Glenn Eames, Darton College's head baseball coach and grounds superintendent, spoke about the college's future at the weekly Exchange Club of Albany meeting Friday.
ALBANY, Ga. -- Serving his last year as baseball coach at Darton College, Glenn Eames talked up Darton's future as a four-year college in the community Friday.
"I'm ready to step down after 16 years as coach," Eames said. "I've been working to be involved in the growth of the school as a whole."
Starting with the growth of the baseball program under his wing, Eames said at first there were few scholarships available, but the scholarship program has doubled in the last couple of years.
The program also added two assistant coaches this year -- Greg Gay and Justin Huff -- Eames said as he introduced them.
"We (the baseball team) have come in second in the state five times in the last 15 years," Eames said. "We were named the top athletic program in Region 17 last year."
That honor includes all the sports at Darton, Eames said. Darton offers more than 10 intercollegiate sports for men and women including soccer, cross country, swimming and diving.
Going over the "Master Plan Executive Summary" for the school with Exchangites, Eames said the time is ripe for Darton to become a four-year, degree-granting institution.
"This semester we have over 6,000 students," Eames said. "We have 1,157 jobs, and contribute $117 million to the economy of Dougherty and Lee counties."
Eames urged Exchangites to get involved in getting Darton to four-year status to better the community; after all, that is what the club does, he said. It betters the community through its fight against child abuse, by bestowing money on young scholars and other programs.
"We could have 15,000 students as a four-year college," Eames said. "The economic impact (of Darton) would more than double. Albany is ready for it. Albany needs it. Let's make it happen."
Although Eames is stepping down as baseball coach, he will retain his position as grounds superintendent at the college. Assistant coach Gay said he thinks Eames will stay involved in some capacity with the baseball program.
"We aren't letting him out yet," Gay said. "He started baseball at Darton. I think he'll stay involved; we just haven't got the title for what he'll do yet."