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Two New Hanover legends among new NCHSAA Hall of Fame inductees

Jack Holley won more high school football games as a head coach than any other coach in North Carolina history. (Source: WECT) Jack Holley won more high school football games as a head coach than any other coach in North Carolina history. (Source: WECT)
Joe Miller served as head football coach at New Hanover High School for 20 years. (Source: WECT) Joe Miller served as head football coach at New Hanover High School for 20 years. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Two New Hanover High School legends are among seven individuals named for induction into the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.

Jack Holley and Joe Miller are both deceased, but their work with North Carolina athletics will be memorialized during a football halftime induction ceremony on October 18 when North Carolina takes on Georgia Tech at Kenan Stadium.

Their induction alongside the five other individuals selected will increase the total number of NCHSAA Hall of Fame honorees to 163.

During his life, Jack Holley won more high school football games as a head coach than any other coach in North Carolina history.

Holley coached for 46 years at a variety of different schools, and his teams won 412 games against 96 losses and nine ties, including numerous conference championships, which has put him in the top ten of football coaches nationally.

Holley was born in Ashton, NC and became a star athlete at New Hanover High School as a student. He played on state championship teams in several different sports before going to Guilford College and graduating in 1963.

The other Wilmington inductee, Joe Miller, died unexpectedly this year. He worked as a coach and athletic administrator at New Hanover High School and in the New Hanover central office.

Miller began his coaching career in Georgia, but moved to New Hanover High in Wilmington in 1974 where he served as head football coach for 20 years, compiling a 186-56-1 record with nine conference championships. He also coached New Hanover to slow pitch softball state championships in 1975 and 1976.

Both Miller and Holley are already inducted into the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame. They will join , Ralph Holloway of Morehead City, Chris Norman of Shelby, Moyer Smith of Chapel Hill, Rick Strunk of Carrboro and Jerry Winterton of Cary as the 28th group of inductees to join the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.

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