Gary McClure

Former APSU Baseball Coach Gary McClure Looks Forward to Watching Newberg in 2016

In 2015, former APSU baseball head coach Gary McClure signed Moline High School senior Brett Newberg to the Govs. McClure says he will continue to follow the athlete’s career from the sidelines and believes Newberg will work hard to refine his skills and grow as a fierce competitor in the coming season. Here, McClure shines some light on one of college baseball’s bright young stars that should make an impact right away.

Q: Who did Brett Newberg play for at Moline High School?

Gary McClure: Brett’s head coach was a man named Craig Schimmel. Schimmel was the assistant for 11 years prior to taking over for Derek Lindauer. He was a graduate of Moline HS himself, so he’s very invested in the team’s success. Moline is located on the Iowa Illinois line in an area known as the Quad Cities. The four cities that make up that area are all known for having excellents baseball traditions, and many players go on to play in college and even at the pro level. Brett is a very physical young man for his age, so i see him being a player that will have a chance to jump right into the program and make an immediate impact.

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Gary McClure

Gary McClure Comes Full Circle with Vanderbilt

Most people remember Gary McClure as the ever-on-top head coach for Clarksville’s APSU Governors. But the diehard baseball professional has one love even greater than the game: family. When his then-15 year old son Alex suddenly became ill, McClure turned to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Years later, Alex would once again meet his dad at Vandy, but as sports rivals.

Just before his sophomore year in high school, Alex McClure was “off.” He couldn’t quite pinpoint what was wrong, but he knew it was bad when his son missed a tournament game in Atlanta at the 15U WWBA tournament that he’d been looking forward to the entire summer. Gary McClure took his son to a  walk-in clinic in Marietta GA, hoping it was just a virus but fearing it may be something much worse. Unfortunately he was right. Alex’s blood glucose levels were dangerously high – over six times the normal level. Fearing for his son’s life, Gary McClure rushed the teen to Vanderbilt University in Nashville 3 hours away.

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