North Carolina High School Athletic Association

NCADA Hall of Fame Class 4

North Carolina High School Athletic Directors Association Names Fourth Hall Of Fame Class

Induction at Annual State Conference in March

Six members have been named by the North Carolina High School Athletic Directors Association as the fourth class for induction in its own Hall of Fame. 

The new NCHSADA Hall of Famers include Jim Blake of Durham, Watt Holyfield of Raleigh, Carroll King of Raleigh, Jerry McGee of Elizabeth City, Benny Pearce of Fayetteville, and Dudley Whitley of Rocky Mount.
They will be recognized at the annual North Carolina High School Athletic Directors Association state conference in Asheville, scheduled for March 30-April 1.

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 23 the number in the Hall.

This year's inductees include:

Jim Blake

A graduate of Chapel Hill High School and East Carolina, Jim Blake spent his entire career in education in the Durham County system.

A member of the NCHSADA for 23 years, Blake was director of athletics at Southern Durham from 1959 to 1994, when he retired. He also served as head basketball coach and assistant football coach during his tenure, and won a state championship in baseball. With the state AD's organization, Blake held a number of positions, including serving on the Board of Directors and a term as president. He was also a member of the National Interscholastic Athletic Directors Association for 14 years and an NIAAA delegate from North Carolina.
Blake also helped Southern Durham host a number of NCHSAA championships for several years, including football and women's basketball, serving as games manager.

Wat Holyfield

A three-year letterman at Appalachian State University in baseball and basketball, Holyfield served for 18 years at Broughton High School in Raleigh in a number of capacities after serving in the U.S. Army in World War II. He was an assistant basketball coach for teams that won three NCHSAA state 4-A titles and finished second twice.

In 1968, he became the first principal at Sanderson High School in Raleigh. Four years later he became the director of health, physical education and athletics for the Raleigh City Schools and then later for the merged Wake County system. One of his major accomplishments there was the beginning of women's interscholastic athletics.

Active in the NCHSADA, he served as the fourth president of the organization.

Carroll King

A native of Farmersburg, Indiana, King graduated from Central Missouri State University and then spent five years in the Navy during World War II.

He began his teaching and coaching career in Laurinburg but really made his mark in Raleigh. He was active in organizing programs and upgrading facilities and also served as a the long-time president of the Eastern 4-A conference. He also had a stint on the NCHSAA Board of Directors. In 1963 he was appointed athletic director for the Raleigh public schools system.

King also served as president of the North Carolina chapter of the American Association of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (AAPHER). 

Benny Pearce

Benny Pearce retired in 1996 after 33 years in public schools in Cumberland County and is now the director of public information for Campbell University.

A graduate of North Carolina State University, Pearce is a former president of the NCHSADA as well as having spent a term on the Board of Directors of the NCHSAA. He received the NIAAA Award of Merit in 1993 and has also been a speaker at national conferences as well as serving on committees at the national level.

Most of his 25 years in the Cumberland County central office included direct athletic supervision, new athletics facility design and construction, and the development of computer programs to track athletic eligibility.

Jerry McGee

Jerry McGee has been active in the NCHSADA since 1979 and is currently the organization's executive director.

A graduate of Elizabeth City High and Duke University, he spent 10 years coaching football at the collegiate level, including stints at East Carolina and Duke. But he made his mark as a coach and administrator at Edenton Holmes and then at Elizabeth City Northeastern, where he served from 1976 until his full retirement in '97. 

A certified athletic administrator, McGee represents the NCHSADA on the Board of Directors of the NCHSAA and serves on a number of committees. He also is on the NIAAA's Certification Committee and was recognized with the National Federation Citation for lifetime achievement in 1997. He was both the NCHSADA and the Association's Athletic Director of the Year in 1995.

Dudley Whitley

Dudley Whitley retired from the Nash-Rocky Mount school system in 1997 after 37 years in education, during which he served in just about every position possible from teacher and coach to superintendent.

A graduate of N.C. State, where he played baseball, Whitley played professional baseball in the Milwaukee Braves organization before starting his career in education. As a baseball coach, he guided Rocky Mount High to a 1963 NCHSAA state championship.

A former president of the NCHSADA, Whitley was the state athletic director of the year in 1981. He was superintendent of the Rocky Mount city schools before they merged with Nash County and then was the Nash-Rocky Mount system athletic director from 1993 until his retirement.

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. Last year's inductees included Ruth Pool of Durham, Bill Eutsler of Rockingham, Shu Carlton of Gastonia, Gilbert Ferrell of Wilson and Thell Overman of Wallace.