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Featured Alumni Profile (June 2017)      

Alumnus of the Month, Eric L. Brent

Alumnus of June 2017Our alumnus of the month of June is Lane Man Eric L. Brent, a native of Covington, Tennessee. He is a 1997 graduate of Covington High School. Mr. Brent was more than just a triathlete at his high school, all four years he played football, basketball, baseball and track. He became a standout scholar athlete and demonstrated the characteristics of a productive and proactive student. He gives credit to his mentor, Pastor Darrell K. Rozell, for pointing him in the direction of Jackson, Tennessee.

With education being of utmost importance, Mr. Brent enrolled in Lane College. In 2001, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science. He followed in the footsteps of both his parents, Lane Man James "Snow" Howard and Lane Lady Linda Brent. Some of his fondest memories include attending weekly chapel assemblies moderated by the late illustrious 9th President Dr. Wesley Cornelious McClure. He also enjoyed walks by the Pond at the Plain where he had deep mediation about his matriculation at the college.

Mr. Brent also gives great credit to Mrs. Sherre (Peggy) McClain, former Teacher Education Instructor at Lane College. She inspired him to pursue the path of education and to go out on a limb and share the fruit with others. Mrs. McClain's words still resonate and are the corner stone of his career… that "Teachers are born and not made!"

During his time at Lane, Mr. Brent participated in Football, Baseball, and Track. He also became an ALL- SIAC Football Player. He served as the captain of the Football team, President of the Symposium Team, Mr. Homecoming 2000, and a proud 1999 initiate of the Kappa Sigma chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. As a student, he spent many days volunteering at Toys for Tots, the American Red Cross, and the Boys and Girls Club. Lane College taught Mr. Brent the importance of being impactful upon his community.

His college classmate, Shaune Waller, a member of the Class of 2000, stated "I met Coach Eric "Massive" Brent on the campus of Lane College in 1997. From that time to now, he has always been a 100% authentic gentleman. Whether you find him hanging with his fraternity brothers of Kappa Sig or Sigma Lambda Lambda, mentoring one of his student athletes, or just out among his friends/peers, he's always polite, ensuring that everyone is included and feels welcomed, and willing to offer a helping hand wherever he's needed, especially to our beloved Lane College."

After leaving Lane, Eric was selected by the Memphis Xplorers of the Arena Football League and went on to have a great Minor Professional Football career with the Memphis Panthers where he still holds records for touchdowns, receptions, and yards. In 2015, Eric was inducted into the Semi-Pro Hall of Fame for his contributions on and off the field.

In 2006, Eric earned a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University. Currently, he is entering into his fifteenth year of education and will serve as an administrator in the Shelby County School System. He has served as the head track and basketball Coach and also coached football at Overton High School in Memphis, Tennessee. One of his greatest professional accomplishments was to serve as a coach to the AAA State Champions Hamilton High School during an undefeated 39-0 season alongside the great Keelon Lawson.

Mr. Brent enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He attends Grace Church under the leadership of Pastor Oliver Williams. He holds the position of Reclamation Chairman for Sigma Lambda Lambda chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, is the founder of a mentoring organization for youth. Team M.A.S.S.I.V.E. is an acronym for Making Academic Strides So I Value Education. Most importantly, Eric's favorite scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

We thank Lane Man Brent for always giving his, time, effort, and resources to Lane College and for making the appeal for others to do the same!

You may salute Lane Man Eric Brent at ericbrent37@hotmail.com


Tori Haliburton

Director of Alumni Affairs

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