Coach Eddie Adelman dies.  

Posted 3-8-2018.........


Edward Alfred Adelman- Beloved Coach & Teacher Cohn High School

ADELMAN, Edward Alfred, Sr. - On March 6, 2018, Edward Alfred Adelman joined his loving wife, Margaret Manning Adelman, and his parents, Edward Nickolas Adelman and Alfern Caldwell Porter in the presence of the Lord.

He was a wonderful, caring and true husband to Margaret as well as an incredible father to Catherine Adelman Hancock, Edward Alfred Adelman Jr., Francis Manning (Kelly) Adelman, and William Fraser (Lynn) Adelman. He dearly loved his ten grandchildren, William Caldwell (Elizabeth) Hancock, Jr., Robert Adelman Hancock, Thomas Manning Hancock, Mary Catherine Hancock (Taylor) Mitchell, Helen Davis Adelman (Rod) Roudi, Margaret McColl Adelman (Will) Curtiss, Francis Manning Adelman,Jr., Edward Grayson Adelman, Stephanie Lynn Adelman, Margaret Manning Adelman, and his six great grandchildren, Frank Callaway Hancock, Eleanor Adelman Hancock, Emma Bidwell Hancock, James Noble Curtiss, Thomas Wellington Curtiss, and Edward Kellers Mitchell, IV. He was admired greatly by his nieces and nephews, as well as many grand and great- grand nieces and nephews.

He served his country in the 82nd Airborne where he earned a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He graduated from Appalachian State University where he was the starting halfback on the football team. He then received his Master’s Degree at Peabody College and went to on to earn his PhD. at Vanderbilt University.

For over thirty 30 years he was a coach and principal in the Metro Public Schools including White’s Creek, Maplewood and Cohn High Schools. He was a communicant of St. Henry Catholic Church where he served on the Parish Council. He was a member of the Serra Club and the Knights of Columbus. He took communion weekly to the patients at the Veteran’s Hospital.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 11, 2018 from 5-7 PM with rosary recitation at 7 PM at St. Henry Catholic Church. Mass of Resurrection at St. Henry Catholic Church will be conducted at 11AM on Monday, March 12, 2018 with visitation commencing one hour prior to service time. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Burial will follow at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens.

Special thanks to the staffs at Mary, Queen of Angels and NHC at The Trace for their loving kindness. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson Street, Nashville, TN 37203.

Coach Eddie Adelman would have been 96 years of age this March 18th. Coach Adelman came to Cohn High in the fall of 1948. For the next twelve years Coach Adelman was the head coach in football, basketball and baseball. His 1952 and 1959 football teams went to bowl games and were victorious in both. His1958 basketball team went to the State tournament ( won first game but lost in quarter-finals by one point ). The 1981 basketball team was the only other Cohn basketball team to make it to the State tournament. His 1955 baseball team was the only Cohn baseball team to make it to the State tournament.

Below is some information about Coach Adelman that you may not know. As a 22 year old in 1944 Coach Eddie Adelman was heavily involved in D-Day and serving with the 82nd Airborne Division. In the early hours of June 6th he and another 115 paratroopers in his unit parachuted behind German lines over the French countryside approximately 10 miles from the beaches of Normandy. Only 30 of the 116 men survived this jump. Other parachute units had even worse survival rates. Coach Adelman’s unit went on to blow up vital bridges and trains that delayed supplies from reaching the German front lines and generally harassing the enemy from behind before finally linking up with other allied soldiers four or five days later. Overall 17,000 paratroopers participated in the grand invasion that allowed 150,000 American and allied troops to storm the beaches in Normandy to liberate Europe and defeat Adolf Hitler.