Star athlete. Championship coach. Renowned author. Community leader.
At Edenton High Tolley earned 15 letters, made Honorable Mention All-America in football, set several state records, and was voted Most Outstanding Player on the 1960 State championship team.
He continued starring in track and football at East Carolina, setting nine school records in the latter sport.
As Elon’s head coach, Tolley won two national titles, compiled a 49-11-2 record and is believed to own the highest winning percentage (80.6) in North Carolina collegiate football lore. He’s also the only person in Elon’s 120-year history honored with coach emeritus status.
As an author, Tolley produced six books which have sold in every state and 25 countries.
He also is a four-term Mayor of Elon, the longest serving mayor in the town’s 117-year history. [more…]
A native of Wallace who excelled as a multi-sport star at Wallace-Rose Hill High School, M.L. Carr was one of the greatest basketball players in Guilford College history [more…]
A long-time captain of the United States Women’s National Team and standout at the University of North Carolina, Carla Overbeck is one of the most successful women’s soccer players in U.S. history.
Overbeck was a member of three U.S. World Cup teams, two Olympic squads and one Goodwill Games. She was instrumental in leading the U.S. to the 1999 World Cup title.
She played on the 2000 Olympic team, gold medal USA squad at the Goodwill Games in 1998, the gold medal team at the 1996 Olympics and led the U.S. to a 1991 World Cup title.
An All-America at UNC, Overbeck won four National Championships. Overbeck is currently an assistant coach on the Duke women’s soccer staff where she recently completed her 18th season. [more…]
As a professional water skier for more than 20 years and the world-record holder in women’s slalom for 18 years, Kristi Overton Johnson has taken to the waters of the world with passion, perseverance and a desire to impact the world of water skiing. [more…]
Mike Quick was born in Hamlet, North Carolina, the youngest boy of Mary Quick’s nine children. A gifted athlete, he excelled at football, basketball and track at Richmond Senior High School in Richmond County, NC and earned a football scholarship to North Carolina State. The first round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1982 draft, Quick spent his entire NFL career – nine seasons – with the Eagles. Over five consecutive seasons (1983-87), he caught more touchdown passes (53) than any other NFL player; was ranked third in yardage and voted to the Pro Bowl five times. Retired since 1991, Quick is a color analyst for Eagles radio, an avid golfer and active in the community. He is the father of 18-year-old twin sons. [more…]
The head field hockey coach at the University of North Carolina since 1981, Karen Shelton has led UNC to national prominence in the form of six NCAA Championships, six NCAA runner-up finishes and more than a dozen Atlantic Coast Conference titles.
A member of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame, Shelton was a three-time national player of the year at West Chester State and helped the U.S. team to a bronze medal at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. [more…]
Around the golfing community, Raleigh’s Paul Simson is recognized by two prominent trademarks — his straw fedora and championship trophies. With a sharp short game and competitive fire, the 58-year old insurance executive has won about 200 titles. They include 20 Carolinas Golf Association crowns, two North-South amateurs, three North-South Senior Amateurs and two British Senior Amateurs. No wonder folks call “Champ.” His success in the North-South placed him on the Wall of Fame in Pinehurst, along with famous names like Jack Nicklaus, Curtis Strange and Davis Love III. Simson, an All-America one season at New Mexico, competed on the professional mini tour for a short stint after college. He regained amateur status in 1978, but still plays like a pro. [more…]
One of North Carolina’s most celebrated athletes, Jim Donnan’s youth was spent in Asheville and Burlington where he excelled on the state level in football, basketball, tennis and table tennis. His stellar career at N.C. State brought many honors: ACC Player-of-the-Year, 1967 Liberty Bowl MVP, H.C. Kennett Outstanding Student-Athlete Award, and ACC All-Academic Team in 1966-67. Donnan was inducted into the Alamance Hall of Fame in 2008. After working in several collegiate programs including Oklahoma, Donnan became head coach in 1990 for Marshall winning the 1992 national title and the 1994 Southern Conference Championship. As Head Coach at Georgia from 1995-2000, he is credited for bringing the Bulldogs back to the upper echelon of the SEC. Donnan received numerous career coaching honors: Division I-AA Coach of the Year in 1992 and 1995, and SEC Coach of the Year in 1997, and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009. He continues to contribute to the game as a sought-after radio and television commentator. [more…]
The Newton-Conover, N.C., native earned his first NASCAR Cup Series victory in August 1991 at Michigan International Speedway in a car owned by the famed Wood Brothers. Jarrett captured 3 Daytona 500 victories in his career. In his career Jarrett won a total of 32 Cup races. Dale Jarrett won the NASCAR Cup Championship in 1999.
