From his days as a high school football coach to his many years as a director of athletics programs at the local, state and national levels, Jerry McGee has devoted his life to improving athletic experiences for tens of thousands of high school student-athletes. McGee began his illustrious professional career at John Holmes High School in Edenton, where he was the school’s football coach and athletics director.
In 1966, McGee embarked on a new chapter in his life, that of an assistant college football coach. He began at Kansas State University and stints at Southern Illinois University and East Carolina University soon followed. In 1971, he returned to his alma mater, Duke University, as the Blue Devils’ defensive coordinator. It reconnected him, work-wise, with his twin brother, Mike, then the school’s head coach. Both also had played football at Duke.
Five years later, McGee returned to Elizabeth City, where he had graduated from high school, to become the football coach and athletics director at Northeastern High School. In 1981, he was appointed director of athletics and physical education for Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public School System and served in that position for 16 years. During his tenure at Elizabeth City-Pasquotank, McGee added additional duties to his plate in a role as executive director of the North Carolina Athletic Directors Association (NCADA) – a position in which he has served since 1991.
Perhaps McGee’s greatest contribution to athletics administration came in 2002 when he started the National Executive Directors Council (NEDC). As founder and chairman of the NEDC, McGee’s vision was to bring together leaders of athletics directors’ groups from across the country. The NEDC, through more than a decade of McGee’s leadership, has been transformed into a thriving national organization.
McGee, who’s earned his classification as a certified athletic administrator (CAA), served on the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) and North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) board of directors for many years, working closely with Charlie Adams, the longtime executive director with whom he developed a long-lasting relationship. “I believe that Jerry has done more on behalf of high school athletics than anyone in the state of North Carolina,” Adams has said. “His influence and impact has been felt in so many ways.”
McGee has received a myriad number of national and state honors, including induction into the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), NIAAA, NCADA and NCHSAA halls of fame. He has also been a recipient of The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina’s highest civilian honor.
He continues to reside in Elizabeth City with his wife, Patsy. They are the proud parents of four children plus their children’s spouses – Jerry Jr. (Alden), Michele (Mike), Patricia (Rey), and Chris (Celina) – in addition to 11 grandchildren.
Frank Weedon was born May 11, 1931, in Washington, D.C., and was a 1954 graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in journalism. He spent two years as the sports information director at Lehigh University and three years in the U.S. Army as a European counter-intelligence officer, stationed in Stuttgart, Germany. He came to N.C. State on June 1, 1960, and established deep roots in Raleigh in a profession that is notorious for its nomadic nature.
As N.C. State’s sports information director for 12 years, Weedon promoted the accomplishments of Wolfpack stars in all sports. Inspired by what he thought was biased coverage on local airwaves, Weedon put together the first Wolfpack Radio Network to broadcast N.C. State football and men’s basketball games.
After moving into athletics administration in 1971 as Willis Casey’s only assistant director, Weedon was on the hiring committees for coaches the likes of Lou Holtz, Kay Yow, Bo Rein, Jim Valvano and Dick Sheridan. He taught them all how to bleed Wolfpack red.
His proudest professional moment came in 1982 when he accepted on behalf of legendary basketball coach Everett Case a posthumous induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.
Married in 1989 to the former Janice Bunn Nixon, long after Weedon had made generations of Wolfpack athletes his family, he was the most familiar face in the athletics department. He and Janice probably attended more N.C. State events – athletic, cultural and academic – than any couple in the 125-year history of the institution. Although he officially retired in 1996, Weedon still showed up every morning for the next 15 years as a senior associate athletics director emeritus to serve as N.C. State athletics’ unofficial historian and walking anecdote mill.
Weedon did a bit of everything during his tenure at N.C. State. He was the media director for the final Dixie Classic and for a half-dozen ACC Tournaments played at Reynolds Coliseum. He was the official scorer for the 1966 Final Four, when Texas Western shocked Kentucky for the national championship. And he was with the Wolfpack when it won the 1974 and 1983 national titles. He was tournament manager for five NCAA men’s basketball tournaments at Reynolds Coliseum and served as chair of the ACC wrestling, tennis, soccer, women’s basketball and men’s swimming committees.
