Steve Eddie was a four-sport athlete at Albert City-Truesdale, graduating in 1989.
He had 750 points in basketball as a senior, leading the state in scoring and twice tallying 50 or more in a game. He finished his career with 1,845.
After that, the focus became baseball. Eddie, a shortstop, went on to play at Iowa, where he was part of the 1990 Big Ten championship squad. He worked his way into the starting lineup by the time he was a senior.
He was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 33rd round of the Major League draft.
Eddie went on to an extensive minor league career: Seven seasons, from rookie level to AAA.
He then took the head coaching job at Buena Vista, where he helped the team reach the NCAA College World Series in 2011.
He’s now married with two boys and lives in Storm Lake.
What did you learn while playing pro baseball?
“I had a lot of preparing myself mentally for playing so many games in so many days. I was not a big prospect, I had to work hard for everything I got. I had to do whatever they asked. I got to really learn and appreciate the game. I really became a student of the game.”
What pro teammates impressed you?
“Paul Bako, Jason LaRue and Chris Sexton were all guys that made it to the majors. They took care of themselves off the field. They appreciated where they’re at. Also, Casey Blake and Mike Mahoney, those Iowa guys. We all kind of cheered for each other. Bo Porter, too.”
What was it like to take Buena Vista to the World Series?
“It was unbelieveable. When we were at the World Series, it was streamed online. I heard from so many people. All those text messages, it must have taken me through July to take care of all of them.
What’s the most important thing you learned that you’re now teaching to others?
“You just can’t corners. You’ve got to go out and outwork people.”
— John Naughton