Maryville’s outdoor batting cages will soon bear the name of a former Maryville High School junior varsity baseball coach.

On Monday, Maryville Board of Education unanimously approved naming the cages and practice area, which are located on Sam Houston Elementary School’s campus, after Stephen York Coleman, who died July 14, 2011, after a 33-month battle with cancer. Coleman was a coach for 10 years.

Citizens put forth the idea last year, said Director of Schools Stephanie Thompson. In recent months, residents have sent letters and made phone calls requesting the school district consider naming the facility after the former coach.

She also noted the Coleman family, owners of Anderson Lumber Company, have supported Maryville City Schools and its athletic programs for many years. Family members have donated materials, labor, time and money for a variety of projects, including the outdoor batting cages and improvements to the Maryville College baseball field where the Rebels play their games.

History of helping

The family was also instrumental in erecting the previous football scoreboard and made repairs to the press box. They have participated in fundraisers for basketball, football, the booster club and the elementary schools.

In February, the Coleman family received Maryville City Schools Foundation’s Family Partnership Award for their efforts.

Four-year player

Coleman graduated from Maryville High School in 1992. He was a four-year letterman in football and baseball.

The quarterback for the Red Rebels, he was captain and an all-state selection in his senior year. He was also a member of the 1989 AAA State Championship baseball team.

Coleman earned his bachelor’s at Maryville College. He was a four-year starter for the Scots baseball team as a second baseman and pitcher.

In 1996, Coleman became the fourth generation of his family to work at Anderson Lumber and Home Center. He was chief executive officer involved in sales and marketing.

The former player later became a member of Maryville High’s baseball coaching staff. In this post, he influenced and mentored young men for 10 years.

In honor of Coleman’s many contributions to Maryville High School’s baseball program, officials have created the Stephen Coleman Courage Award. The annual award will be given each year to a deserving Maryville player in remembrance of his perseverance and courage.

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