McCann Has Done What Few Others Have
Monday, May 19, 2008

SHREVEPORT -- For 10 years now Centenary head baseball coach Ed McCann has roamed the dugout at Shehee Stadium, and in the last five seasons he has led his team to The Summit League Tournament.

 

However, the 2007-08 academic year has been even more special for McCann. In November he was named Shreveport/Bossier City Man of the Year for his charitable work with ALS and on Saturday he guided his Gents to their first 30 win seasons since 1992.

 

Twice a year, he has his teams visit the children at Shriners Hospital, as part of their community service project and on Labor Day the Gents answer phones for the local MDA Telethon.

 

On the field in 2008, the Gents got off to their hottest start in school history, a 16-5 record, which included a 5-1 victory over Arkansas. Senior closer Aaron Bronson also broke the school record for career saves with 10 and freshman Justin Kraft tied the season mark for wins (9).

 

Several of McCann’s student-athletes were successful in the classroom, as Bronson was nominated for the CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) Academic All-Region Team, Tim Kelleher was accepted to graduate school at Notre Dame and former Centenary pitcher Brandon Fulenchek won the Mid-Con’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.

 

“What Mac does for Centenary and this community is beyond words,” said associate head Mike Diaz. “Our kids work hard for him in the classroom and on the field. I am honored to be a part of this program and I think it will continue to grow.”

 

Centenary will be back in action on Thursday against Oral Roberts in the first round of the conference tournament. All of the Gents games will be heard on www.gocentenary.com.