North Carolina High School Athletic Association

Tom Pryor

Tom Pryor has won more games as a women’s basketball coach than any other coach in North Carolina history. A 1952 graduate of Edneyville High and then a 1957 graduate of N.C. State, Pryor coached women’s basketball for 43 years, with the great majority of that (1957-93) at Edneyville. He also was a head football coach for 13 seasons with a mark of 66-42-5 in that sport, to go with at least three years coaching track, golf, baseball and men’s basketball. He rolled up an amazing 702-244 mark as a women’s coach, including 594-191 at Edneyville. He had only two losing seasons in his career, going 63-20 at Asheville School and then 59-23 at Polk County after leaving Edneyville. Pryor served on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Athletic Directors Association and also umpired softball for 10 years.