Charlie Adams Distinguished Service Awards Given


CHAPEL HILL — A new award was presented during the North Carolina High School Athletic Association regional meetings this fall.

The NCHSAA Board of Directors authorized the creation of a new award, the Charlie Adams Distinguished Service Award, in honor of the long-time NCHSAA executive director who retired from that post in January of 2010.

One award is given per region and goes to a person with at least 10 years experience in education and athletics who is still active in the field and has regularly gone “above and beyond” the call of duty at both the local and the state level.

A special committee made the selections and each award was given at the respective meeting in the person’s region.

The inaugural recipients of the Charlie Adams Distinguished Service Award include:

Region 1: Tommy Peacock, J.H. Rose: long time athletic director at Rose, which has an outstanding athletic program, and also very involved in hosting the Eastern Regional basketball tournament for many years with Rose was a site for tournament games.

Region 2: Bob Warren, Southern Wayne: long time head football coach and athletic director at Southern Wayne who has been very supportive and involved in NCHSAA activities, including serving as director of Southeastern SASI for many years.

Region 3: Jack Spain, Broughton: athletic director at Broughton who has done a tremendous job assisting the NCHSAA with a variety of the championships hosted in Raleigh, including women’s soccer, cheerleading, swimming, men’s soccer, softball, football and basketball, among others.

Region 4: John Frye, Union Pines: one of the state’s winningest coaches in tennis who also for many years as a director of the state tennis championships for the NCHSAA. During his career his teams have won more than 900 dual matches, several regional crowns and a couple of state championships.

Region 5: DePaul Mittman: one of the leaders in track and field in our state who has been key part of many state high school championship meet and has served as executive director of the North Carolina Track-Cross Country Coaches Association.

Region 6: Vicki Hamilton, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools: currently the athletic director for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools and a former member of the NCHSAA Board of Directors who has served as a member of the Realignment Committee, and has also been active with city-county athletic directors organization.

Region 7: David Rothwell, Iredell-Statesville Schools: has been very active with the NCHSAA in a number of different ways, including involvement with the city-county athletic directors organization and working with NCHSAA state wrestling championships for many years.

Region 8: Alan Peoples, Polk County: outstanding track and field coach, both indoor and outdoor, as well as cross country coach who also been tremendously helpful at the state level with the NCHSAA track and field championships.