Nate Hirsch passes away at 68

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Chris Smith

Nate Hirsch, the original “Voice of the Georgia Southern Eagles” passed away on August 28.

Hirsch came to Statesboro in 1970, where he accepted a job with the GS radio station. This is where he got the chance to cover every sport in GS athletics.

Along his prestigious career, Hirsch turned out to be one of the most decorated sports broadcasters in the state of Georgia. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame on four different occasions. Hirsch is a member of four Hall’s of Fame; the Georgia Radio, Statesboro High, Georgia Southern Baseball and Georgia Southern Athletics Hall of Fame.

Hirsch played a huge role in broadcasting nearly all of Southern’s greatest sports moments. He had the opportunity to call six of GS NCAA I-AA national championship victories. In 1973, Hirsch started broadcasting for the GS baseball team, including their trip to the College Baseball World Series. For Basketball, Hirsch was able to broadcast their games when they made it to the March Madness tournament.

When it comes to broadcasting and GS athletics, Hirsch will be greatly missed. He will go down as one of the greatest Eagles to step foot on this campus. His achievements will live on forever in GS history.

The funeral service for Hirsch was on Sep. 1 and was attended by GS football head coach Tyson Summers and many GS alumni.