NCHSAA 100th Anniversary Luncheon Part Of Ncada Conference


       WILMINGTON—The North Carolina Athletic Directors Association completed its 42nd annual conference at the Wilmington Hilton Riverside earlier this week.

       Athletic directors from across the state attended the conference, which included workshop sessions, a number of speakers and professional development with the offering of Leadership Training Courses (LTC) from the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA).

       Commissioner Davis Whitfield of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association provided an update on current issues as one of the culminating events of the conference, and deputy commissioner Que Tucker was also in attendance.

       One of the highlights of the event was a luncheon provided by the NCHSAA and sponsored by the United States Army as part of the NCHSAA’s 100th anniversary.  Bob Kanaby, former executive director of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and Charlie Adams, former long-time executive director of the NCHSAA, talked about the history of high school athletics and current trends, and Commissioner Whitfield addressed the future of high school athletics.

       Dr. Stewart Hobbs, superintendent of the Yadkin County schools and president of the NCHSAA, also addressed the athletic directors.

       A documentary-style video produced by Time Warner Cable about the NCHSAA and its 100 years of history was also shown for the first time as part of the “100 Years of Excellence” theme for the luncheon.

       Later in the conference, NCHSAA assistant commissioner Mark Dreibelbis made a presentation about the NCHSAA Student Services program. Other topics covered in the conference included social media, event management, concussion management, technology, and a panel discussion about athletic choices for student-athletes and cooperation between organizations.

       The NCADA conference also featured its 19th annual Hall of Fame banquet.  Inductees into the athletic directors’ Hall of Fame this year included Catherine Armwood of Durham, Ronnie Chavis of Robeson County and Fred McDaniel of Cumberland County. The late Jerry Hunter was recognized on the NCADA Roll of Honor.

       Jerry McGee is the executive director of the NCADA, and the organization has been in existence since 1971.