Edens inducted into Hall of Fame

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Brent Edens (left) was presented his father's awards by Roy Dukes, who was elected to the TSSAA Hall of Fame as an administrator in 2005. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

Marshall County coaching legend Bob Edens was inducted into the Tennessee Secondary Sports Athletic Association (TSSAA) Hall of Fame on Saturday, but unfortunately Edens came down with a non-serious illness Friday night and was unable to attend the ceremony at the Embassy Suites conference center in Murfreesboro.

Marshall County now has three members in the TSSAA Hall of Fame as Fred Shelton (1995) and Roy Dukes (2005) were inducted in the administrator category.

Son steps in

Accepting the honor on Edens' behalf was his son Brent Edens, who was presented his father's Hall of Fame lapel, medal and plaque by Dukes.

"We all felt bad he couldn't be here," said Brent Edens. "Other than his grandchildren coming into the house, this is probably as proud as he has been and we all share in his pride.

"I enjoyed it, I enjoyed doing it for him, I just wish he could be here."

Title winner

Edens coached the Marshall County High School Tigers for 22 years, guiding the team to the Class-AA state football title in 1984, finishing the season with an undefeated 14-0 record.

"My dad is a very tough-nosed man and that is what he always expected from his players," said Brent Edens. "He always appreciated his players because he wanted to make the average player good, the good player great and he always appreciated that more than wins."

The Tigers won three region titles, 10 district crowns and made 15 playoff appearances under Edens' tutelage.

Marshall County High School baseball legend and Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame member Joe George was present at the ceremony on Saturday in Murfreesboro to support his longtime friend and coaching partner.

Thrilled for friend

Joe George, Marshall County baseball coaching legend and good friend of Bob Edens was present at the ceremony and said, "I am just tickled to death for Bobby, I worked with him for 22 years as an assistant and I am just thrilled to death for him."

"He is a hard worker and a great guy and nobody deserves it more than Bob."

Edens was also named District Coach of the Year 10 times and was presented with the coveted A.F. Bridges Award in 2008-2009.

Edens left his coaching position in 1999 and became principal at Cornersville High School in 2001.

"Bob was firm in what he believed and he stayed with it all the time, he was tough," said George. "Sometimes we felt we were hard on the kids and you could always tell when his fused got lit, his neck got all red and you could tell they were in for it."

Other honors

Marshall County High School honored Edens the same year when the field house at Preston Hopkins Field was named after him.

Edens also received high recognition as an administrator when he was awarded the Education Consumer Foundation's Value-Added Achievement Award in 2011.

Edens ended his 45-year career in the educational system when he retired after the 2013-2014 school year.

Also inducted into the TSSAA Hall of Fame on Saturday were Dan Black and V.F. Goddard as administrators, Charlie Harper and Ernie Smith as coaches, Doug Dennett and James Herbert as officials and Wanda Belt as a contributor.