His association with N.C. State went beyond athletics. He was a perennial member of the “Friends of the College” concert series and committee member for the fundraising efforts to restore both Thompson Theater and Reynolds Coliseum. North Carolina Gov. James B. Hunt presented him with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in 1996. A year later, he received the N.C. State Alumni Association’s Award of Merit.
He served the community as president of the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame and the Bill Dooley/Triangle East Chapter of the National Football Foundation. In 2008, he received the Marvin “Skeeter” Francis Award from the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association in recognition of notable achievement and service to the media covering ACC sports.
In nearly 40 years at Guilford College, Dr. Herb Appenzeller worked as a professor and administrator and produced countless scholars, athletes and leaders in their fields. Guilford’s Jefferson-Pilot professor of sport studies emeritus, served as a professor, coach, and, for 31 years, as the Quakers’ athletic director. During his tenure, Guilford captured national titles in men’s basketball (1973) and women’s tennis (1981). It was Appenzeller’s vision that provided the impetus for the college to create one of the nation’s first majors in sport management in the early 1980s. At the time, there were roughly 20 such programs across the nation, and Guilford’s was one of the first anywhere with a focus at the undergraduate level. A nationally respected author, having written 21 books, he is considered the “Father of Sport Law and Risk Management.” His first book was From The Gym To The Jury, identified as the first sport law book, that also resulted in a newsletter by the same name. The game field of Guilford’s Armfield Athletic Center was renamed Herb Appenzeller Field. Appenzeller is a member of eight sport halls of fame.
White retired in 2005 after 27 years as Elon University athletic director. He led Elon from NAIA membership through NCAA Division II status to its current NCAA Division I affiliation with the Southern Conference. Elon teams have won 12 conference Excellence Awards and four national championships under his leadership. A 1962 graduate of Wake Forest University, he was an All-ACC halfback and the conference’s leading rusher in 1961. [more…]
Tom Butters enjoyed a prominent career in intercollegiate athletics while serving as the director of athletics at Duke University for two decades. A graduate of Ohio Wesleyan and a former professional baseball pitcher, Butters came to Duke in 1967 as director of special events. He coached the Blue Devils’ baseball team from 1968-70 and worked in several other administrative capacities before his appointment as director of athletics in 1977. By the team he retired in 1998, he had left a firm imprint on the university by raising millions of dollars to improve facilities, by instituting a scholarship endowment program that has been emulated elsewhere and by directing his department to a high level of national distinction based upon a philosophy of excellence with integrity. [more…]
Co-founder of NC Sports Hall of Fame who served as sports information director at Wake Forest University and NC State University, where 12 players earned All-America honors. Hensley established his own public relations firm 30 years ago and has coordinated media and promotions for 20 major golf tournaments, including five US Opens. He founded the North Carolina Golf Panel that rates golf courses throughout the state. [more…]
High school coach and athletic administrator in Winston-Salem. Ranked as one of top college football officials. Worked several major bowl games. First supervisor of ACC football officials and first commissioner of the Carolinas Conference. [more…]
Coach, football official and administrator for 55 years. Regarded as one of the nation’s foremost experts on football rules. Had a 39-game football win streak at Methodist Children’s Home in Winston-Salem. Executive Secretary of the Western NC High School Athletic Association. [more…]
His 43-year career at Duke included successful coaching stints in football and basketball and 22 years as athletic director. Had a 226-99 basketball record. College Football HOF member as a Washington & Lee fullback. Helped found the ACC. [more…]
Connected with UNC-Chapel Hill athletics for 45 years serving as football and golf coach, graduate manager of athletics, fund raiser, scout and recruiter who became athletic director in 1951, a job he held for 16 years. Recipient Helms HOF Award in 1970. [more…]
First commissioner of Atlantic Coast Conference, serving 16 years, after a 17-year career as Wake Forest athletic director. Was Arnold Palmer’s college golf coach. Also was an outstanding all-around athlete at Emory & Henry and Centenary. [more…]
