Two legends of Lee University Athletics, Athletics Director Larry Carpenter and Director of Broadcasting George Starr, were honored last week as the new baseball stadium at Olympic Field was …
Two legends of Lee University Athletics, Athletics Director Larry Carpenter and Director of Broadcasting George Starr, were honored last week as the new baseball stadium at Olympic Field was officially given its new name of Larry Carpenter Stadium at Olympic Field.
In addition, the press box was named in honor of George Starr, who served as Sports Information Director at Lee from 1996-2017 and currently serves as the voice of the Flames, a job he has held for 35 years.
Fighting back tears, Lee baseball coach Mark Brew introduced Carpenter and recounted the true family atmosphere he has helped create as athletic director.
"When my father passed away several years ago it was a very difficult time for me," Brew recalled. "But, the support I felt from coach Carpenter was so impactful. He and (Carpenter's wife) Cheri were right there at the funeral supporting me. Coach Carpenter always has your back and is always positive and pushing us as coaches to be the best we can be. We are fortunate to work for, not only a great athletic director, but a great person."
"Larry has been a fixture in Lee athletics as an All-American and Hall of Fame player, then coach and now athletics director," said Dr. Conn. "He is a gifted leader that while fiercely competitive has struck the right balance of helping create a culture of excellence within our athletic department in all areas of student life. When you think of Lee athletics you think of Larry Carpenter, and so it is fitting that his name should be associated with this beautiful new facility."
Assistant Athletics Director and volleyball coach Andrea Hudson introduced Starr, "I've know George since he was a writer for the Cleveland Daily Banner and he wrote a beautiful article on me and my family when I was a player. I have many of his old press releases saved. He always had such a beautiful way with words. George has been a good friend to me over the years and a tireless worker to help promote our student athletes and programs."
Hudson went on to read words that coaches and former players used to describe George. Those words included, dedicated, driven, loyal, committed and determined just to name a few.
Dr. Conn added, "I have often referred to George as the hardest working man on the campus of Lee University. For over 35 years he has served the athletic department with excellence in writing, broadcasting and media coverage for our programs. George never stopped until the job was done. His work ethic and drive has and continues to inspire me."
"I'm so fortunate to have been able to play here, coach here and for the last 24 years be the athletic director here," said Carpenter. "I want to thank Dr. Conn for allowing me this honor and to my wife and family for their constant support and encouragement."
"I've always tried to just do my job the best that I can to help support our coaches and student athletes," said Starr. "I've been honored to cover some of the finest athletes, coaches and programs in the country over the years. I wouldn't be where I am today without the support of my wife, Joyce, who has taken so many trips and spent late nights helping me get the job done. I'm grateful to be given this honor and will cherish it always."
The stadium officially opened in February of 2018.
This fall Carpenter will enter his 24th year as athletics director while Starr will put on the headset and bring Flames' fans around the globe all the action for the 35th season.
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