Former coach, benefactor remembered

Lamar Hennon, the namesake for Western Carolina University’s baseball stadium and father of former Catamount head baseball coach Rodney Hennon ’93, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, after a battle with cancer. He was 78.

A scholarship baseball player at Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee, Lamar Hennon was a benefactor of numerous high school and university athletics programs. In addition to the facility at WCU, his name adorns the baseball stadium at LMU. After graduating from LMU, where he participated in the inaugural NAIA College World Series Tournament, he went into the carpeting business in 1962, launching Carpets of Dalton in 1971.

Rodney Hennon coached at WCU from 1994 until 1999, including serving as head coach from 1998 until 1999, and is currently head baseball coach at former Southern Conference rival Georgia Southern University.