Carson-Newman coaching legend passes away

June 22, 2008

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) -- Former Carson-Newman baseball coach Bobby Wilson has passed away following a short bout with cancer. He was 84.

Wilson coached the Eagles for 23 years, leading them to a 490-260-1 record and 11 South Atlantic Conference titles. Wilson guided Carson-Newman to the NAIA national championship in 1965, the first national title in any sport in the school's history.

Wilson, from Piedmont, Ala., is a member of the Carson-Newman Athletic Hall of Fame, and his No. 38 jersey is the only retired baseball jersey in school history. He is also a member of the NAIA Baseball Hall of Fame and the Ole Miss Athletic Hall of Fame after starring in both football and baseball for the Rebels.

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