WINTER HAVEN — Tuesday night the Polk State College Baseball team added some more hardware to their trophy case as they received the College Team of the Year award presented at the 2012 Polk County All Sports Awards and Hall of Fame ceremony at the Lakeland Center. This is the second year in a row the team has won this award.
Also on this night, former Head Baseball Coach Joe Arnold was inducted into the Polk County Hall of Fame. Arnold coached the Eagles from 2007 to 2010. During his tenure 27 players moved to four-year institutions, and three players went on to play for Major League teams: Albert Cartwright (Houston Astros), Joe Melioris (Anaheim Angels) and Eric Grabe (Chicago White Sox).
Arnold also coached at Florida Southern College from 1977 to 1983, leading the Mocs to two NCAA Division II World Series titles and six consecutive World Series appearances.
Coaching at the University of Florida from 1984 to 1994, the two-time SEC Coach of the Year led the Gators to two Southeastern Conference championships, three SEC tournament titles, seven Division I tournament appearances, and two College World Series berths before becoming a coach and scout in the New York Yankees organization.
With the Yankees, he won two New York-Penn League championships as a minor league manager and signed more than 160 players as a scout.