Born the son of NASCAR legend, Ned Jarrett, Dale’s path to NASCAR stardom appeared inevitable, as a passion for racing fueled Jarrett’s ambition early in his career. If not for his desire to race cars, Jarrett’s career easily could have detoured down the path of another sport. Jarrett was star athlete at Newton-Conover High School, excelling in football, basketball, baseball and golf. [more…]
In 20 seasons at Appalachian, head coach Jerry Moore has compiled a 178-73 record, making him the winningest coach in Southern Conference history. In 27 years as a head coach, he is 205-121-2, making him one of only four active NCAA Division I FCS head coaches with 200 career victories and 23rd among all NCAA Division I coaches (FCS or FBS) in all-time victories. Moore led Appalachian to three-consecutive NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS — formerly Division I-AA) national titles from 2005-07. He also led ASU to its fourth-straight SoCon title with a perfect 8-0 conference record in 2008, marking just the fourth time in the 76-year history of the venerable league that a team has won four championships in a row. [more…]
Roger Watson’s golf career highlights were victories in the 1974 and 1975 PGA Club Professional Championships. The 1974 tournament at Pinehurst # 2 ended with a playoff win over Sam Snead and was voted as the Carolinas Golf Sportswriters’ best story of the year. He won the 1969 N.C. Open, 1975 and 1976 Carolinas PGA Championships, and was voted the Carolinas Section Player of the Year both years. In 1975 and 1976, Roger was a member of the U.S. PGA Cup Team (club pro version of the Ryder Cup). In 1997, he was inducted into the Carolinas PGA Hall of Fame and the N.C. Sportswriters Hall of Fame. As a businessman, he has founded five successful golf partnerships and developed some of the finest courses in N.C. His current company, Carolinas Golf Group, has 7 facilities under its management umbrella. [more…]
Dave Odom, a native of Goldsboro, spent 43 years in coaching, 29 in North Carolina in the high school and college ranks. In 22 years as a head basketball coach at East Carolina, Wake Forest and South Carolina, Odom won 406 games. The 1965 graduate of Guilford College, where he played football and basketball, was the 1995 national coach of the year and three-time ACC coach of the year. His teams won 20 or more games 10 times, made nine trips to the NCAA Tournament and six to the NIT, with Wake Forest in 2000 and South Carolina in 2005 and 2006 winning NIT titles. His Wake Forest teams of 1995 and 1996 won ACC Tournament titles, the school’s first ACC championships since 1962. [more…]
After more than 1,000 career games and more than three decades of coaching, it stands to reason that North Carolina head coach Sylvia Hatchell would belong to some exclusive clubs. She was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2013. She is one of only four head coaches in Division I history to reach the 800-win plateau. While Hatchell keeps impressive company in many categories, she is also part of an exclusive club that features just one member. When UNC defeated Louisiana Tech to win the 1994 NCAA Championship, Hatchell became the first and only coach to lead teams to national championships at the AIAW, NAIA and NCAA levels. Those titles – the first two coming at Francis Marion – are the crown jewels in one of the most decorated coaching careers in women’s basketball history. [more…]
North Carolina’s Don McCauley led the ACC in rushing in 1969 and 1970 and was the league’s Player of the Year both seasons.
As a senior in 1970 he ran for 1,720 yards, breaking the NCAA single-season record. He led the nation in all-purpose running, touchdowns and points. He became the first ACC running back to be named a consensus All-America.
He saved his greatest performance for his last game in Kenan Stadium, rushing for 279 yards and scoring five touchdowns in a 59-34 win over Duke.
