Eddie Holbrook has 20+ years of diversified experience and documented contributions in athletics, management and leadership. He has a proven record in conceiving and transmitting vision into reality, mission into action and hard work into success. Strategic planning expertise combines with dynamic leadership, resulting in the efficient operation of organizations and teams. A focused problem solver, Mr. Holbrook identifies organizational needs and delivers effective solutions.  Eddie is married to Millie Keeter Holbrook and lives in Shelby. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory and a Master of Arts degree from Appalachian State University in Boone. Eddie served as a coach and Athletic Director at Gardner-Webb University (formerly Gardner-Webb College) and as an athletic coach at Furman University in Greenville, SC. He currently works at Cleveland Community College as Senior Dean of Development and Governmental Relations and is a Cleveland County Commissioner.

  Eddie has been instrumental in many facets of economic development recruitment, including the passion and leadership for permanency of the American Legion World Series in Shelby. The World Series is a major economic development feat for this community. In 2011, Randall Marketing Firm estimated a $7.9 million economic impact for Shelby and surrounding areas during the World Series. By 2013 the economic impact of the tournament had reached 15.8 million.  

As the Co-chairman of Cleveland County ALWS, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit organization, Eddie and the executive committee have successfully acquired the American Legion World Series on a permanent basis for Shelby-Cleveland County. An all-time ticket sales record was set in 2013 in Shelby (104,000 plus tickets sold), surpassing the records already set in Shelby in 2011 and 2012.

  Mr. Holbrook’s honors and awards include: 2013 elected by American Legion National Office, consultant to National Americanism Commission; 2012 N.C. American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame; 2012 National Guard Peace and Freedom Award; 2011 Cleveland County Chamber Lifetime Achievement Award; 2010 Order of the Long Leaf Pine from North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue; 2008 Lions Club Citizen of the Year award; 2008 Duke Energy Award, and the Citizenship Service Award for Cleveland County. Eddie is in the Hall of Fame for Cleveland County, Gardner-Webb University and Lenoir-Rhyne University.