Longtime Brown Middle School coach Edwin LaMarr "Eggo" Grant has died at 77.
He Ed was born on Feb. 24, 1943, and was adopted from the Nashville Children’s Home at the age of six months by the late Percy and Myrtle Grant. He and his three siblings grew up in Daisy, Tennessee, and he graduated from Soddy Daisy High School.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Tennessee Technological University. He later went on to earn a Master’s in Education Administration and Supervision from Tennessee Tech as well. Ed taught one year at Central High School before transferring to the new J.B.
Brown Middle School in 1967, where he carried out his 38-year career teaching Tennessee and American history.
At Brown Middle School, he coached both boys Jr. Varsity and Varsity basketball teams from 1969-1972. He served as the boys’ Varsity basketball coach for 30 seasons, beginning in 1972. It was during his early coaching years that he was given the nickname “Eggo” by several players, and the name stuck. Throughout his time as coach, Brown Middle was named HCAC League Champions four times, HCAC League Runner-up eight times, HCAC Tournament Champions five times, HCAC Tournament Runner-up four times, and had two undefeated seasons (1986/1987 and 1999/2000). He was named HCAC Coach of the Year seven times. From 1991-2003, his basketball teams won 75% of games played.
He coached baseball for 27 seasons, beginning in 1975. He personally built the field, which was named in his honor in 1987. During his time as coach, Brown Middle was named HCAC League Champions five times, HCAC League Runner-up seven times, HCAC Tournament Champions three times, HCAC Tournament Runner-up twice, and had two undefeated seasons (1991/1992 and 1999/2000). He was named HCAC Coach of the Year six times. Brown’s winning percentage was 0.64 during his tenure as coach.
He served as an assistant football coach periodically and sometimes kept the books or ran the game clock. Coaching brought him so much joy both while coaching and later when reminiscing. He was always quick to credit his success with having had talented players.
Upon retirement, he remained connected to his love of baseball by working on the Chattanooga Lookouts ground crew for 10 years.
The family will have a private ceremony. His body will be interned at Hamilton Memorial Gardens. Due to COVID-19, a celebration of Ed’s life and passions will occur at a later time to be determined.
Arrangements are by the Valley View Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, crematory & Florist, 7414 Old Lee Highway.