For 30 years between 1972 and 2002, Roger Bergey patrolled the basketball court at HHS displaying his unique wardrobe and characteristic “foot stomp” for Blue Streak fans. During this time his teams amassed a total of 428 wins, 2nd in school history. His Blue Streak teams won 6 regional championships, were state runners-up, and state champions in 1978 and 1979. Coach Bergey was known for his “wild kingdom” press defense, which caused havoc for his opponents and propelled the Blue Streaks to many victories.
The 1978 & 1979 teams were led by Ralph Sampson, the #1 high school player in the nation in 1979 who went on to star at the University of Virginia and in the National Basketball Association. In addition to coaching the basketball team, Coach Bergey was the JV baseball coach for 5 years, Assistant Athletic Director for 5 years and Athletic Director for 13 years.
Coach Bergey is a graduate of Strasburg high school where he played basketball and baseball all four years of high school. He led the district in scoring his senior year. He then went to Massanutten Military Academy on a basketball scholarship for a year of prep school. Roger led the state in scoring and was named 1st Team All-State. He entered the College of William and Mary in 1959 and played four seasons of basketball. Roger was captain of the basketball team his junior and senior seasons, led the team in scoring his junior year and was All-Big Five 1st Team and 2nd Team All-Southern Conference his senior year. In 1986 Roger was elected to the William and Mary Athletic Hall of Fame.
After graduation from William and Mary, Roger coached for five years at Patrick Henry High in Ashland, where he was head basketball coach, and four years as an assistant coach at Varina High School before coming to HHS in 1972. Coach Bergey has been active in the Virginia High School Coaches Association for many years and has served in a variety of official positions including the Legislative and Executive Committees and the Hall of Fame Screening Committee. Coach Bergey was elected to the Virginia High School League Hall of Fame in 2008.