North Carolina High School Athletic Directors Association Names Third Hall Of Fame Class
Induction at Annual State Conference in April
Five members have been named by the North Carolina High School Athletic Directors Association as the third class for induction in its own Hall of Fame.
The new NCHSADA Hall of Famers include Ruth Pool of Durham, Bill Eutsler of Rockingham, Shu Carlton of Gastonia, Gilbert Ferrell of Wilson and Thell Overman of Wallace.
They will be recognized at the annual North Carolina High School Athletic Directors Association state conference in April in Atlantic Beach.
The NCHSADA Hall of Fame has been established to recognize achievement and excellence for athletic administration. The inductees are honored at the NCHSADA'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 17 the number in the Hall.
This year's inductees include:
Everette L. "Shu" Carlton
A 1948 graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne College, Shu Carlton was a highly successful athletic director, football coach and principal during an educational career which covered five decades.
From 1957 through '72, he served as athletic director and head football coach at Ashley and then the consolidated Ashbrook High School in Gastonia, after beginning his career at Kings Mountain. His football teams posted an outstanding 115-47 record during that stretch and qualified for the state playoffs on eight occasions. He was appointed principal at Ashbrook in 1973 and held that position for four years before finishing his career as the director of athletics for the Gaston County Schools.
Carlton was named Athletic Director of the Year by the North Carolina High School Athletic Directors Association in 1983 and was on the NCHSADA's first Board of Directors. He is a member of the Gaston County Sports Hall of Fame as well as the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.
Bill Eutsler was the inaugural winner of the Athletic Director of the Year award given by the NCHSADA. He enjoyed a 40-year career as a three-sport coach and athletic director at Rockingham and then the consolidated Richmond County Senior High School.
The 1940 Wake Forest graduate posted an outstanding career coaching mark in football of 226-74-14 in 28 years, winning 13 conference championships. He also guided four teams to state championships in football and added one state crown in baseball.
Eutsler coached in both the Shrine Bowl and the East-West all-star games. He was on the original Board of Directors of the athletic directors' association and is a member of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.
Gilbert Ferrell was a highly successful coach and athletic director in Wilson County for many years.
A member of the Barton College Hall of Fame, Ferrell guided Wilson Fike's baseball teams to 20 consecutive winning seasons as head coach, but he also distinguished himself as an outstanding administrator. He served as the athletic director for the Wilson County schools for almost 20 years after a 10 year stint as the athletic director at Fike.
Ferrell helped to host and direct numerous conference, sectional and regional events for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association in several sports and was also involved in several significant committees. He served as president of the North Carolina Athletic Officials Association from 1984-86.
He was president of the NCHSADA in 1977-78 and earned that organization's Athletic Director of the Year honor during the 1993-94 academic year. He has also received the NCHSAA's Special People Award.
A 1938 graduate of Guilford College, where he played three sports, Thell Overman was among those who helped to organize and start the North Carolina High School Athletic Directors Association.
He was also among the leaders in the state who helped generate interest in adding women's sports to athletic programs.
One of the state's winningest coaches ever, he began at Warrenton's John Graham High and then produced outstanding teams at Wallace-Rose Hill in Duplin County during his 40-year career. He had a 278-73-6 mark as head football coach and posted a record of 541-118 as a head baseball coach. He also served a term on the NCHSAA Board of Directors.
Overman was inducted into the NCHSAA Hall of Fame in 1991.
Ruth R. Pool
Ruth Pool was athletic director at Hillside High School in Durham for 18 years, one of the first black females to hold that position in the Southeast.
A native of Durham, she graduated from Little River High School and from North Carolina Central University. Her teaching and coaching career spanned some 35 years, starting first at Kinston's Adkins High and then moving to Hillside. She has been a regular attendee at both the state and national athletic director conferences, representing her school.
She has served the North Carolina High School Athletic Association in a variety of ways, including as a member of the state scholarship selection committee for the NCHSAA's Capitol Broadcasting Scholarship program. She
Honorees in the charter class, inducted in 1995, included 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.
Willie Bradshaw of Durham, Mike Brown of Wilmington, Jack Groce of Boone, Red Hoffman of Wilkesboro, Leon Brogden of Wilmington and Homer Thompson of Winston-Salem joined the Hall in 1996.