North Carolina Athletic Directors Association Names Sixth Hall of Fame Class
Induction at Annual State Conference in April
Three members have been named by the North Carolina High School Athletic Directors Association as the sixth class for induction in its own Hall of Fame.
The new NCADA Hall of Famers include Don R. Patrick of Newton, William J. Carver, Jr., of Fayetteville and Simon Terrell of Chapel Hill. They will be recognized at the annual North Carolina High School Athletic Directors Association state conference at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, scheduled for April 10-12.
The NCADA Hall of Fame has been established to recognize achievement and excellence for athletic administration. The inductees are honored at the NCADA'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 30 the number in the Hall.
This year's inductees include:
DON R. PATRICK
This long-time coach and administrator worked at Burns and Wilkes Central High School but is best identified for his 25 years at Newton-Conover as head football coach and athletic director.
His football teams posted an outstanding 197-88-1 mark and made the playoffs 15 times under his tutelage. He was president of the North Carolina Athletic Directors Association in 1985-86 and five years later was named North Carolina Athletic Director of the Year. A former member of the NCHSAA Board of Directors, Patrick has also served on the NCHSAA Hall of Fame Committee and chairs one of the regional committees for the NCHSAA Scholarship Award.
A native of Shelby and graduate of Appalachian State, Patrick was his school system's Teacher of the Year in 1978-79 and the field house at the Newton-Conover football stadium bears his name.
WILLIAM J. CARVER, JR
Bill Carver, who recently retired from his post as athletic director and director of student activities of the Cumberland County Schools, has been active in athletic administration at the local, state and national levels. He served as president of the Mid-South Conference for many years. Carver has chaired the NCHSAA Nominating Committee and also officiated football, basketball and baseball for 26 years.
Carver recently became just the sixth North Carolinian ever to earn the Distinguished Service Award from the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. He had earlier received an NIAAA State Award of Merit and has been very involved in the state athletic directors' association.
He was the 1996-97 North Carolina Athletic Director of the Year and served on the NCADA Board of Directors. Carver formerly was athletic director at E.E. Smith High School in Fayetteville.
Simon Terrell of Chapel Hill served as the fourth executive director of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, a tenure spanning from 1967 to 1984 after several years as assistant executive director and supervisor of officials.
A highly successful coach before entering administration, Terrell helped to oversee the NCHSAA's joining with the old Western North Carolina High School Activities Association and the North Carolina High School Athletic Conference for black schools. He also was involved with the North Carolina Athletic Directors Association from its inception as well as serving the National Federation in several significant roles.
The NCHSAA offices in Chapel Hill are named in his honor. Terrell has previously received the NIAAA Distinguished Service Award and is a member of the NCHSAA Hall of Fame.
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 NCADA 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. The 1997 inductees included Ruth Pool of Durham, Bill Eutsler of Rockingham, Shu Carlton of Gastonia, Gilbert Ferrell of Wilson and Thell Overman of Wallace, while in '98 the Hall welcomed Jim Blake of Durham, Wat Holyfield of Raleigh, Carroll King of Raleigh, Benny Pearce of Fayetteville, Jerry McGee of Elizabeth City and Dudley Whitley of Rocky Mount. The 1999 inductees were Dave Johnson of Charlotte, Glenn Nixon of Clayton, Bob Sawyer of Greensboro and George Whitfield of Greenville.