CHAPEL HILL—The annual NCHSAA Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremonies were held at the Friday Center on the campus of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill on Saturday, with a large crowd on hand to welcome the newest class to the Hall.
NCHSAA Commissioner Davis Whitfield served as master of ceremonies and deputy commissioner Que Tucker interviewed each of the inductees on stage after a video biography was shown.
Two of the inductees were posthumous, with the late Jack Holley represented by his wife Judy and family, while the late Joe Miller was represented by his wife Phyllis and family.
The group picture of the inductees includes, front row: Moyer Smith, Phyllis Miller, representing Joe Miller; Judy Holley, representing Jack Holley; and Dave Odom; back row: Chris Norman, Ralph Holloway; NCHSAA Commissioner Davis Whitfield, who introduced each inductee; Rick Strunk and Jerry Winterton. Additional information about the inductees is below. The NCHSAA photo is by John Bell.
• JACK HOLLEY— The late Jack Holley won more high school football games as a head coach than any other coach in North Carolina history. He coached for 46 years at a variety of stops, including two major stints at Wallace-Rose Hill along with Tabor City, Hallsboro, West Columbus and South Columbus. his teams won an unbelievable 412 games during his coaching career.
• RALPH HOLLOWAY— Holloway compiled an impressive slate as an athlete, coach and then administrator. After an excellent athletic career at Elizabeth City State University, he won track state championships and assisted on the state championship football staff at Burlington Cummings, and was football coach and athletic director at Kinston. Later he served as athletic director at West Carteret, principal at East Carteret and president of the Board of Directors of the NCHSAA.
• JOE MILLER— The late Joe Miller made his mark at New Hanover High in Wilmington, where he was head football coach for 20 years, compiling a 186-56-1 mark with nine conference titles. He also coached New Hanover to two slow pitch softball state championships. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the NCHSAA as well as the North Carolina Coaches Association and was president of the N.C. Athletic Directors Association.
• CHRIS NORMAN— A graduate of Gardner-Webb, Norman was an outstanding head coach in football as well as a well-respected athletic administrator. His football teams at Shelby won three NCHSAA state championships and had a perfect 16-0 record in 2006. He served as president of the North Carolina Coaches Association in 2011-12 and served four-year terms on both the NCCA Board of Directors and the NCHSAA Board of Directors.
• DAVE ODOM— Odom was a three-sport star at Goldsboro High School who went to Guilford College, and from 1965 through ’76 he coached successfully in the high school ranks. He wound up serving as head basketball coach at East Carolina, Wake Forest and South Carolina, winning over 400 games as a head coach and guided teams to nine NCAA tournaments while staying involved with the NCHSAA.
• MOYER SMITH— an outstanding high school and college athlete, Smith was a head football coach at Lexington and Albemarle before moving to the collegiate ranks and then into athletic administration, primarily at the University of North Carolina. . He served as an important consultant and fund raiser for the NCHSAA for a number of years, helping with the corporate partnership program
• RICK STRUNK— a graduate of Newton-Conover High School and a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina, this resident of Carrboro has been involved with high school athletics for 40 years through his media work. He has been on the staff of the NCHSAA for almost 30 years and helped initiate a number of NCHSAA programs, such as the Record Book, the intern program, and Scholar-Athlete.
• JERRY WINTERTON— Winterton compiled an amazing record as a wrestling coach, primarily at Cary High School. His teams won 11 NCHSAA state tournament championships, eight dual team titles, and his overall dual meet coaching record was an amazing 621-16. He coached 42 individual NCHSAA state champions during his time with the Cary program and his teams won 28 consecutive conference championships.
GlaxoSmithKline provided an initial gift to help underwrite the NCHSAA Hall of Fame, enabling it to honor individuals who have spent a lifetime in education. It is one of the Association’s most prestigious accolades.
The NCHSAA Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to high school athletics in North Carolina. This marks the 28th induction class for the NCHSAA Hall of Fame, which now numbers 163. Each new inductee received a commemorative NCHSAA Hall of Fame ring in honor of the induction.