Willie Burden is 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 1896 in 1975 when he became the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player. He has been chosen as one of the league’s 50 greatest stars and is a member of the CFL’s Hall of Fame. [more…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
Coached football, basketball and baseball at Edenton, Wilson and Wilmington New Hanover. Made his biggest mark with eight state basketball championsips. Two of his most famous players are Sonny Jurgensen and Roman Gabriel. [more…]
Longtime track coach and later chancellor at N.C. Central, producing Olympic and national champions. Coached 1976 U.S. Olympic team, elected president of U.S. Olympic Committee 1992. Member National track and Olympic HOFs. [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…]
Football, basketball, baseball, and track star at N.C. State who led Southern Conference in basektball scoring 1937 and 1938. Three time All-conference. Played for Chicago Bears in the NFL and pitched in Chicago Cubs farm system. [more…]
Davidson tennis great won Southern Conference singles and doubles in 1950 and at one time state’s leading player. Later won many age group state titles. Junior Davis Cupper 1948. In both Davidson and N.C. Tennis HOF. [more…]
Longtime football and track coach who built a dynasty at Durham Hillside, winning dozens of State and Conference championships, over a six decade career. Coached collegiately at St. Augustine’s, St. Paul’s, N.C. Central and Southern U. [more…]
Longtime track and cross-country coach at Duke. His cross-country teams captured six ACC championships and finished second on 10 occasions. Active in U.S. Olympic program, serving as coach or manager at 1972, 1984 and 1988 Games. [more…]
One of state’s leading high school football coaches for three decades, producing one championship team at Raleigh Broughton and three at Asheboro. He was Charlie Justice’s high school coach at Asheville. He never had a losing season. [more…]
His name was a household word in southern broadcasting for more than half a century. Was on the first ACC-TV network. Also did radio broadcasts of Washington Redskins, East Carolina, and Appalachian State among others. [more…]
Coached Duke football team to 110-36 record 1931-41 and 1946-50. Took Blue Devils to Rose Bowl twice, coached Alabama in Rose Bowl three times. Member College Football and Rose Bowl Halls of Fame. The Duke football stadium is named for him. [more…]
First to serve as president of both U.S. Basketball Writers and Football Writers of America. Longtime sports editor of Raleigh News & Observer. Named to USBWA and Duke HOF. Received Curt Gowdy Award by Naismith HOF. [more…]
Outstanding college and high school coach. Led Elon to seven conference crowns and NAIA title game three times in four years. Also Duke head coach four years. His high school teams won two state championships and eight conference titles. [more…]
Longtime sportswriter/editor at Greensboro News & Record. Three-time winner of national golf writing competition. Member N.C. Journalism and Carolinas Golf HOFs. Co-founder and former assistant director ACC Service Bureau. [more…]
Wake Forest golf coach for more than three decades. His teams captured 15 ACC championships, 10 of them in a row, along with three NCAA titles. He was ACC Coach-of-Year twice. More than 60 of his players earned All-America honors. [more…]
Widely acclaimed sports journalist and national magazine contributor for Charlotte Observer for 16 years and later sports information director at UNC-Chapel Hill. National SID Member of the Year award named for him. [more…]
Coached football and golf at Duke for more than 40 years. Line coach for the 1938 Iron Dukes who were unscored on during the regular season and ended up in the Rose Bowl. His Duke golf teams won 18 Southern Conference and ACC titles. [more…]
UNC tennis coach (1980-93). As a player he won seven state Singles championships. Member of NC Tennis, Southern Tennis, Intercollegiate Tennis HOFs. Senior National clay court Champion (1977 & 1978). On US Davis Cup Team and Wimbledon semi-finalist (1956). [more…]
An outstanding and dedicated sports journalist. Longtime Executive Sports Editor of Greensboro Daily News. Served as president of U.S. Basketball Writers, 1970-71. First Service Bureau Director of ACC. Member USBWA HOF. [more…]
Denton native and the first sports writer inducted into N.C. Journalism HOF. Past President Football Writers of America and recipient of Bert McGrane Award and Jake Wade Award. Longtime sports editor of Atlanta Journal. [more…]
One of the early producers of TV college sports. Produced the first live ACC basketball telecast on December 7, 1957. Also produced first ACC football regional telecast. Played football at the University of Pennsylvania. [more…]