Commission honors Bob Edens following Hall of Fame induction
By Ivory Riner
Three region titles, 10 district championships, four Walking Horse Bowl games and a state Class AA championship in 1984.
Those are some of the career milestones Bob Edens, former Marshall County High School football coach, heard highlighted at Monday's Marshall County Commission meeting.
Commissioner Dean Delk presented Edens' a resolution honoring and recognizing him for being the third Marshall Countian inducted into the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association Hall of Fame, a creemony that took place on April 18.
"I asked coach [Bob Edens] who his best player was and he told me, 'All of them.' So I went to some of his players and asked them the same question. They all told me everyone," Delk jokingly said as he presented the resolution.
"So when I finally went to Doris Wayne Weaver and asked him who the best player was, he said, 'By golly, I was!"
Edens' honor was formally given on April 18 though he was ill and unable to attend. His induction follows previous local recipients Fred Shelton (1995) and Roy Dukes (2005) into the TSSAA Hall of Fame. Edens entered in the coaching category, while Shelton and Dukes were inducted as administrators.
In his previous years, Edens graduated from Moore County High School in 1964 and went on to earn his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1969 and Master's Degree in Education with Administration and Supervision in 1976 from Middle Tennessee State University.
After earning his degree, he moved to Lewisburg and served as the head football coach at Marshall County High School for 22 seasons and principal at Cornersville School from 2001 until spring of last year. The Tigers dominated their opponents from 1982 to 1986 with a 46-0 regular season record. Edens posted a 167-79 coaching record through his 22 years as head coach.
Through the years, his talent has not gone unnoticed. In 2001 the field house at Preston Hopkins Field in Lewisburg was dedicated in his honor and named after him, 10 times he was named a district coach of the year and received the A.F. Bridges Sportsmanship Award from the TSSAA in 2008-09.
In all, he served as an educator for 45 years and an athletic coach for 32.
"I give credit to the people who put up with me because y'all made me," said Edens, who also thanked his wife for standing by his side after years of him coming home late after Friday night football games.