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NC Sports activities Corridor of Fame class of 2023 will add 15 new members


UNC's Jerry Stackhouse drives to the basket against Wake Forest in 1995,

UNC’s Jerry Stackhouse drives to the basket in opposition to Wake Forest in 1995,

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Two present faculty basketball coaches and a pair of golf legends headline a bumper class of 15 inductees within the North Carolina Sports activities Corridor of Fame class of 2023, bringing the whole membership to 400.

Tennessee coach Rick Barnes and Vanderbilt coach and former North Carolina star Jerry Stackhouse will be part of two-time US Open winner Curtis Unusual and course architect Tom Fazio within the class, together with UNC and Baltimore Ravens heart Jason Brown, Clemson and Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Jeff Davis, Winston-Salem State and Pittsburgh Steelers defensive finish Donald Evans, Duke huge receiver Clarkston Hines, NC State basketball participant and present Johnson & Wales athletic director Trudi Lacey, NC State tennis star John Sadri and East Carolina basketball participant Rosie Thompson

Girls’s golf legend Ellen Griffin, Charlotte Observer NASCAR author Tom Higgins, CIAA and NFL trailblazer Bob “Stonewall” Jackson and Western Carolina basketball star Ronald Rogers can be posthumous inductees.

“I couldn’t be extra thrilled such an awesome class is representing this phenomenal state,” NCHSOF govt director Journey Durham stated. “There’s one thing about the way in which our state has been in a position to yield such a excessive quantity of wonderful people and this class is not any exception.”

The category can be formally inducted on the Raleigh Conference Heart on April 21.

Rick Barnes

“Ricky from Hickory” performed at Lenoir-Rhyne and has coached at George Mason, Windfall, Clemson, Texas and now Tennessee. He is the third coach to steer three totally different groups to the NCAA match Candy 16 and took Texas to the Closing 4 in 2003. He was the Naismith Coach of the Yr in 2019.

Clemson coach Rick Barnes (left) argues with an official through the Tigers’ loss to North Carolina within the 1995 ACC Event. bob leverone

Jason Brown

An all-ACC heart at UNC, the Northern Vance product performed seven seasons at guard and heart within the NFL for the Ravens and St. Louis Rams earlier than retiring to his farm in Louisburg, the place he grows crops to donate to meals pantries and charities.

Jeff Davis

A local of Greensboro, Davis captained Clemson’s 1981 nationwide champions and was the ACC participant of the yr and a first-team all-American earlier than shifting on to a six-year NFL profession with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is nonetheless Clemson’s third-leading profession tackler and began all however two video games in 4 seasons.

donald evans

A Raleigh native who performed at Athens Drive, Evans was a tailback and linebacker at Winston-Salem State earlier than the Los Angeles Rams drafted him within the second spherical. Evans grew to become a stalwart at defensive finish with the Steelers and is a member of the CIAA Corridor of Fame.

Tom Fazio

Certainly one of America’s prime golf architects, greater than 40 of Fazio’s programs have been ranked in Golf Digest’s prime 200. His work consists of Pinehurst No. 6 and No. 8 in addition to the redesign of Charlotte’s Quail Hole. He works out of Hendersonville.

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Golf course architect Tom Fazio oversaw a four-hole renovation at Quail Hole earlier than this week’s PGA Championship. Jeff Sinner

Ellen Griffin

A founding member of the Girls’s Skilled Golf Affiliation, which grew to become the LPGA, Griffin taught golf at UNC Greensboro for 28 years, had her personal instructing and observe facility in Randleman and was the 1962 LPGA instructor of the yr. The LPGA has given out the Ellen Griffin Rolex award for contributions to golf instruction since 1989.

Tom Higgins

Higgins grew up in Burnsville and joined the Charlotte Observer in 1964 as an outside author. Over the subsequent 33 years, he grew to become one of many first writers overlaying NASCAR on a full-time foundation and is a member of the Nationwide Motorsports Press Affiliation Corridor of Fame.

clarston hines

A two-time first-team all-American as a large receiver at Duke, Hines was the ACC participant of the yr in 1989, the ACC male athlete of the yr in 1990 and a two-time first-team all-American. Born in Chapel Hill, Hines was inducted into the School Soccer Corridor of Fame in 2010.

Bob “Stonewall” Jackson

A extremely adorned World Conflict II veteran who enrolled at what’s now North Carolina A&T after the struggle, Jackson was a four-time all-CIAA decide and the primary participant from an HBCU to be drafted by an NFL crew. He later coached at each Johnson C. Smith and North Carolina Central.

Trudy Lacey

A 1,957-point scorer and AIAW all-American at NC State below Kay Yow, Lacey has been a coach at each the faculty and WNBA ranges in addition to a common supervisor. She is presently the athletic director at Johnson & Wales.

ronald rogers

Rogers was Western Carolina’s first three-time all-NAIA participant in basketball from 1951-53. A local and lifelong resident of Leicester, Rogers scored in double figures in 82 straight video games and was a constitution member of the WCU Corridor of Fame.

John Sadri

Sadri starred in tennis at Myers Park and NC State, the place he misplaced the 1978 NCAA singles championship to John McEnroe. Sadri reached the finals of the Australian Open in 1979 and was ranked as excessive as 14th on this planet.

Jerry Stackhouse

A nationwide sensation at Kinston, North Carolina and within the NBA, Stackhouse was the third general decide within the 1995 NBA draft and performed 18 seasons within the league, scoring greater than 16,000 factors. He is presently the top coach at Vanderbilt.

Curtis Unusual

Unusual was the 1974 NCAA champion at Wake Forest earlier than embarking on a stellar professional profession that included 17 wins and back-to-back US Opens in 1988 and 1989. He performed on six Ryder Cup groups and captained america in 2002.

rosie thompson

Greater than 40 years after she performed at East Carolina, she’s nonetheless the college’s all-time chief in factors, scoring common and rebounds. Her No. 10 of her is ECU’s solely retired girls’s jersey. The Blounts Creek native later coached the Pirates earlier than turning into an athletic administrator.

Sports activities columnist Luke DeCock joined The Information & Observer in 2000 and has lined six Closing Fours, the Summer time Olympics, the Tremendous Bowl and the Carolina Hurricanes’ Stanley Cup. He’s the present president of the US Basketball Writers Affiliation, was the 2020 winner of the Nationwide Headliner Award because the nation’s prime sports activities columnist and has twice been named North Carolina Sportswriter of the Yr.


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