Upper Marlboro, MARYLAND – UNCW women's basketball pioneer Shelia Boles will be recognized Wednesday night by the Colonial Athletic Association during the league's Legends program on the eve of the 2011 CAA Women's Basketball Championship.
A native of Fayetteville, N.C., Boles was a member of UNCW's first women's basketball team in 1973 and became the first female recipient of a scholarship one year later. A three-time team MVP for the Seahawks, Boles earned NAIA District 28 Player-of-the-Year honors in 1976.
After graduation, Boles began a successful career in teaching and administration that lasted 31 years. She became the first woman in North Carolina to coach varsity boy's basketball at John T. Hoggard High School and led her teams to a school-best 167-121 record in 11 seasons. The Vikings advanced to the 4A playoffs eight times during her stint on the sidelines.
Boles then served as John T. Hoggard's athletic director for nine years and continued to enjoy success. She was named Athletic Director of the Year by both the North Carolina High School Athletic Association and the North Carolina Athletic Director's Association. Most recently, Boles was presented the NCHSAA's Special Person Award for her contributions to the sport in the state.
UNCW's CAA Legends: Sharon McDowell (2003), LaTonia Beale (2004), Cherie Lea (2005), Shameka Montgomery (20060, Christy Gambill (2007), Sissy Morse (2008), Gwen Austin (2009), Shelia Boles (2011). The program was not conducted in 2010 because of the CAA's 25th Anniversary Celebration.