FCA Baseball Honors Greenville University Head Coach Lynn Carlson with Jerry Kindall Award
Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Annual Award Recognizes a College or High School Baseball Coach Who Exemplifies Character, Integrity, Excellence, Teamwork and Service
KANSAS CITY, Mo.—This past weekend at the American Baseball Coaches Association Convention in Indianapolis, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA, www.fca.org) Baseball honored Greenville University head baseball coach Lynn Carlson with the 2018 Jerry Kindall Character in Coaching Award.
FCA Baseball presents the Kindall Award each year at the ABCA Convention to the college or high school baseball coach who best exemplifies the Christian principles of character, integrity, excellence, teamwork and service.
“FCA congratulates Coach Carlson on his well-deserved honor,” said FCA President and CEO Shane Williamson. “Coaches have the opportunity to impact so many throughout their lifetime, and Coach Carlson has made an indelible mark on his players and fellow coaches. FCA remains committed to honoring coaches who exhibit the qualities of a godly leader who can truly change lives through their service.”
The award’s namesake, Jerry Kindall, passed away recently on Christmas Eve. The legendary coach and baseball standout was well-known and respected among his peers and those he coached over the years.
“The baseball community lost a legend in the going home to heaven of Coach Jerry Kindall,” David Daly of FCA Baseball. “Coach made a huge difference for the Kingdom with his faith walk that glorified our Lord.”
Lynn Carlson began his tenure as head baseball coach at what was formerly known as Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois, in 1997. While a student at Greenville, he competed in men’s basketball and baseball before signing a professional baseball contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1990 and pitching in the Pirates’ and San Diego Padres’ organizations for two seasons.
Carlson returned to Greenville as a student after his professional baseball career and graduated in 1993. He also holds a master’s degree from the University of Kentucky. In 2010, he passed Greenville Hall of Fame baseball coach Dave Altopp to become Greenville baseball’s all-time leader in wins.
In 2016, Carlson recorded his 400th coaching victory, and in 2017, the Greenville Panthers won the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) Tournament and finished first in the East Division with an overall record of 30-17 and a conference record of 16-6. The 2018 Greenville baseball season kicks off Jan. 16 at Rhodes College in Memphis.
Jerry Kindall was the first person in NCAA history to win a baseball national championship as both a player and a coach. In addition to his three titles at the University of Arizona as a coach, Kindall played shortstop for the 1956 National Champion University of Minnesota team.
Signed by the Chicago Cubs in 1956, Kindall went on to play eight seasons in the Major Leagues with the Cubs, Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins. Following his professional career, Kindall became the University of Arizona Wildcats head skipper from 1973-1996. He was Arizona’s all-time leader in career wins, finishing his coaching career with a record of 860-580-6.
Kindall was a member of both the University of Minnesota and University of Arizona Halls of Fame, and was the recipient of the ABCA’s Prestigious Lefty Gomez Award in 1999 as well as a three-time national ABCA Coach of the Year.
Although Kindall’s coaching resume was impressive, those who knew him either as a coach or as a peer were most impressed by the kind of person he was both on and off the baseball diamond.
Past Kindall Award winners include Rich Maloney (2017), Dan McDonnell (2016), Brian Shoop (2015), Ray Hughes (2014), Rusty Stroupe (2013), Scott Berry (2012), Victor “Bubba” Cates (2011), Dave Altopp (2010), Carroll Land (2009), Elliot Johnson (2008), Mark Johnson (2007) and Jerry Kindall (2006). To learn more about the Kindall Award, visit FCA Baseball.
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