Friday, May 1, 2009

Country Day to name field in Walton's honor



Charlotte Country Day will name its baseball field in honor of former coach Ed Walton before today's game against Charlotte Latin.

The dedication ceremony will be at 6:45 p.m., followed by the 7 p.m. game.

Walton, 63, coached baseball for 30 years through 2004, and continues to run Country Day's junior varsity football program. He's been a teacher there 36 years.

"I am overwhelmed to have a field named after me," Walton said. "Some of the people who have fields named after them here - Sally Dowd, the Blythe family, John Cook - were people I worked with and looked up to. It is aboout as big an honor as you can have."

More than 500 friends, former players, students and alumni are expected to attend. Many are traveling from out of state to return for Country Day's alumni weekend.

- Cliff Mehrtens

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Coach Ed Walton is one of the finest men I have had the pleasure to know...I am proud to call him COACH and to had had the priviledge to have played for him...the dedication of the Baseball Complex is far overdue.
Sincerly and Respectfully,
Mark S. Uptegraff

mark_uptegraff@yahoo.com said...

SPELLING CORRECTED...Coach Ed Walton is one of the finest men and instructors I have had the pleasure to know...I am proud to call him COACH and to have had the priviledge to play for him...the dedication of the Baseball Complex is far overdue.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Mark S. Uptegraff

Anonymous said...

I had the pleasure of coaching at CCDS Softball for 7 years and there was no better man to be associated with than Ed Walton. He deserves the honor. Congrats Ed


Sincerely
Denny Doggett

Anonymous said...

a true gentleman. i had the pleasure to be his asst. for a few years. there is not a better man coacing young men. truly a well deserved honor.

Anonymous said...

For those that love HS baseball, the scene at Charlotte Country Day on Friday night captured all that is good about the sport and those who play it and support it. Coach Walton's fine speech at the conclusion of the dedication cermeony was very touching and you could feel the love in the air. The Country Day and Charlotte Latin teams followed the ceremony with a hard-fought game that wasn't decided until Latin snuffed out a late rally to win 7-6.

Brad Frazier