NCHSAA Day Set For Saturday At Kenan Stadium

            CHAPEL HILL– The North Carolina High School Athletic Association will be recognized by the University of North Carolina on Saturday at Kenan Stadium.

            The North Carolina-Georgia Tech football game, which kicks off at 7 pm, has been designated as the 30th annual NCHSAA Day. The university actually spearheaded the founding of the NCHSAA in 1913.

            Special halftime activities will highlight NCHSAA Day. The winners of the Wells Fargo Cup for the 2013-14 academic year, symbolic of the best overall interscholastic sports program in the state, will be honored. The winners include Kernersville Bishop McGuinness in the 1-A classification, Carrboro among 2-A schools, Waxhaw Marvin Ridge in the 3-A classification, and Green Hope High School of Cary in the 4-A class.

            In addition, the newest members of the NCHSAA Hall of Fame will be recognized. They include:

            –the late Jack Holley of Teachey, won more high school football games than any other coach in North Carolina, coaching for 46 years at a variety of stops, including Tabor City, Wallace-Rose Hill, Hallsboro, West Columbus, South Columbus and Harrells Christian Academy. He earned 412 career coaching victories

            — Ralph Holloway compiled an impressive slate as a coach as well as an administrator. He coached at Burlington Cummings and at Kinston, guiding the women’s track team at Cummings to a couple of state crowns, followed by a stint at West Carteret as athletic director and then 10 years as East Carteret principal.  He’s a former president of the NCHSAA and helped spearhead the NCHSAA’s recent centennial celebration.

             –the late Joe Miller of Wilmington was an outstanding coach and athletic director in New Hanover County. He was head football coach at New Hanover for 20 years with a record of 186-56-1, and also coached two state championship slow pitch softball squads.  He served on the NCHSAA Board of Directors and was president of the state athletic directors’ association.

             –Chris Norman of Shelby was a great head coach in football and an excellent athletic administrator. His coaching mark at Shelby High School was a stellar 147-39-1, with three NCHSAA state championships and a perfect 16-0 mark in 2006. The Golden Lions also won 10 conference titles under Norman. He served on the Boards of Directors of both the NCHSAA and the North Carolina Coaches Association.

            –Moyer Smith of Chapel Hill had a stellar career as an athlete, coach, athletic administrator and fund-raiser, with his involvement in the NCHSAA primarily involving sponsorship and the Endowment. He was a standout athlete at Lexington and later played football and then coached at UNC before serving from 1986 to 2002 as president of the UNC Educational Foundation.  

           –Rick Strunk of Carrboro is associate commissioner of the NCHSAA serving on the staff since 1986. A Morehead Scholar at UNC, he started the Scholar-Athlete program, Hall of Fame, and the NCHSAA Record Book, among other programs. He served eight years as the chairman of the National Records Committee and twice was emcee for the National High School Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

            –Jerry Winterton of Cary compiled an amazing record as a wrestling head coach. He was head coach at Cary High School from 1981 to 2010, where his teams won 11 NCHSAA state tournament titles and eight dual team championships. His overall record at Cary was an astounding 621-16, with 28 straight conference championships and 138 straight dual team wins at one point.

            This is the 29th group of inductees to join the prestigious hall, bringing to 163 the number of individuals enshrined.

             These seven will formally be inducted into the NCHSAA Hall of Fame next spring during the Hall’s annual banquet and induction ceremonies at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill.

            “We appreciate the university's willingness to recognize the North Carolina High School Athletic Association on this occasion,” says Davis Whitfield, commissioner of the NCHSAA.