By Michael Schaffer Managing Editor
The Daily Iowegian
---- — A Centerville native retired this June after a 30-plus career playing and teaching the game of baseball.
Greg Hawk attended and graduated from Centerville High School in 1976. He was a three-sport student-athlete competing in baseball, basketball and football.
But baseball is what he will be remembered for.
But let’s start where it all got started: Centerville.
Greg, mother Marie, father Glen and siblings Debra and Rodney, now deceased, lived in the 700 block of North 18th Street across from Alliant Energy.
Hawk earned multiple honors as a Big Red: Named S.E. District all-star squad catcher by the Iowa High School Baseball coaches association in 1976 and the same year the Iowa Daily Press Association named him to all-state, first team catcher.
All told, Hawk earned six all-conference awards and numerous all-state selections as a Big Red. While Hawk was on the Big Reds baseball team, they would win three conference titles.
Hawk next attended Indian Hills Community College in Centerville in the fall of 1976. While attending IHCC, Hawk and his high school sweetheart, Beth Wilson, were married. Beth is the daughter of Joe and Gerri Wilson of Centerville.
Hawk was named to the second-team all-Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association baseball honor squad for his play as a catcher for the N.W. Missouri State University Bearcats in 1980. Hawk lettered three years and was selected Bearcats’ captain his senior year.
Hawk starts his baseball head coaching career in 1980 at Sweet Springs High School in Sweet Springs, Mo. Hawk would spend two years there.
Hawk next went to Eastern Washington University at Cheney, Wash. where he graduated in one year with a master’s degree in athletic administration.
At the age of 25 in 1984, Hawk took over the Linn-Benton Community College baseball program.
This year Hawk retired after 30 years as the head baseball coach at LBCC in Albany, Ore. Along the way, Hawk coached the Roadrunners to six league titles and they were the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges league champions in 1988 and 1991.
Hawk was voted Coach of the Year seven times and Rawlings National Coach of the Year in 1988 and 1991.
Hawk coached LBCC in nearly 1,200 games with approximately 630 wins.
Hawk also coached the LBCC women’s basketball team. They won two titles and Hawk was named Coach of the Year twice.
Hawk was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Centerville High School’s Pep Chapel Oct. 2, 1999.
Hawk’s mother Marie lives in rural Appanoose County. His father Glen lives in Centerville.