North Carolina High School Athletic Association

Former Eastern Guilford Coach Tommy Grayson passes away at 74

BURLINGTON, NC – Long-time former Eastern Guilford High School Coach Tommy Grayson passed away at his family’s Burlington home on Sunday, September 1, 2019 at age 74. Arrangements and services have not been determined at this time and will be updated when they become available. 

Grayson graduated from Lexington Senior High School in 1963 prior to attending Chowan Junior College where he played football and baseball. He later transferred to Guilford College where he had an outstanding career in football basketball and baseball prior to his graduation in 1968.

Grayson spent 17 years as a teacher and coach at Eastern Guilford High School, where he was a head coach in football, basketball, baseball, wrestling, track and golf. His football team in 1981 claimed the Division II State Championship. He eventually retired from high school teaching in 2002 while at Rockingham County High School. 

Even after his retirement, Grayson continued to coach. He helped the staff at Guilford College in football and assisted Eastern Guilford in baseball from 2002 through 2010. In 2010, Grayson began assisting Guilford College baseball, a post he maintained until his passing. 

Grayson is credited with playing a large role in building the football field and stadium at Eastern Guilford. The school named the field “Tommy Grayson Field” on November 8, 2013, in his honor. The school also honored him with the 2019 Eastern Guilford High School Lifetime Wildcat Award.

He has been inducted into four Hall of Fames at various time during his career and athletic endeavors. He was inducted in the Davidson County Sports Hall of Fame, the Guilford College Athletics Hall of Fame in 1982, the Chowan Sports Hall of Fame in 1985 and the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame in 2016. 

You can read additional information about Grayson’s career by visiting this link on the Guilford College Athletics Website.