Midtown: Sports

Local student athletes to sign letters of intent

Several area athletes are expected to sign National Letters of Intent this week.

Until athletes sign a the NLI, neither the school nor the athlete is obligated to the other.

National letters obligate the athlete and the school to each other in exchange for the promise of some athletic scholarship assistance.

The first day of the NLI signing period for football, track and field, cross country and soccer is Wednesday. Other sports have signing periods at other times.

The vast majority of athletes, except for football and basketball, who sign national letters do not receive full scholarships, but instead receive some financial assistance.

Some schools, including schools in the Ivy League, do not give athletic scholarships, but do give financial aid to students.

Champs remembered: Wakefield will be honoring the 2004 NCHSAA 4A state championship boys basketball team Friday during a home game against Broughton. The Wolverines stunned Winston-Salem Reynolds 48-46 at N.C. State’ Reynolds Coliseum ten years ago.

Reynolds had averaged 80 points per game and was a heavy favorite, but Wakefield’s defense was extraordinary.

"There may be a lot of teams out there with better players," Wakefield coach Tom Kinkelaar said at the time. "But we're the only one that can say it is the state 4A boys champion."

Dreibelbis wins national honor: Mark Dreibelbis, an assistant commissioner of the N.C. High School Athletic Association, is the 2014 national coach educator the year. The National Federation of State High School Associations presents the honor.

Dreibelbis led an effort that resulted in the NCHSAA requiring all new coaches and all non-faculty or volunteer coaches to complete the NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching course. Dreibelbis has presented more than 50 sessions of the classroom version of the course. North Carolina coaches have completed more than 11,000 FOC courses.

Among his other coach education initiatives, Dreibelbis is working toward requiring all North Carolina coaches to earn the NFHS Accredited Interscholastic Coach (AIC) certification.

He also was responsible for requiring coaches who are ejected from a game to take the NFHS “Teaching and Modeling Behavior” course before they can return to coaching, as well as spearheading the effort for coaches and officials to take the NFHS “Concussion in Sports – What You Need to Know” course.