September 15, 2010 8:50:00 AM
When Columbus native Chuck Box was the baseball coach at Freed-Hardeman Univerity, he took the program to unprecedented heights.
Box, a 1987 graduate of former Caldwell High School, coached the Lions from 1994-98 and again from 2003-04 with his 1996 team setting a school record with 36 wins and his 1997 team winning the TranSouth Conference regular season championship and finishing 44-10.
For his contributions, Box was inducted into the Freed-Hardeman Athletics Hall of Fame this past Friday.
The 41-year old Box, who is now the baseball coach at Jackson Prep, was notified of his selection by Freed-Hardeman athletic director Mike McCutchen.
"When I first thought about it, it was like ''Oh that''s great.''" Box said. "But as I''ve thought about it a little bit more, it''s an honor. I have a lot of respect for Freed-Hardeman for the fine institution that it is."
Box played baseball at Freed-Hardeman and served as an assistant coach from 1989-90 and again from 1992-93 before becoming the head coach.
Box met his wife and had his first child while coaching at Freed-Hardeman.
"A lot of my life is really invested in that place," Box said. "To be honored by a place that you have so much respect for and a place that has been significant in your life, is quite an honor and something I''m very grateful for."
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