CHAPEL HILL—As part of the celebration of the centennial of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, the NCHSAA is releasing a "100 To Remember" series.
The list of "100 To Remember: Coaches" includes five from our viewing area. Sheila Boles, Leon Brogden, Buck Hardee, Thell Overman and Ruby Sutton.
All of the 100th anniversary lists will be posted in the NCHSAA website under the special 100th portal.
Below are summaries of our area coaches achievements as provided by the NCHSAA.
Sheila Boles - Hoggard
Perhaps best known as the first woman to coach a men's varsity basketball high school team in North Carolina…career standout in volleyball and basketball while attending UNC Wilmington…started coaching at Hoggard in 1989, where she had stints as athletic director and coaching men's basketball, men's golf and women's golf…over 300 career victories coaching basketball…previously honored with the NCHSAA's Courage Award and Athletic Director of the Year Award…inductee into NCHSAA Hall of Fame in class of 2011.
Leon Brogden - New Hanover
Graduate of Wake Forest College in 1932…most notable coaching successes during lengthy tenure at New Hanover High, where he also finished his career with a stint as athletic director…distinguished leader coaching football, basketball and baseball as well as serving as athletic director…former recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the National High School Athletic Coaches Association…inductee into the Wake Forest University Sports Hall of Fame, The Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame, and the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame…charter member of NCHSAA Hall.
Buck Hardee - New Hanover
Teaching and coaching career began at New Hanover County High in 1953…Buck served New Hanover for 24 years as head baseball coach, where he achieved 13 conference crowns and compiled a fantastic overall record of 396-133-1…reached the state finals for baseball twice and also served as athletic director and U.S. History teacher during his tenure… served in the Navy during WWII following graduation from UNC…member of the Campbell College Hall of Fame, the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame and the NCHSAA Hall of Fame.
Thell Overman - Wallace Rose Hill
Amassed an overall high school coaching record of 1078-233-6 while coaching football (278-73-6), basketball (259-42) and baseball (541-118)…although primary success was at Wallace-Rose Hill, also served stints coaching for the U.S. Navy, Warrenton High and Wallace High…served on the NCHSAA Board of Directors during the 1950's and 60's, and also is a former president of the NC High School Athletic Directors Association…member of the NCADA Hall of Fame, the Guilford College Sports Hall of Fame and The Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame as well as joining the NCHSAA Hall in 1991.
Ruby Sutton -Laney
Phenomenal teacher and coach that has served for over 35 years…most notable successes came coaching volleyball at Laney, but has also coached tennis and cheerleading…specifically has led the Lady Bucs volleyball team for 31 seasons and achieved a state championship in 1996…in 2012 Laney's home court was dedicated as the Fred Lynch-Ruby Sutton Court in honor of the two legendary coaches.
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