded with him being named First Team All-WNY for a second straight season after hitting .421 with eight home runs.  This time, Coach Barrows statement came true.  Dave was named WNY Player of the Year.

After graduating from Orchard Park High School in 1984, he attended the University of South Carolina and played college baseball for them for three seasons.

Dave was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 6th round of the 1987 amateur draft.  After spending three seasons in the Padres' minor league system, he was picked up by the Philadelphia Phillies in the rule 5 draft after the 1989 season.  He spent six seasons with the Phillies, and was a member of their National League pennant winning team in 1993.  During that same year, he was also a member of the National League All-Star team.  In 1996, Dave was traded from the Minnesota Twins to the Mariners for a player-to-be-named-later.  That player turned out to be David Ortiz. He returned briefly to the Phillies in 2002, making their 25-man roster.  However, he only had 17 at bats for the team and two hits before he was placed on the disabled list due to harmful spider bites that aggravated his diabetes.  On May 21, 2003, he announced his retirement.

Dave spent the 2005 season as the hitting coach for the Binghamton Mets, a minor league affiliate of the New York Mets in the Class AA Eastern League, and is now a scout for the Philadelphia Phillies.  He is a member of the       Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame.

Dave resides in Orchard Park, NY with his wife Kerri.  They have 5 children.