|There is no one who knows the high school athletic landscape in Macon and Bibb County better than Eddie Ashley, who worked in the system his entire career, which spanned almost a half-century before he retired in December of 2017.
A Lanier High School and University of Georgia graduate, Ashley coached baseball, football and basketball during his career, which included stops at Northeast, Southwest and Southeast high schools. He helped start the athletic program at the now defunct Southeast High School when it opened in 1989.
Baseball is where Eddie excelled as a coach serving as the head man at both Southwest and Southeast for more than three decades, compiling a 333-165. Among his products at Southwest was Milton Cuyler, who was a second-round draft choice of the Detroit Tigers in 1986 and went on to play in the major leagues for nine seasons with Detroit, Boston and Texas.
Ashley’s accomplishments are many. He revived the Lem Clark baseball tournament in 1977 and won it as a head coach in 1979, 1984, 1987, 1992 and 1994. He was named Georgia Athletic Region 4-3A Coach of the Year in 1986 and 1987. His teams won seven sub-region championships, as well as five region titles. He had one Elite Eight finish and appeared in one Final Four. Eddie was the GACA South All-Star Coach twice, and he also served as an assistant three times.
He was the head coach of the Georgia Dugout Club South All-Stars three times and was an assistant two times. He was selected to coach in the Sunbelt Classic with Team Georgia in 1993. Ashley was the GACA State Baseball Chairman from 1991 until 1997 and has served as a Georgia Dugout Club South Baseball Coordinator since 1978, while a member of the executive board. He was instrumental in changing the name of the Atlanta Dugout Club to the Georgia Dugout Club to make it a statewide organization.
He was elected to the Georgia Dugout Club Baseball Club Hall of Fame in 2004.
Ashley served as Bibb County School Athletic Director for seven years before his retirement in December.