On Friday, February 20, during the Coldwater High School Hall of Fame Athletic Induction Ceremony Coldwater High School Gymnasium will be re-named and dedicated in honor of long-time supporter of Coldwater athletics, Coach Floyd Eby. During the ceremony held between the girls and boys basketball game, Jim Bilsborrow will speak about the impact Coach Eby had on sports in our community. The gym will be re-named the Coach Floyd Eby Gymnasium.
The re-naming was made possible through a grant at the Branch County Community Foundation from the Coach Eby Memorial Fund. Coach Floyd Eby was a part of the CHS sports from the mid-1940’s until 1964. During that time he served as athletic director, head basketball coach, head football coach, golf coach, tennis coach, and baseball coach with the height of his career in 1949 with a State Champion Basketball team. One year after Eby began his teaching and coaching career at Coldwater, he left Coldwater to serve our country in World War II. He returned two years later in 1946 to continue his love for teaching and athletics. In 1964 he was named to the MHSAA Coach’s Hall of Fame. In 1976 he was named outstanding citizen of the year by the Coldwater Chamber of Commerce and in March 1999 honored as the Coach of The Legends of the Game at the Basketball State final’s at Michigan State University Breslin Center.
The dedication will happen around 7:15 p.m. with a plaque also displayed in the glass showcase of Eby’s accomplishment. Anyone who has been involved or influenced by Coach Eby is invited to join in this celebration.
The Branch County Community Foundation is a non-profit organization and a nationally accredited and state-certified community grant-making foundation that serves communities in Branch County and Colon, Michigan by supporting charitable giving, building permanent endowments, and connecting community resources. For more information about scholarships, please contact the Branch County Community Foundation by calling 517.278.4517 or visit their website at www.BRCOFoundation.org.