North Carolina High School Athletic Association

Assistant Commissioner Shannonhouse Honored


Joins NCADA Hall of Fame along with Guy Mendenhall and Joe Miller

WILMINGTON– North Carolina HIgh School Athletic Association assistant commissioner Carolyn Shannonhouse was among three individuals inducted on Tuesday night into the North Carolina Athletic Directors Association Hall of Fame.

The banquet was held at the Wilmington Hilton Riverside as part of the 40th annual NCADA state conference.

Shannonhouse joined Guy Mendenhall and Joe Miller as the newest members of the NCADA Hall of Fame.

The NCADA Hall of Fame has been established to recognize achievement and excellence for athletic administration. The inductees are honored at the NCADA’s annual state convention, and a permanent display honoring the athletic directors’ Hall of Fame is located in the offices of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association in Chapel Hill. The new class brings to 70 the number in the Hall.

Carolyn has served at the NCHSAA since 1986, first as assistant executive director and now as assistant commissioner, after an outstanding career as a teacher and coach in a variety of different sports in several different schools, including Broughton and Cary. In her role with the NCHSAA, Shannonhouse has been primarily responsible for working with women’s sports programs and sports such as soccer, cross country, tennis and swimming played by both men and women. She was inducted into the NCHSAA Hall of Fame in 2010.

She has also served as a member of the national rules committees in soccer and volleyball for the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

Mendenhall has had a distinguished career in athletic as a player, coach and athletic administrator, with much of it centered around Cary High School. He helped lead Cary to a 1954 NCHSAA basketball championship and later served as athletic director at Cary for 16 years, from 1977 to ’93. He was inducted into the Cary High School Hall of Fame in ’93 and the Cary High School Spirit Award, given annually to a senior and also to a teacher, bears his name.

Miller came to New Hanover High School in Wilmington in 1974 after coaching stints in Georgia, Florida and at Missouri Southern University. He was an outstanding football coach and athletic director there for 20 years until he moved into the central office in 1994 as the athletic director for the New Hanover County schools.

He has been very active with the NCADA, serving as its president from 2000 through ’03, and has been honored locally, statewide and nationally for his role in athletic administration.

Former NCHSAA executive director Charlie Adams, himself a Cary High School graduate, introduced both Mendenhall and Shannonhouse while New Hanover High School athletic director Keith Moore, a former player under Miller, introduced Miller.