Edrington heading to OCU Hall of Fame
By Pete Swanson for the Princeton Daily Clarion. Used by permission.
Carroll Edrington, a four-time letterman in both basketball and baseball enroute to 1961 graduation from then Oakland City College, is the newest electee to the Oakland City University Athletic Hall of Fame.
Edrington will be inducted during the 6 p.m., Nov. 11 banquet in the Bower-Suhrheinrich Student Center. He’ll be introduced at halftime of the Mighty Oaks 3 p.m. season basketball opener against Earlham in the Johnson Center. The banquet will follow the 5:30 reception the Bower Suhrheinrich Student Center.
“Carroll won both the Mr. Basketball and Mr. Baseball awards as a senior. I can find no other person who won both,” said longtime Indiana basketball historian Hugh Schaefer, a former Oakland City College basketball manager who coached at South Knox high school and is a Hoosier Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Famer.
Twice Edrington led Oakland baseball players in batting, hitting .426 as a junior and a .407 as a senior. In his final college game against Hanover, be batted 5-7 including a 507-foot home run, believed to be the longest homer in Mighty Oaks history.
In basketball he started for the 1959-60 Mighty Oaks, the only Oakland City team to advance to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Tournament in Kansas City. He was that team’s third-leading scorer. As a senior, he co-captained the 1960-61 team.
Following graduation, Edrington taught and coached at several southwestern Indiana schools, including a stint as boys’ varsity basketball coach at Winslow before that school became a part of the consolidation that produced Pike Central. He starred as a basketball player at Winslow, leading the 1953-54 team that posted a 24-3 record while winning sectional and regional titles in the one–class era. He earned all sectional, all-regional and all semi-state team honors that postseason.
“Carroll is possibly the best two sport athlete in the history of our college and university,” said fellow OCU Athletic Hall of Famer, Mike Poehlein.
“And his post-college life has been a beacon for many students. He kept growing as a leader and impacted young people for many years.”
Former Oakland City classmate and baseball teammate Jerry Osmon calls Edrington “probably the greatest power hitter our university’s baseball team ever had. And he touched so many lives in his teaching and coaching career. Quite often I’m told of the high regard in which his former students hold him. And most importantly, he is a man of God.” Carroll and his wife, Jessie, reside in Winslow and recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They have one son who is deceased.
Reservations for the November 11 banquet may be made by contacting OCU Alumni Relations Director Susan Sullivan at 812-749-1226 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sullivan said reservations must be made by October 27 so that organizers know how many meals must be prepared.