McCauley is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. He was an easy choice for the ACC’s Silver Anniversary team.
He was a first-round NFL draft choice and had an 11-year career with the Baltimore Colts.
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.
Ricky Proehl is the owner of Proehlific Park, a family sports complex in Greensboro, NC. The complex for families is a way for Ricky to have a positive influence on the lives of young men and women. Ricky is likely best known for all of his achievements in football. He is a Wake Forest graduate and still holds the school’s records for receiving yards and touchdowns. After college Ricky played 17 years in the NFL. One of his most memorable moments was catching the winning touchdown at the NFC championship game sending the Rams to Super Bowl XXXIV. Proehl played in 4 Super Bowls winning two; one with the Rams and the other with the Colts. Ricky Proehl was born in the Bronx, NY. [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…]
Frazier spent 40 years as baseball coach at Louisburg College where his teams won over 72% of their games (1,034-390). His teams made nine trips to the NJCAA World Series. He won 20 conference titles, 12 regional championships, and nine district titles. Twelve of his players went on to play in the major leagues. [more…]
In 1974 Huff was a 1st Team All-ACC and Consensus All-American Offensive Lineman at UNC. He won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, Jim Tatum Medal, two time recipient of the Bill Arnold Award, Captain of the College All-Stars and came in 2nd for the Outland Trophy Award. Huff lead UNC to an 11-1 Atlantic Coast Conference championship and set school total offense records. In 1975 he earned a degree in Psychology and was the 3rd pick in the first round of the NFL draft. Huff played 11 years in the NFL and was one of the “Hogs” with the Redskins in the 1983 Super Bowl. [more…]
He played in 4 post-season all-star games. He played in the AFL with San Diego and led the league in interceptions in 1962. With Oakland he led the AFL in punt returns in ’63 and ’64. His college coaching career started with NC State in 1967 as defensive backs coach; three years as head coach at Tulsa; and 10 years as head coach at Mars Hill College. [more…]
A native of Marion, Roy Williams was named the head men’s basketball coach at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina, on April 14, 2003, after a wildly successful stint at Kansas. He led the Tar Heels to national titles in 2005 and 2009.
The 1972 Carolina graduate, who served as an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2004 Olympics, joined the Tar Heels after leading Kansas to back-to-back appearances in the Final Four. Prior to taking the Jayhawks’ head coaching position in 1988, he served as an assistant coach under Dean Smith.
On April 2, 2007, Williams was named to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 2007.
Hardison, a Newton Grove native, was the first UNC defensive player who was not a two-way performer to earn 1st team All-America honors. In 1977 he led the Tar Heels to the number one scoring defense ranking (7.4 ppg), allowing just 10 TD’s in eleven games. Hardison started every game during his three year UNC career. He had a 10-year career in the NFL with Bills, Giants, Chargers, and Chiefs. [more…]
Willie Burden was a product of Raleigh’s Enloe High School and North Carolina State. As a star running back for the Wolfpack, he became one of the school’s leading ground gainers in history and was named ACC Player of the Year in 1973.
Turning down draft opportunities with both the Detroit Lions and the Portland Storm of the defunct World Football League, Burden took his talents to Canada and became one of the CFL’s all-time football stars. He carried the ball for 6,234 yards in his career with the Calgary Stampeders, including 1,896 in 1975 when he became the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player. He was chosen as one of the league’s 50 greatest stars and is a member of the CFL’s Hall of Fame.
Burden’s star began to rise when he starred as a running back at Enloe, then stayed at N.C. State. For three seasons, from 1971 through 1973, he was among the best running backs ever produced by the Atlantic Coast Conference finishing his collegiate career with 2,529 and picking up the ACC’s Player of the Year award in 1973.
He died in December 2015.
