Fred “Curly” Neal  2008

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...]

 

Calvin Irvin  1988

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  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...]

 

Genia Beasley  2007

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...]

 

Richard Childress  2008

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...]

 

Pete Brennan  2007

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  2008

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.   Following a brief career in the NFL, Hart settled in Atlanta, where he became a successful businessman. [more...]

 

* Dennis Byrd  2007

 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...]

 

Earl Smith  2003

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...]

 

* 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...]

 

* Mickey Walsh  1976

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...]

 

* 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...]

 

* Dr. Lenox Baker  1983

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...]

 

* Gordon Carver  1992

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...]

 

* Willis Casey  1985

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...]

 

* Whit Cobb  1985

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...]

 

* 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...]

 

Bill Eutsler  1992

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...]

 

* Bob Jamieson  1990

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...]

 

* Ray Reeve  1967

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...]

 

George Williams  2000

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...]

 

* Connie Mack Berry  2000

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...]

 

* Leon Brogden  1970

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...]

 

Leroy Walker  1975

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...]

 

Oliver Roddey  1992

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...]

 

* Russell Blunt  1996

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...]

 

Al Buehler  1989

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...]

 

* Clarence Stasavich  1970

One of the most successful small college football coaches in history. His Lenoir-Rhyne (alma mater) and East Carolina teams won 170 games and lost only 64. Was small college National Coach of the Year in 1959 and 1964. [more...]

 

* Mary Garber  1996

A pioneer for female sportswriters in N.C. Moved from the society pages to sports during World War II with the Twin City Sentinel. Served as president of Atlantic Coast Sportswriters. Member N.C. Journalism HOF and N.C. Tennis HOF. [more...]

 

* Lee J. Stone  1977

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...]

 

* Charlie Harville  1997

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...]

 

* Wallace Wade  1964

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...]

 

* Dick Herbert  1977

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...]

 

Shirley Wilson  1985

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...]

 

Irwin Smallwood  1994

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...]

 

Jesse Haddock  1990

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...]

 

* Jake Wade  1992

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...]

 

* E.P. Hagler  1984

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...]

 

Allen Morris  1978

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...]

 

* Smith Barrier  1980

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...]

 

Furman Bisher  1995

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...]

 

* Castleman D. Chesley  1987

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...]

 

John Derr  1991

Served as commentator and sports director during 16 years at CBS. Regular on The Masters broadcast crew for many years, and has covered most all major sporting events. Served as executive director of both the Carolinas PGA and the World Golf HOF. [more...]

 

* Wallace Shelton  1984

Coached at Mt. Airy High School for nearly 30 years, participating in more than 1,300 contests in five sports. His football teams won five state championships, and he also won one state championship in basketball. [more...]

 

* Marvin Francis  1993

Durham native who served 20 years as an assistant commissioner of ACC. SID at Wake Forest for 16 years. President College Sports Information Directors of America 1977. Member CoSIDA, USBWA and Wake Forest HOF. [more...]

 

* Earle Edwards  1974

Football coach at N.C. State for 17 years where he won or shared five ACC championships and compiled 77-88-8 record. ACC Coach-of-Year three times. Had teams in two bowl games. President of American Football Coaches Association in 1970. [more...]

 

* Bob Gantt  1978

Outstanding athlete at Durham in both football and basketball. Member of high school basketball team which won 69 straight games and national acclaim. Was an outstanding football end at Duke. [more...]

 

Jim Garrison  2001

Chowan College football coach for 43 years. Won 182 games (third among junior college coaches) and was 7-time Conference Coach of the Year. 35 players were NJCAA All-Americans.  [more...]

 

Paul Gay  1998

Won 177 football games at Sanford Central (Lee County) and won state 4A title, 4 co-state championships, 6 Eastern titles, 8 conference crowns. 1968 team was 13-0.  School stadium named in his honor. Played at  East Carolina University. Member ECU Sports HOF. [more...]

 

Charles “Babe” Howell  2004

During a 44-year coaching career he won back-to-back 2-A state football titles at Sylva-Webster High School.  He coached Tommy Love, the first black athlete to play in the Shrine Bowl.  He had a career record of 301-121-6. [more...]

 

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