Coached Reidsville High School to eight state football titles in 19 seasons. Won 16 letters in three sports at Elon in 1920s. First full-time executive director of N.C. High School Athletic Association. Member NCHSAA HOF. [more…]
A three-sport star at Lenoir Rhyne. Played pro baseball before becoming basketball coach and athletic director at Campbell for 16 years. Invented the popular McCall Rebound machine and founded nationally known Campbell Summer Basketball Camp. Member Lenoir Rhyne HOF. [more…]
Austin is working his 25th year as an NFL official (referee since 1990) and has received a post-season assignment every year, including three Super Bowls. The former ACC official also serves as coordinator of officials for Conference USA. An Asheville native, Austin retired from public school administration. He is a graduate of Western Carolina and holds a doctorate from UNC-Greensboro. [more…]
The Cary resident’s athletic career spanned nearly 50 years from a High Point High School basketball star on the 1950 state championship team to executive director for the Wolfpack Club at NC State upon his retirement in 1997. He also spent several years as a successful college assistant basketball coach for teams that won a combined total of nine ACC championships. He was a member of Bones McKinney’s staff at Wake Forest when the Deacons won the 3rd place NCAA trophy. Bryant also worked with Everett Case and Press Maravich at NC State University. [more…]
Since 1984 Adams has led the North Carolina High School Athletic Association and molded the organization into one that is used as a national model. Following an outstanding high school athletic career in his native Cary, he played basketball at East Carolina University. He returned to Cary High School as a coach. He joined the NCHSAA as assistant director in 1967. [more…]
The Gibsonville native has spent the past 16 years leading the athletic program at the University of Maryland to sixteentwenty NCAA national championships, while Terrapin athletes earned degrees at an enviable rate. Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal called Yow one of the 20 most influential people in intercollegiate athletics. Prior to becoming Maryland’s Director of Athletics, Yow served in the same position at St. Louis University. Earlier she was a successful women’s basketball coach at Kentucky and Florida. Yow became the Director of Athletics at NC State University on July 15, 2010. [more…]
During his tenure as executive director of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association from 1967-1984, Terrell guided the mergers of both black and western schools with the NCHSAA. By 1975 the state’s high school athletes were playing for single state championships in all sports. Girls sports also gained statewide recognition under Terrell’s leadership. The Warrenton native was also a highly successful coach, leading Cary to a state basketball title in 1954. He died last August. [more…]
An outstanding athlete at Statesville High who starred in football at Wake Forest before embarking on a great career in high school coaching and administration in Charlotte. Named top high school athletic director in America in 1977. [more…]
A 50-year career in athletics included 24 years as an administrator at Duke, where he earned 7 letters in football and track as a player. Served as executive director of the Sugar Bowl and was Big Eight Conference Commissioner from 1980-1996. [more…]
Starred in football, basketball and baseball at Shaw University where he was all-star performer at end. Later coached his alma mater to a national football title in 1947. Athletic Director at Shaw for more than 40 years. Member of CIAA HOF. [more…]
Most of Wake Forest’s modern athletic plant was constructed during his 28 year tenure as Athletic Director. Rocky Mount native was Deacons baseball All-America i 1949 and 1950. On campus baseball stadium, built in 1988, is named for him. [more…]
Now in his 12th year as ACC Commissioner, John Swofford has made a dramatic impact on the Atlantic Coast Conference, the University of North Carolina and college athletics during his career. He assumed his role as the fourth full-time commissioner in July of 1997, and in addition to overseeing one of the nation’s largest athletic conferences, he has been pivotal in positioning the league for the future.Prior to becoming Commissioner, Swofford was the Director of Athletics at the University of North Carolina for 17 years and was instrumental in building the athletics department into one of the country’s most respected programs. [more…]
As President of the Western Carolina and South Atlantic baseball leagues, John Henry Moss, of Kings Mountain, brought baseball to more North Carolina towns, cities, and burgs than anyone ever. At one time or another, his league has encompassed twenty-four Tar Heel towns. [more…]