By TIM KOELBLE
11:22 PM EDT, March 12, 2012
Rich Daughtridge used his feet to collect one award and his head for another, each one signifying achievements in and out of athletics.
He is as successful as a Hagerstown business person as he was on the soccer field dating back to his scholastic days at Smithsburg High School, followed by Virginia Military Insitute.
A 1998 graduate of VMI, Daughtridge was recently named to the VMI Sports Hall of Fame for a decorated career in which he finished as the school’s all-time leading scorer.
That honor preceded his selection as Hagerstown’s Business Person of the Year two weeks ago. Daughtridge is founder and president of High Rock Studios and — along with partner Dave Schleigh — has revitalized the Leitersburg Cinemas.
“It was a struggle in soccer at Smithsburg, but my senior year we were 7-4-1 and made the playoffs,” said Daughtridge, speaking of the days before Maryland went to an open playoff system for soccer.
He also was a placekicker on the 1994 football team at Smithsburg, coached by the late Carroll Reid. But his athletic future was set in soccer.
“My first choice of college was Virginia Tech, but I ended at VMI and I was able to play right away,” Daughtridge said.
VMI was certainly pleased with his decision.
In his senior season, Daughtridge scored 13 goals and had 29 points. For his career, he finished with 34 goals, 14 assists and 82 points, VMI’s all-time best.
He graduated from VMI with a degree in economics and business.
“I think getting an overview in all aspects of business was a good platform for entrepreneurship,” said Daughtridge. “Managing all aspects of academics, athletics and military life also prepared me to be organized and execute under pressure.”
Following college, Daughtridge went on to play professionally for the Baltimore Blast indoor team and the Hampton Roads Mariners and Charlotte Eagles outdoors. With the Blast, he was on three championship teams.
Daughtridge said he moved back to the Hagerstown area around 2000 and founded High Rock Studios in 2005. He and his wife, Susan, have three children — Reed, Carter Ann and Keagan.
He has stayed involved in soccer through Reed, whom he has coached in U10 travel soccer.
“It has been fun coaching, investing the time into local soccer,” said Daughtridge. “I think soccer, along with lacrosse, has become a popular youth sport and Washington County is following that trend with significant club involvement.”
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