HOF Inductee Roland passes away

Posted 10/18/2021

Updated 10/18/2021 at 2:25 p.m.

Former McEachern coach Carl Roland, scheduled to be inducted into the GDC Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2022, has passed away.

 

HOF Inductee Roland passes

Longtime McEachern coach Carl Roland, scheduled to be inducted into the Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2022, passed away on Monday.

Visitation will be held at Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home in Powder Springs on Wednesday, October 20th from 5-8 p.m. A memorial service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, October 21st at 2 p.m. with visitation one hour prior. Reverend Dr. A. T. Stewart will be officiating.

The longtime McEachern High School coach is credited by many for building the struggling program into a baseball power during his tenure.

Roland impacted many of his former players as much as they did him.

From 1976 to 1994, Roland guided the Indians to four region baseball titles, five region runner-up finishes, a state baseball championship in 1987 in the state’s largest classification and finished with an overall coaching record of 313-148.

During his time, only one team from each region made the state baseball playoffs.

In his 17 seasons at McEachern, none of his team finished with a losing record. His 1979 team was the first program at the school in any sport to win a region title in 17 years.

Roland also coached softball at McEachern from 1980-2005. His teams won six region titles, made five trips to the state semifinals and his teams twice finished as the state runner-up. He had one losing season in 25 years as the softball coach, yet that team still finished eighth at the state tournament.

His overall softball record was 400-253, giving him 773 combined wins between the two sports.