Former Wake County athletic director Bobby Guthrie and former Johnston County athletics director Shelly Marsh didn’t have long to wait to be elected into the N.C. High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame and Greenville Rose baseball coach Ron Vincent and East Chapel Hill tennis coach Lindsey Linker didn’t wait at all.
Unlike some halls of fame, the NCHSAA doesn’t require its inductees to retire and wait years before induction. Guthrie and Marsh retired recently and Vincent, the state’s all-time leader in baseball coaching victories, and Linker are still coaching.
Joining them in the class to be inducted next spring are former Goldsboro and Durham High basketball coach Dave Odom, official Jack Huss of Rutherfordton, girls basketball and volleyball coach Cindi Simmons of Sylva-Webster and football coach Sam Story of Burlington Williams.
Their inclusion will increase the hall to 156 honorees.
Guthrie has had a national impact on high school athletics. He was the first coach in the country to be nationally certified and has been on the national forefront in promoting coaching education. He was the National Federation Coach Educator of the Year in 2010.
Marsh began his basketball coaching career at W.H. Robinson High in Pitt County when schools in North Carolina were segregated. He had a 101-52 record at Robinson and later posted a 219-102 mark at Pitt County Conley. He was 158-81 at Havelock and 55-53 at West Johnston for a career mark of 533-288.
Linker’s tennis teams at Chapel Hill and East Chapel Hill have won 14 state dual-team tennis titles. She also has had 11 individual state champions and almost 600 career dual-team wins. She has been her conference coach of the year 39 times.
Vincent has 800 career wins and his Rose teams have won six state titles.
Story built a 201-98 record at Burlington Williams and his teams won two state titles.
Simmons had a 512-279 girls basketball coaching record and almost 400 volleyball wins at Sylva-Webster and Smoky Mountain.
Huss coached football at Richmond County, Gastonia Huss and Rutherfordton-Spindale, but officiated for almost 40 years.
Odom began his coaching career at Goldsboro and Durham High, but later coached at East Carolina, Wake Forest and South Carolina.
Odom was an outstanding high school athlete at Goldsboro, where he was he quarterback, but no one has been inducted into the NCHSAA hall based on high school athletic achievements.
The NCHSAA, under then-executive director Charlie Adams, considered changing the policy and even began informally making lists of athletes who would be deserving, but decided the achievements of two, three or four seasons are not comparable to a lifetime of work in high school athletics.
The National Federation’s National High School Hall of Fame does include athletes, but most are inducted based on their post-high school achievements.
The NCHSAA is honoring athletes this year as part of its 100th year celebration. A special committee announced 100 female athletes to remember this week and a boys’ 100 list will be announced later this year.
Among the area girls selected were Katrelle Armwood of Durham Arts; Genia Beasley of South Johnston; Julie Shea, Mary Shea, Jessica Botzum and Madison Bugg of Cardinal Gibbons; Tresa Brown of Garner and Sanderson; Karen Clayton and Jill Goldberg of Broughton;
Sheilah Cotten of Fuquay-Varina; Karen Curtis, Debbie Mulligan and Jennie Pegram of Cary; Samantha George of Millbrook; Megan Hodge of Durham Riverside; Pam Leake of Chapel Hill, Gabby Mayo of Southeast Raleigh; Aedrin Murray of Chatham Central; Wendy Palmer of Person; Jamie Parson of Millbrook; Katherine Perry of Athens Drive; Kaye Young and Faye Young of Bunn.
In addition, former N.C. State women’s basketball coach Kay Yow was selected.
The committee did an outstanding job. We differ on a few picks. I would have found a place for Broughton soccer standout Lindsey Stoecker, Central Cabarrus softball pitcher Crystal Cox and Goldsboro swimmer Elizabeth Prince Dufer.
The complete list is at: http://blogs.newsobserver.com/prepsnow/nchsaa-lists-100-to-remember-female-athletes-for-100-year-anniversary