While it might take a village to raise a child, it also takes a lot of people to run an athletic facility.
So it was a proud day for Greenbrier High School softball coach Garrett Black when it was announced that Greenbrier’s facility was named a 2013 Georgia Dugout Club Softball Field of the Year.
“Basically what we try to promote, especially for fields of the year, are the coaches and the parents that take time in taking care of their facility in making their facility the nicest around,” said Matt East, Dugout Club president.
East, on of the four-member board that voted the honor for Greenbrier, said it was a tribute to the coaches and parents of the school.
Black, whose team played at Patriots Park in their inaugural season in 1996 before moving to their location at the school in 1997, gave the majority of the credit to the parents and the community for improvements over the years that helped lead to the honor.
“We’re blessed as a softball program to have parents that it’s not just about their kid, it’s about all of these kids,” Black said. “When you have parents like that, it makes it a program. And that’s what we have, we have so many who just roll up their sleeves and they’re always looking for something to do. Like Will Mackelburg – the man is constantly up here doing something on this field, and our field crew.”
Black’s laundry list of people to thank included Jimmy Padgett, who built the dugouts in 1996, Phillip Tully from Belair Building Supply who donated the block, Terry Davis at Augusta Concrete Ready Mix and Jeff Davis who helped Tully build a wall.
Others Black noted were Jim Blackledge, Wayne Story, Tracy Webb, Mark Bowers, Rob Dixon, Chris Thompson. Robert Titus, Ed Amerson and Mark Moseley.
East was impressed with the totality of the program.
“It’s not only the quality of the softball that’s played there at Greenbrier but the quality of the facility they have is second-to-none to what’s going on in the state,” East said.
Greenbrier will receive the honor in January in Atlanta at the annual softball coaches clinic.