The Willard Baseball Legends Club began in the Spring of 2019 as a way to honor the all-time greats of Willard Tiger Baseball. These honorees have each had a great impact upon the program and its continued success. Each spring following a varsity home contest, a new Legend is added to the club. The following biographies highlight the current members and the impact that they have had upon the program.
John Hartley (2019)
One of the all-time winningest coaches in the history of the Ozarks, longtime Willard Head Coach John Harley became the first member of the Willard Legends Club when he was inducted following the Tigers home victory over Waynesville on April 12, 2019. Hartley served as the Tigers head coach for many years until his retirement at the end of the 2007 season. He led Willard to 7 District Titles as well as State Final Four appearances in 1991 and 2003. After a long and successful career at Willard, Hartley would go on to serve as Head Coach at College of the Ozarks and later became the first head coach of the new baseball program at New Covenant Academy, leading the Warriors to the State Title game in just their second season as a program in 2016. Hartley retired from NCA as the end of the 2020 season. Hartley's son, Tyler, was an all-state outfielder for the Tigers during the 2007 season.