Herb Appenzeller  2010

           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.


* Joby Hawn  1993

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…]


* Wilburn Clary  1998

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…]


Alan White  2007

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  2008

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…]


Bill Hensley  2008

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…]


* C.P. Erickson  1992

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…]


* Jim Weaver  1971

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…]


* Eddie Cameron  1969

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…]


* L.J. “Hap” Perry  1992

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…]


* Fred McCall, Jr.  1994

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…]


Deborah A. Yow-Bowden  2006

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…]


* Simon Terrell  2006

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…]


Gerald Austin  2007

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…]


Charlie Bryant  2006

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…]


Charlie Adams  2006

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…]


* Carl James  2000

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…]


* James Lytle  1993

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…]


* Dave Harris  1993

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…]


Gene Hooks  1999

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…]


John Swofford  2009

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…]


* John Henry Moss  2004

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…]