NCADA Hall of Fame Class 7

North Carolina Athletic Directors Association Names Seventh Hall of Fame Class

Induction at Annual State Conference in April

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

The new NCADA Hall of Famers include Carl Bolick of Charlotte, Herman Bryson of Winston-Salem, Chip Gill of Durham and Ed Peeler of Shelby. The four will be recognized at the annual North Carolina High School Athletic Directors Association state conference at the Atlantic Beach Sheraton, scheduled for April 7.

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 34 the number in the Hall.

This year's inductees include:

Carl Bolick

Born in Lincoln County, Bolick was an outstanding athlete at Cramerton High and later enlisted in the Army Air Corps in World War II. He was shot down over Germany and spent over a year in a German prisoner of war camp.

After the war, he wound up graduating from Catawba College and embarked on his career in coaching and administration, including stops at Lee Woodard and Charles Coon in Wilson and then 25 years at West Mecklenburg. He compiled a record as a head baseball coach of 287-148 and was AD at West for 20 years. He also helped formulate the constitution and served in various offices in the Southwestern 4-A Conference. After his retirement at West he served as athletic director at Charlotte Country Day for eight years. 

He is a member of both the West Mecklenburg High School Hall of Fame and the Charlotte Baseball Hall of Fame. 

Herman Bryson

Herman Bryson, a 1943 graduate of Winston-Salem R.J. Reynolds, later returned to his alma mater for a brilliant career in coaching and administration.

After serving in the Pacific campaign in the Navy in World War It, he returned to enroll at Appalachian State University where he starred in football. In 1952, Bryson came back to R.J. Reynolds and worked there for 33 years.

He was athletic director at the Winston-Salem school for 21 years and compiled a record of 58-18-4 as head football coach, coaching in both the Shrine Bowl and East-West all-star games. He also served as director of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 2-A basketball tournament at Reynolds for several years.

Bryson is a member of the Appalachian State University Hall of Fame and the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Sports Hall of Fame. The gymnasium at R. J. Reynolds is named in his honor.

Chip Gill

A native of Durham, Chip Gill was a three-sport standout at Southern Durham and then played football under Red Wilson at Elon College.

He began his teaching and coaching career at Person Senior High in 1970 and later coached at Burlington Cummings. In 1980 he became head football coach at South Johnston, leading the school to its first winning season, conference crown and playoff berth in school history. He became athletic director at South Johnston in 1982 and held that position until he became head football coach at Southern Durham.

His teams were in the playoffs nine times in 12 years there and he also served as AD at Southern for several years. He has been a tireless worker in the NCHSAA's championships, serving as host director for finals in football, volleyball, basketball, softball and track. He was named the NCADA Region 3 Athletic Director of the Year in 1998.

Ed Peeler

A graduate of Shelby High School, Ed Peeler went on to Gardner-Webb Junior College and then graduated from Appalachian State in 1959.

He returned to Cleveland County to coach and teach at Mooresboro and then moved to Crest. During a great career at Crest, he served as athletic director, head basketball and head baseball coach and also coached cross country at one time. His basketball teams won a whopping 566 games and 14 league titles, going to postseason play 17 times. He has also been president of the Northwestern 4-A Conference and helped start the Cleveland County adult chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Peeler is a member of the Cleveland County Sports Hall of Fame and back in December the Crest gymnasium was renamed in his honor. He retired in 1998 after 39 years of service to the Cleveland County schools.

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. Last year's inductees included Don Patrick of Newton-Conover, Bill Carver of Fayetteville and Simon Terrell of Chapel Hill.

CONTACT: Jerry McGee, NCADA DATE: January 29, 2001