Eddie Giles-Buccaneer Servicemaster
By Wayne Wood
B.U.C.S.: Before Us, Comes Service are words which personify Eddie Giles. I first knew Eddie & his family back in the late 1980’s & early 1990’s when my father was the pastor of their church in the Sandusky community of Jefferson County. Those folks were “Salt of the Earth; Honest, Hard-Working People” who were use to serving others. It was easy to realize where Eddie received his background and more importantly, why.
He and his wife Susan had a son, Bryan, along with twin daughters, Anna & Amanda. I was blessed to see the kids grow up through the years to the adults they are today. Eddie & Susan are friends to so many. It’s fitting to just let Eddie give his perspective of his time with the Hoover Bucs Football Program.
“My involvement with the Hoover High School football program started with a phone call in July 2000 when the head athletic trainer, Brandon Shepard, called me to ask if I would like to help with transporting the athletic training equipment to and from football games. I was excited about the is the opportunity because of my son, Bryan, was a senior on the football team.”
“I was happy to help with no reservations. The 2000 football season was very successful because Hoover High School won its first state championship. I enjoyed celebrating this victory with my son at Legion Field, thinking that this feeling could not get any better.”
“After the 2000 football season, Brandon asked me to continue my involvement since my twin daughters (Amanda-student trainer and Anna-cheerleader) were beginning their freshman year at Hoover. Without any hesitation, I enthusiastically accepted to continue helping. Brandon more than likely knew I would be committed for another four years while my girls were in high school. We ‘3-Peated’ in the football state championship & won first runner-up during these four years. I made many memories with my girls and had a good time.”
“I could never express what being a member of the ‘BUC CREW’ means to me as I begin my 18th year of service. For example, I am honored that the football program has an annual award entitled, ‘The Eddie Giles BUC Award’ which has been given to one deserving player since 2009.”
“Many people have asked me over the years how long I will continue ‘hanging around’ the football program. The crew’s motto has always been the following: ‘We would try to do whatever we could so that the trainers & coaches could concentrate on the things they need to do!’ I will continue as long as I can best contribute my time to fulfill this motto.”
“I cannot express my appreciation enough to each & every person who has played a special role in my life over the years. They have truly become lifelong friends! First & foremost, I would like to thank my wife, Susan, and family for understanding my enjoyment & desire to continue my service to the football program.”
“I would also like to thank my friends & athletic trainers, Brandon Shepard, Pat Sawyer, Andrew Peterson, & David Beland. I am blessed to call you friends. Additionally, I would like to thank both head coaches through these years, Rush Propst & Josh Niblett, as well as former & current assistant coaches.”
“I must thank all the members of the BUC CREW: Don Williams, Jeff Wallace, Steve Milliron, Jim Moore, Mitch Moore, Jack Brymer, Mark Bodden & Jason Owens. Lastly, I appreciate all of Hoover High School’s administration and all of the ‘BUC NATION!’ Here’s to a few more years….at least! GO BUCS!”
We as the BUC NATION are indeed thankful to servants like Eddie Giles–who put the interests of others above their own.