North Carolina High School Athletic Directors Association Names Charter Hall of Fame Class
Induction at Annual State Conference in April
Six charter members have been named by the North Carolina High School Athletic Directors Association as the initial class for its own Hall of Fame.
The honorees include NCHSAA executive director Charlie Adams, former Charlotte-Mecklenburg director of athletics Dave Harris, Russ Blunt of Durham's Hillside High School, long-time Greenville Rose athletic director and NCHSADA executive secretary Richard "Bud" Phillips; former High Point athletic administrator A.J. "Tony" Simeon, and Norma Harbin of Winston-Salem, the first female athletic director at a 4-A school in North Carolina.
The NCHSADA Hall of Fame is being established to recognize achievement and excellence for athletic administration. The inductees will be honored at the NCHSADA's annual state convention in Atlantic Beach in April, and a permanent display honoring the athletic directors' Hall of Fame will be placed in the NCHSAA offices in Chapel Hill.
Over 100 names were considered for the charter class. The honorees include:
A native of Cary, Adams was an outstanding athlete at Cary High and at East Carolina University who has become known as one of the outstanding state association executive directors in the country.
He has been the head of the NCHSAA since 1984 and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Federation of State High School Associations. Under the direction of Adams, North Carolina has been known as one of the most innovative of state associations. Many state championships have been moved to outstanding neutral facilities, corporate sponsorship has become viable, and a host of special programs along with the Student Services Section of the Association have been implemented.
Adams has been involved with the NCHSADA since its inception, as well as with the North
Carolina Coaches Association.
From 1967 to 1991, Dave Harris served as director of athletics for the largest school system in the state, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, and many components of that program were nationally recognized. Prior to that, he was one of the state's outstanding football coaches, coaching at Charlotte's Harding High for 20 years.
For many years Harris was the athletic director of the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, the most successful game of its type in the nation. He has been very active in North Carolina High School Athletic Association activities, the National Federation, and the NCHSADA., serving on a variety of committees at both the state and national level. He was an outstanding athlete at Statesville High who went on to earn his college degree at Wake Forest.
A native of Winston-Salem, Norma was the first woman athletic director at a 4-A school in the state in 1978 and served in that capacity for seven years before moving to an assistant principal's role at West Forsyth.
She has served as president of the North Carolina Athletic Officials Association as well as serving terms on both the Boards of Directors of the NCHSAA and the state athletic directors association. She coached at the junior high level for several years before going to West Forsyth High School in 1968. During her 10 years as a coach at West Forsyth, her teams won 14 conference titles and she was a conference Coach of the Year in four different sports.
RICHARD GLENN "BUD" PHILLIPS
Bud Phillips built an outstanding record as a coach in several sports at four different schools but is best remembered for his tenure at Greenville's J.H. Rose High from 1957 until his retirement in 1990.
Phillips served as both president and later executive secretary of the North Carolina High School Athletic Directors Association. He received the prestigious National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Award of Merit in 1988, the first year it was presented.
A 1949 graduate of Wake Forest, he was a head coach in football, basketball, baseball, track and wrestling during his career in addition to his role as athletic director.
RUSSELL EVANS "RUSS" BLUNT
Russ Blunt's coaching career included four sports and an amazing six decades, although he has really made his mark in track.
Blunt, who has been recognized by USA Today s the nation's oldest active coach, built a dynasty at Durham's Hillside High School. He won 10 state championships in the old North Carolina High School Athletic Conference and then has won or shared five NCHSAA indoor or outdoor titles, including the 1994 outdoor 4-A crown. During one 12-year period, his prep track teams lost only two dual meets.
A 1936 graduate of St. Augustine's College, Russ also coached on the collegiate level at St. Aug's, St.Paul's, North Carolina College (now N.C. Central University) and Southern University.
ANTHONY JAMES "TONY" SIMEON
Tony Simeon was a coach and athletic director for over 40 years, first at Kernersville and then at High Point, later renamed High Point Central.
A 1933 graduate of High Point College, where he was a great athlete, he was instrumental in helping to organize the North Carolina High School Athletic Directors Association. He coached five state championship teams in basketball and won over 480 games in that sport, and he also coached football and track. Simeon was also a leader in providing athletic opportunities for women.
Simeon Stadium in High Point, dedicated in 1974, bears his name.