West baseball to honor late coach Brumley Greene
Morristown West baseball coach Chuck Stansberry’s playing career was impacted significantly by his high school coach at West, Brumley Greene. Now Stansberry is seeing to it that Greene’s legacy will not be forgotten.
Stansberry has announced plans for an alumni game to be held on Saturday, March 8 at Trojan Park, where former West baseball players along with players and students of Greene can come together to celebrate the impact the late coach had on so many while at West High School.
The alumni will have an option to participate in a softball or baseball game during the events, but the main attraction will be the return of Greene’s family to the field at West to unveil plans for an infield hitting facility to be named the Brumley G. Greene Baseball Facility.
The West High Baseball Boosters will begin raising funds to build the facility, as the Trojans will be just one of two schools in the IMAC to not have an indoor facility by June of this year. That facility will bear Greene’s name in honor of the winningest coach in program history.
Stansberry said he wanted former baseball players as well as former students and football players under Greene to come to the event to honor their coach.
“This isn’t just for baseball alumni. It’s for anybody that was ever significantly impacted by coach Greene, either through freshman football, baseball or maybe simply through the classroom,” Stansberry said. “We do want a large contingency of former Trojan baseball players there though so we can share our exciting future plans with them.”
Stansberry said Greene pushed him to be better every day as a player, and for that he will always be grateful.
“Coach Greene laid down the foundation of mental toughness in my life, especially on the baseball field,” Stansberry said. “He taught me how to compete the right way and respect the game, and obviously off the field he taught us how to be the proper kind of man. It was really important to have that kind of role model in the school.”
While Greene was coaching at West, he never had the kind of facilities the current Trojans have like Trojan Park. Despite having challenges with the facilities, Greene consistently put a winning product on the field.
“Coach Greene demanded hard work from us all the time, and while I played for him, we were able to win two IMAC titles and two district titles,” Stansberry said. “His experience and knowledge of the game was passed on pretty much every day. We didn’t have the best facilities back then, but he always made the best out of what he had. He always made sure we were prepared to play.”
The 2014 Trojans team will play this season in honor of Greene, with each player’s hat bearing the initials “BG” on the side to remind them of the late coach.
“We hope it is a rallying point for our guys,” Stansberry said. “A lot of our guys have no idea who coach Greene was, but we have been talking about him a bunch this year. We’re hoping it’s something that will unite these guys, and they will understand the significance of this dedication ceremony and will play for coach Greene.
“It was important to me that we here at Morristown West know that Brumley Greene is not forgotten. I felt like it would be a fitting tribute to him. He provided a lot for the school, so it only made sense to do this in remembrance of him.”
The indoor hitting facility campaign fund has begun, and several sponsorship levels are available to help provide money for the building of the facility. For more information on donating to the fund, contact Chad Seals at 423-273-0652.
- By Matt Daniels, Tribune Sports Editor