MPHS Baseball Field to be Named

Coach Eddie Bassham

Mt. Pleasant High School is honored to announce the naming of the Mt. Pleasant High School baseball field for Coach Eddie Bassham.  The Maury County School Board unanimously passed a motion to name the field for Coach Bassham on June 1, 2020.  Coach Bassham began his head coaching career at Mt. Pleasant in 1977 and served until 2004.  During this time, Coach Bassham led Mt. Pleasant to nine district championships, five region championships, and three Class A State Runner-up (1989, 1998, 2004).  Coach Bassham also served as an assistant coach in 2014 and returned to the Head Coach position for the 2014 and 2015 season.  He came back out of retirement again in 2019 and served as head coach until 2020.  Coach Bassham served as the Head Coach of Mt. Pleasant High School baseball team in six different decades (70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 00’s, 10’s, 20’s). Coach Bassham also served as an assistant coach for his son, Brandon, at Middle Tennessee Christian for three years.  He also served as the Head Coach of Columbia Academy for three years.  Coach Bassham finished his career with over 600 career wins.  Coach Bassham and his wife, Lynn, have two children: Brandon (Keyta) Bassham and Brooke (Blake) Lovett.  A ceremony will be held to officially name the baseball field “Eddie Bassham Field” on March 27, 2021 as the Tigers play Eagleville High School, coach by Eddie’s son, Brandon. More information will be released regarding the ceremony at a later date.

Quotes from Mt. Pleasant High School administration and former players:

Dr. Ryan Jackson, Executive Principal - “Coach Bassham is the definition of a living legend. Having coached in six different decades, most certainly qualifies that status. However, what I learned from Coach Bassham in the two years I worked with him is that his commitment and work ethic were second-to-none. He was beyond dependable. His passion for the game was only exceeded by his love and commitment to his players. He built that field by hand and Tiger baseball lives because of him. Now his legacy is indelible.”

 Eric Hughes, Athletic Director, member of 1989 State Runner-up team – “Some of my fondest memories in high school came on the diamond with Coach Bassham.  He pushed us each and every day, expecting our best.  He was a competitor and he believed in us.  His attention to detail often made the difference in close games.  In 1989, the Region championship game, we got down by 9 runs in the 2nd inning.  Coach Bassham refused to let us quit, we chipped away, won on a walk-off homerun.  No one has meant more to the Mt. Pleasant baseball community than Eddie Bassham.  A big thank you goes to his wife Lynn, who has been by his side during his whole career.

Wayne Lindsey, member of the 1998 State Runner-up team – “This is a great honor to a most deserving man.  He was a hard worker and required the same of his players which resulted in years of success.  But more than wins and losses, more than teaching the importance of hard work, Coach Bassham set before us what it meant to be a great human being.  Looking backing, he was and still is a wonderful example to follow.  I am happy for him and his family.”

 Neylan Roberts, former head baseball of Mt. Pleasant, member of 2004 State Runner-up team “Coach Bassham is well deserving of this honor.  He poured his heart into the Tiger Baseball program and into the young men that he coached.  He taught those of us that were fortunate enough to play for him about how to be successful in the game of baseball, but most importantly, he taught us how to be successful in life.