Beyond the Scoreboard: UNCA celebrates Mike Gore Appreciation Day


Mike Gore Appreciation Day is Saturday at the High Point-UNC Asheville baseball game. (Photo courtesy of UNC Asheville).

The UNC Asheville baseball team will celebrate the career of one of the school’s Hall of Fame members Saturday before and during the Bulldogs’ game with High Point.

“Mike Gore Appreciation Day” will celebrate the school’s long-time sports information director, who retired in 2015.

Gore, already in the school’s Hall of Fame, will be inducted into the Big South Conference Hall of Fame later this month.

The Bulldogs (12-33, 7-14) will play High Point (25-20, 13-8) in a 3 p.m. start. Gore will throw out the first pitch and will also be honored during the game.

“I’m humbled and honored to be recognized by the school and the Big South,” said Gore, who lives in Asheville with his wife Lisa.

“I’m proud to be the first (sports information director) inducted, and I’m happy the conference is recognizing the role we play.

“I spent more than half my life in that job, since I was 23, and it’s an honor to have that work recognized.”

The game is also Senior Day for the Bulldogs, playing in their last home series of the season. It’s also Sandlot Saturday, and children are encouraged to bring their gloves to the game and play catch with the Bulldogs players after the game.

Trading cards for Asheville players and Gore will be given out at the game.

Gore served the Bulldogs’ athletic department for 29 years as SID and associate athletic director. He was also interim athletic director and served one season as the team’s softball coach, winning Big South Coach of the Year honors after the Bulldogs led the nation in stolen bases.

In 2016, the Mountain Amateur Athletic Club awarded Gore the MOOG/Gene Ochsenreiter Award for Lifetime Achievement.