The Elon resident began his baseball managing career in 1955 in Fayetteville and ended it in October 2005 when he retired as manager of the Florida Marlins. He led Marlins to the 2003 World Series title at age of 74. He won 1,146 games as a minor league manager, then had stints in the majors with Kansas City, Oakland, and Cincinnati. He was called “Trader Jack” while the VP for baseball operations in San Diego (1980-90). [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…]
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…]
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…]
Guilford College’s most decorated coach, Jack Jensen has directed four of the Quakers’ five national championship teams. His 2005 and 2002 golf teams won the NCAA Division III title and the 1989 team won the NAIA crown. The 1989 team included Lee Porter, who played six years on the PGA Tour. Jensen also won 386 games in 29 seasons as the Quakers’ head men’s basketball coach and took the 1972-73 squad to the NAIA national championship, Guilford’s first in any sport. The team featured future NBA players M.L. Carr, World B. Free and Greg Jackson. Jensen was the second person to coach two different sports to NAIA national titles. [more…]
Legendary Wake Forest football coach 1936-50, leading Deacons to 77-51-6 record. Coached Montreal of Canadian Football League, winning three division titles. Also coached at Elon, Yale and was New York Giants scout. [more…]
One of the truly magical dribblers and shooters in basketball history, Fred “Curly” Neal embraced the imagination of fans all over the world, playing in more than 6,000 games in 97 countries as a key member of the World Famous Harlem Globetrotters. Number 22 played for 22 seasons in the red, white and blue, from 1963 to 1985.“Curly’s” became just the fifth Globetrotter to have his jersey number retired by the team on Feb. 15, 2008. “Curly” is also one of only 27 people honored in the Harlem Globetrotters’ prestigious “Legends” ring, presented to those who have made a major contribution to the success and the development of the Globetrotters organization. After an outstanding career at James B. Dudley High School in Greensboro, N.C., “Curly” moved on to Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C., where he averaged over 23 points per game and led his team to the CIAA title his senior year. [more…]
Longtime successful basketball coach at North Carolina A&T. His teams won 401 contests, along with five CIAA championships and the initial Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship. His teams placed third (1959 and1964) in the NAIA Tournament. [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…]
After a sterling high school career in Benson, Beasley played women’s basketball at NC State from 1977-1980. She scored 2,367 points, and remains first in NC State history and 3rd in ACC history. Her career 1,245 rebounds is first in NC State history, and 3rd in ACC history. Beasley is second in ACC history with 1,017 field goals. She made the All-ACC Tournament teams in 1978, ’79, and ’80 and was MVP of the1980 ACC Tournament, won by NC State. Beasley earned Kodak All-America honors also. [more…]
NASCAR team owner won 6 Winston Cup championships with Dale Earnhardt behind the wheel, 11 total championships, the Busch Grand National championship in 2001 and the Truck Series title in 1995. Childress drove his own car from 1969 – 1981 and had six top-five and 76 top-10 finishes. [more…]
Brennan was a member of UNC’s 1957 NCAA basketball championship team and its leading rebounder. He led the ACC in scoring (21.3) and rebounding (11.7) his senior year (1958). Brennan’s honors include Final Four 1st team (1957), ACC Player of the Year, Dixie Classic MVP, All-America 1st team. He ranks third in career rebounds per game (10.5) at UNC. [more…]
Leo Hart was a standout quarterback for Duke University, 1968-70. The Kinston native passed for 6,116 yards in his Duke career. In 1968 Hart became the first player in ACC history to pass for 2,000 yards in a season. Hart is the only quarterback to be voted first-team All-ACC three times, the only player to lead the ACC in passing yardage three seasons, and the only player to lead the ACC in total offense three seasons. He finished his career fifth in NCAA history in completions and total offense. Following a brief career in the NFL, Hart settled in Atlanta, where he became a successful businessman.
When Leo Hart enrolled at Duke in the late summer of 1967, he entered a football world dominated by conservative, three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust football. Over the course of his Duke career, Hart helped transform the ACC with a brand of wide-open passing never before seen in the league.
The Kinston native was a football, baseball, and basketball star at Kinston High School and was recruited to Duke by Tom Harp. Duke had recruited a number of other quarterbacks but thought that Hart was a good enough athlete to be moved to another position. The necessity never arose. Hart put a stranglehold on the starting quarterback position at the beginning of his sophomore season and never gave it up.
