Glenn Eddins is a man on the move. He works by day as a mortgage broker and spends his evenings working for United Parcel Service (UPS). He also finds time to work part-time for the Hillsborough County school system. In his spare time he travels around the state of Florida as a flag football referee. Eddins, a member of two NAIA National Championship baseball teams at Lipscomb, is one of five inductees into the Lipscomb Athletics Hall of Fame. The ceremony is April 30 in Allen Arena. Despite his busy schedule Eddins spent some time this week with Lipscombsports.com.
What years did you play baseball at Lipscomb? Who were your coaches?
"I played third base from 1976-79. Ken Dugan was the head coach. Buddy Harston was the first assistant and then Curtis Putnam was an assistant."
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
"I guess I would have to say winning the NAIA National Championships in 1977 and '79. That was quite a challenge to accomplish and we accomplished it.
"It was harder the second time because we were a little bit younger than the 1977 team. The 1979 team was more of an overachieving team.
"Both teams were very close-knit. We would do anything for each other."
What was your response when you were told you were going to be inducted into the Lipscomb Athletics Hall of Fame?
"My initial thought was, `oh, man, I never thought that was going to be something that was going to come true'. I was very surprised. I am happy I am going to be a part of it. I am very honored."
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
"Now I have to put some people in front of other people. Coach Harston was a big part at the beginning.
"Then there were my teammates - Reggie Whittemore, Tim Pardue, Marshall Shumate, Bobby Hamilton, Bobby Parsons and Steve Fletcher. Everybody had an effect on me.
"They were all hard workers. They were always on time and ready to practice. They taught me good fundamentals that I didn’t get in high school. They taught me discipline and the team concept."
Why did you decide attend Lipscomb?
"I was from Florida. I thought baseball was much better in Florida than in Nashville. I had 150 scholarship offers.
"Lipscomb didn't really know me. They had information on me from George Digby, a pro scout. I had been a shortstop my whole life. Then I get to Lipscomb and they tell me I am going to play third base. Pro scouts told me that was the position I would play in pro baseball.
"I remember moving from shortstop was hard to do."
"Buddy Harston was the first person I met when I visited Lipscomb. Coach Dugan was in Belgium trying to start a baseball program there at the time.
"A friend of my parents, Mr. Harold Alderman, had sent a son to school at Lipscomb the year before I came there. We were all Church of Christ members. He talked to my parents about me going to Lipscomb.
"I had heard about Bo McLaughlin being a first round pick in the draft. I thought, `they can play baseball there'.
"I knew no one on the team, I knew no one at the school. I was dropped off at the school in front of High Rise by my Dad and my brother. I didn't have a car.
"I was guided by my Mom and Dad to go to Lipscomb. I liked the campus. The baseball field didn't have a left field wall and that kind of drove me nuts. I wasn't a very fast runner and that meant all of my triples would have been home runs if I had been faster."
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
"There are a lot of things. I learned what PDA was. Being from Florida public display of affection was an amazing thing. Everyone in Florida is affectionate.
"I got to know what true Christianity was. I went to church all of the time in Florida. But at Lipscomb it was a little different. Families would pick me up after church and take me out to eat. I wasn't used to people treating me that kindly."
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
"Honesty. I try to be trustworthy. You learn at Lipscomb it is good to be honest and fair. I am arrogant. I won't lie to you. But Lipscomb teaches you to be humble.
"I work hard in everything I do in life. I do my best or I am not going to do it."
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
"Dr. Marlin Connelly. Dr. Axel Swang. Dr. Ralph Nance. All of my teachers were great, but they are three of my favorites. They would all three come to our ballgames.
"I liked Dr. Connelly's sense of humor and the way he made things interesting in class. Bible classes were hard. You had to study and get it right. I was amazed at how tough Bible classes were.
"Dr. Swang could absolutely be tough in class. He was hardcore, but you knew he was looking out for you and trying to make you the best you could be.
"Dr. Nance baptized me. He taught physics. It amazed me all of the knowledge he had and the amazing world we live in. It wasn't the same old thing."
Where do you live now?
"I live in Pinellas County in Seminole, Florida. That is my main home. I also have a home in St. Petersburg. I grew up in that home."
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
"I do many things. I have been a mortgage broker for around 25 years. That is my main job.
"I work at UPS at night. I fill trucks. I can throw 20 boxes a minute. We work really hard, but UPS treats us really well.
"I drive vehicles for the school system in Hillsborough County. That is part-time."
Tell us about your family.
"I have three children - Rachel, Glenn III and Gregory."
"My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org., but I do not use it every often."