Jul 8, 2019
Rick Strunk has been involved with high school athletics for almost 40 years, with his entire professional career involved with the media. After graduating from Newton-Conover High School, where he played basketball, Strunk attended the University of North Carolina on a prestigious Morehead Scholarship as well as a National Merit Scholarship. He was sports editor of the daily Observer-News-Enterprise in Newton, sports director of WNNC Radio there and also did eight years of radio and television broadcasting. He served at Lenoir-Rhyne College and at Furman University as sports information director and won 16 national awards for excellence in publications. Strunk has been on the NCHSAA staff since 1986, helping initiate such programs as NCHSAA Scholar-Athlete, Hall of Fame, the NCHSAA Record Book and its intern program. He served eight years as the chairman of the National Records Committee and twice was master of ceremonies for the National High School Hall of Fame induction ceremony. He has designed, written and edited many NCHSAA publications and serves as media liaison. Strunk has received Distinguished Service Awards from the NCHSAA, the N.C. Athletic Directors Association and the NIAAA, and he earned the National Federation Citation award in 2013.