Eckerd College is a private, 4-year school located in St. Petersburg, FL, on the Gulf Coast near Tampa and Clearwater. The school was founded in 1958 as Florida Presbyterian College and maintains a covenant relationship with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The 188 acre campus is set along Tampa Bay and takes advantage of its picturesque location with open spaces and glass-heavy buildings. The campus beach is a popular spot among students where the Gulf breezes and clear water can be enjoyed. Due to its close proximity to several Spring Training facilities, many alumni are associated with professional baseball – including Steve Balboni, Bill Evers and Joe Lefebvre.