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Conference room to bear E.W. "Wink" Midgett's name

Room in Hall of Fame gets major upgrade thanks to son, Don's, donation

June 14, 2010 · Athletic Communications

Former professor, author, historian, and head coach, E.W. "Wink" Midgett has been honored by Middle Tennessee State University for his role in Blue Raider Athletics in the years surrounding World War II by having the conference room in the Rose and Emmett Kennon Hall of Fame named in his honor.

A generous donation from Midgett's son, Don Midgett, has provided financing for a major upgrade in the conference room. It includes state of the art chairs and a conference table with hidden computer outlets and controls for videos and televisions in the room.

"On behalf of the Midgett family, I am happy to honor my father and his many coaching accomplishments at Middle Tennessee State University," said Midgett.

Midgett, who coached football and basketball at Middle Tennessee before and after World War II, began his coaching career in 1939 when he took the reins of the men's basketball program. In 1940, he began coaching the Blue Raider football team, bringing them up to a 4-4 record, and a 6-0 win over rival Tennessee Tech after two previous seasons that had netted a total of just three wins.

Midgett's teams posted winning records of 4-3-1 in 1941, 4-2-1 in 1942, despite losing many players to WWII, and he concluded his football coaching career in 1946 with a 5-3-1 mark. Football was suspended during 1943 through 1945 because of the war.

Perhaps his greatest accomplishment, at least in terms of long-range success, came in 1939 when he formed and coached the very first Middle Tennessee golf team. Members of that team included Blue Raider Hall of Famers John Bragg, Jimmy Jackson, E.K. Patty, and Gene McIntire.

Success in the Blue Raider golf program included a national championship in 1965, and multiple conference titles and NCAA tournament appearances. Midgett's son, Dan, was a member of that 1965 team.

"We want to thank Don and Carolyn Midgett for their generous donation to the Middle Tennessee athletic program on behalf of Don's father, Coach E.W. (Wink) Midgett," said Chris Massaro, Director of Athletics. "Coach Midgett was a very successful coach in a very trying time for our university.

"This donation will allow us to upgrade what is already one of the finest facilities on our campus, the Rose and Emmett Kennon Blue Raider Hall of Fame."

After his coaching career, Midgett taught in the Business Department at Middle Tennessee, again excelling in his area of expertise. He taught accounting for many years, wrote the definitive textbook on the subject, and has an annual scholarship given in his name in accounting. Midgett also has had a classroom building named for him, as well as a room in the Honors College.

Midgett was also the author of Corkus, a collection of anecdotes, mostly sports, from the middle Tennessee area. He and his wife, Nell, were among the co-founders of the Stones River Country Club following World War II.

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