The baseball field at Collinwood High School was dedicated last week in memory of a very special former Head Baseball Coach for the Trojans, the late Adam Andrews.
When Adam was fifteen years old and playing on the Collinwood High School Trojans Junior Varsity football team in a game against Mt. Pleasant, the unthinkable happened. In a split second of football action, Adam sustained three broken vertebrae in his neck and irreparably damaged his spinal cord. Adam was immediately rendered a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the neck down.
Adam was determined to get back to his “normal life” as quickly as possible. He returned to school, with the help of his dad as his aide, in March of 2003, a mere five months after his accident. He graduated from Collinwood High School in 2005, and went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and Education with an emphasis on Business from Martin Methodist College, and another Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Sports Management from Martin Methodist as well.
Adam was employed at Collinwood High School for several years as a College Counselor, Assistant Football Coach, and Head Baseball Coach. All of the students and faculty knew and loved Adam, and had a special respect for him that was different from any other. Adam Andrews passed away on December 24, 2019, from complications of pneumonia.
Just a few months prior to his passing, Adam made a social media post that said, in part, “I’m thankful to have a job that I love – teaching and coaching and hopefully doing a part in helping young people reach their dreams.” There is no doubt that Adam did just that.