Hart had a strong, accurate arm, which he also used on the baseball diamond at Duke, where his head coach was Tom Butters. But, according to former Duke assistant football coach Hal McElhaney, his biggest asset was “his intelligence. He was a coach playing quarterback.” Hart was a strong leader, usually called his own plays, and was a master at picking apart opposing defenses.
Hart had a spectacular sophomore season. He passed for 2,238 yards, shattering the existing ACC record of Wake Forest’s Norm Snead by almost 600 yards and Billy Cox‘s Duke record by more than 800 yards. Hart’s sophomore season included a 316-yardpassing game against Clemson, the first time any Duke quarterback passed for more than 300 yards in a single game.
Injuries held Hart back the following season but he still passed for 1,642 yards.
Hart’s best season was his senior year, 1970, when he led Duke to a 6-5 mark against a brutal schedule. The highlight of the season was a 21-13 road win over Bobby Bowden’s 11th-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers.
Hart ended the season with 2,236 passing yards and his Duke career with 6,116 yards. At the end conclusion of his career, Hart had the top three single-season passing totals in ACC history. Almost four decades after the end of his playing career, Leo Hart remains the only player in ACC history to lead the league in total offense three seasons and the only quarterback to be voted first-team All-ACC three times. He graduated from Duke fifth all-time in NCAA history in completions and total offense.
Hart played briefly in the NFL. He’s now a successful businessman in the Atlanta area and remains involved with his alma mater.
The Lincolnton native was the dominant NC State defensive lineman from 1965-67 and the Wolfpack’s first consensus football All-America (1967). Byrd was the first three-time All-ACC player and NC State retired his #77 jersey in 2002. He was a 1968 first round draft pick of Boston Patriots, but injuries forced early retirement. Byrd was also named to ACC’s 50th Anniversary team in 2003. Byrd died July 23, 2010 and will be inducted posthumously into the College Football Hall of Fame in December. [more…]
The Johnston County native spent 5 decades coaching baseball, football and basketball at Campbell University and East Carolina University. Also served as scout for Cubs, Giants, and Padres. [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…]
Master of Stoneybrook Farms, he was the nation’s leading steeplechase trainer and rider in 1953 and 1955. Finished in top four 17 times during career. F. Ambrose Clark Award winner. [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…]
A pioneer in the field of sports medicine. Served as athletic trainer at both Duke and Tennessee. Orthopedic surgeon for more than 50 years. Cerebral Palsy and Crippled Children’s Hospital at Duke is named in his honor. [more…]
Outstanding high school athlete at Durham, who went on to earn nine letters in football, basketball and track at Duke. Starred in Blue Devils’ Sugar Bowl win over Alabama in 1945. Won Teague Award in 1944. Named to Duke HOF in 1984. [more…]
Swimming coach at N.C. State for 21 years where his teams compiled a 182-25 dual meet record. His 1954 team won the National AAU Outdoor crown. Highly successful athletic director at N.C. State for nearly two decades. [more…]
Outstanding high school athlete from Durham, who won 12 varsity letters in basketball, tennis and track at Davidson. Named Southern Conference Athlete-of-Year in 1950. Member of Davidson HOF and N.C. Tennis HOF. [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…]
An outstanding three-sport coach and athletic director during a 40-year career at Rockingham and Richmond County High Schools. Won four state titles in football and one in baseball. Elected to NCHSAA HOF in 1990. [more…]
Built one of the state’s all-time best coaching records at Greensboro Senior High School with seven state titles in football, three in basketball and 10 others in golf and swimming. Helped found N.C. Coaches Association. In National Federation HOF. [more…]
Pioneer Raleigh sports broadcaster 1939-73 whose network covered all Big Four schools at one time. Best known as voice of N.C. State Wolfpack basketball and football during the heyday of coaches Everett Case and Earle Edwards. [more…]
Coached 25 national championship men’s and women’s track teams at St. Augustine’s College, including both titles in 2001. CIAA Coach of the Year 90 times. Assistant Olympic coach in 1996 and Head Coach of the men’s track and field team in 2004 Olympics. Member of the National Track and Field Hall of Fame. [more…]