* Jack Jensen  2008

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…]

 

* D.C. ‘Peahead’ Walker  1968

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…]

 

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…]

 

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…]

 

Russ Frazier  2007

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…]

 

Ken Huff  2008

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…]

 

Claude “Hoot” Gibson  2007

  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…]

 

Roy Williams  2008

A Buncombe County native, he is currently head basketball coach at the University of North Carolina. He coached the 2005 and 2009 Tar Heels basketball teams to the NCAA National Championship and is one of 13 coaches to win multiple NCAA titles.  In seven years at UNC his teams have won 196 games.  Coach Williams was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007. [more…]

 

Dee Hardison  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  2009

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…]

 

Jack McKeon  2007

  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…]

 

* 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…]

 

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…]

 

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…]

 

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…]

 

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…]

 

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…]

 

* 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…]

 

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