N.C. State Athletic Hall of Fame

N.C. State announces 2nd sports Hall of Fame class

jgiglio@newsobserver.comMay 14, 2013 

  • N.C. State’s 2013 Hall of Fame class

    •  Tommy Burleson, basketball, (1971-74): Two-time MVP of the ACC tournament, helped the Wolfpack win back-to-back ACC titles and the NCAA title in 1974.

    •  Mike Caldwell, baseball (1968-71): Led N.C. State to its only College World Series appearance (1968) and still holds the ACC record for shutouts and complete games.

    •  Earle Edwards, football (coach, 1954-70): Led Wolfpack to five ACC titles and a 55-45-5 ACC record in 17 seasons.

    •  Steve Gregg, swimming (1973-77): 1976 NCAA champion in the 200-meter butterfly and won the silver medal in the 1976 Olympics in the same event.

    •  Torry Holt, football (1995-98): “Big Game” was the 1998 ACC Player of the Year and a seven-time Pro Bowl selection in 11 NFL seasons.

    •  Ronnie Shavlik, basketball (1954-56): ACC’s first All-American (in 1954) still holds the school record for career rebounds (1,598).

    •  Norm Sloan, basketball (coach, 1966-80): Former Wolfpack player led school to three ACC titles and the 1974 NCAA title as coach.

    •  Betty Springs Geiger, track and field/cross country (1979-83): Won the first NCAA women’s cross country championship in 1981 and repeated as individual champion in ’83.

    •  Andrea Stinson, women’s basketball (1989-91): Highest career scoring average (22.7 points per game) in school history.

    •  Sylvester Terkay, wrestling (1990-93): Three-time All-American, individual national champion in 1993.

    •  Philip Rivers, football (2000-03): Finished his college career second in the NCAA in career passing yards (13,494) and fifth in touchdown passes (95).

    Rivers was elected to the Hall of Fame but deferred induction until he is able to attend an induction ceremony.

The second class of the N.C. State Athletic Hall of Fame features one of the best individual stars the school has ever produced and the coach and one of the best players from perhaps the school’s greatest team, the 1974 national championship basketball team.

Torry Holt, Tommy Burleson and Norm Sloan are three of the 11 new members of the N.C. State Athletic Hall of Fame.

The class, which will be honored on Nov. 22 at Reynolds Coliseum, was announced Monday.

“There’s so many good athletes in so many sports, it’s a really a tremendous honor,” said Burleson, one of the stars of the ’74 title team coached by Sloan.

Burleson and Sloan are the second and third members from the ’74 championship team to make the school’s Hall of Fame, joining David Thompson from the inaugural class last year.

Ronnie Shavlik (basketball), Andrea Stinson (basketball), Mike Caldwell (baseball), Betty Springs Geiger (distance running), Steve Gregg (swimming), Sylvester Terkay (wrestling) and Earle Edwards (football coach) were also elected.

San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was selected but deferred his induction until he is able to attend the ceremony.

Holt made his mark as one of the best football players in ACC history. He rewrote the conference and school receiving records in his four-year career from 1995 to ’98.

He was the ’98 ACC Player of the Year and his 1,604 receiving yards from that season stand as the ACC record. He’s third in the ACC in career yards (3,379) and first in school history in career catches (191) and touchdown catches (31).

Holt, who is from Gibsonville, went on to a prolific, 11-year NFL career, which included seven trips to the Pro Bowl and a Super Bowl title with the St. Louis Rams.

Edwards is the first football coach to be honored by the Hall. He led N.C. State to five ACC titles in 17 seasons, including three straight from 1963 to ’65, and the highest ranking in school history (No. 2 in 1967).

Thompson, Genia Beasley and three basketball coaches (Everett Case, Jim Valvano and Kay Yow) were honored in the first class. Burleson, Sloan, Shavlik and Stinson joined the basketball group Monday.

Burleson, a 7-foot-2 center, is second in school history in career rebounds (to Shavlik), and twice was the MVP of the ACC tournament, in 1973 and ’74. He scored 38 points in the Wolfpack’s 103-100 win over Maryland in ’74 ACC title game, which is often called the best college basketball game ever played.

Sloan won the NCAA title and three ACC titles in 14 seasons at his alma mater. His 266 wins trail only Case, his former coach, in school history.

N.C. State’s 2013 Hall of Fame class

Tommy Burleson, basketball, (1971-74): Two-time MVP of the ACC tournament, helped the Wolfpack win back-to-back ACC titles and the NCAA title in 1974.

Mike Caldwell, baseball (1968-71): Led N.C. State to its only College World Series appearance (1968) and still holds the ACC record for shutouts and complete games.

Earle Edwards, football (coach, 1954-70): Led Wolfpack to five ACC titles and a 55-45-5 ACC record in 17 seasons.

Steve Gregg, swimming (1973-77): 1976 NCAA champion in the 200-meter butterfly and won the silver medal in the 1976 Olympics in the same event.

Torry Holt, football (1995-98): “Big Game” was the 1998 ACC Player of the Year and a seven-time Pro Bowl selection in 11 NFL seasons.

Ronnie Shavlik, basketball (1954-56): ACC’s first All-American (in 1954) still holds the school record for career rebounds (1,598).

Norm Sloan, basketball (coach, 1966-80): Former Wolfpack player led school to three ACC titles and the 1974 NCAA title as coach.

Betty Springs Geiger, track and field/cross country (1979-83): Won the first NCAA women’s cross country championship in 1981 and repeated as individual champion in ’83.

Andrea Stinson, women’s basketball (1989-91): Highest career scoring average (22.7 points per game) in school history.

Sylvester Terkay, wrestling (1990-93): Three-time All-American, individual national champion in 1993.

Philip Rivers, football (2000-03): Finished his college career second in the NCAA in career passing yards (13,494) and fifth in touchdown passes (95).

Rivers was elected to the Hall of Fame but deferred induction until he is able to attend an induction ceremony.

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