TIGERVILLE, SC--Lindenwood University inducted a North Greenville University coach into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 20, 2007.
Lindenwood, which is located in St. Charles, Mo., 25 miles west of St. Louis, chose Coach Tim Nihart and 17 other former players from the 41 teams that make up the university's athletic department.
Out of the 18 chosen from the various sports, Nihart represented the baseball team.
Various aspects contributed to Lindenwood's invitation for Nihart to be one the first inducted into the Hall of Fame.
"I was a very disciplined player, a very disciplined student athlete, and really didn't get involved with anything other than staying focused on being a student athlete," Nihart said.
Nihart was a first team all-American and played professional baseball. Along with his success, Nihart was also a leader on campus.
Lindenwood scheduled events all weekend from Thursday, Oct. 18, to Saturday, Oct. 20, for those who were inducted as well as for others present. The President of Lindenwood and other prominent officials in Missouri made an appearance. Also, Nihart reconnected with some of his friends who had played baseball with him.
"Several of my buddies that played with me came," Nihart said.
Meals and presentations filled the weekend. After a special breakfast Saturday morning, the inductees were honored during the football game's half-time.
"For me, it's amazing that the Lord gives you special moments-like this past weekend-to encourage you along life's journey," Nihart said.
The induction service was Saturday night at 6 p.m. Nihart spoke about God's work throughout his life as part of his acceptance speech.
Throughout the duration of his stay in Missouri, Nihart experienced a flood of memories from his college days.
"It was a good weekend to spend some time going down memory lane," Nihart said.
Nihart said he remembered where he was ten years ago and thought about how far God has brought him. He recognized "more clearly" the things God used to bring him to this place in his life, and he saw "how all the dots connected ten years later."
"The Lord really used Lindenwood as a foundation to connect me to who I am today," said Nihart.