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Written by Rick Strunk   
Thursday, 20 June 2013 06:34

As part of the celebration of the centennial of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, the NCHSAA has released the second list of its “100 To Remember” series. The list of “100 To Remember: Coaches” highlights one hundred of the top coachesin NCHSAA history, going back to the founding of the organization in 1913.  A special committee, including school administrators and coaches from across the state as well as sports media, put together the list in a series of meetings.
Many people made nominations for the lists on the NCHSAA web site. Association records and archives were also consulted, as well as members of the committee offering names for discussion.
“Coming up with a list of ‘100 To Remember’ was a tremendous challenge,” said Davis Whitfield, commissioner of the NCHSAA. “So many individuals have participated, coached or been involved with the rich history and tradition of the first 100 years of the NCHSAA. This group of distinguished individuals not only served their schools, school systems and communities in an exceptional fashion, but our Association as well.”
During the 2013 year in which the 100th anniversary is celebrated by the NCHSAA, other “100 To Remember” lists will be released, including female athletes and male athletes. The development of the lists and the discussions certainly fit in with the slogan for the centennial: “Honoring the Past, Embracing the Present and Shaping the Future.”
The list of administrators was the initial one released. Administrators included athletic directors, principals, superintendents or others involved with the administration of athletics at a local or statewide level
All of the 100th anniversary lists will be posted in the NCHSAA website under the special 100th portal.

(A list of regional coaches that have been recognized)

Frank Barger, Hickory

Achieved an outstanding record during 32 years as the head football coach at Hickory High…also amassed numerous conference crowns with career coaching mark of  273-120-5 in fotoball…compiled over 625 victories and 29 conference titles coaching four additional sports to football…retired in 1984 and is a member of the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame…joined NCHSAA Hall of Fame in class of 1993.

Tom Brown, Maiden
One of the state’s most successful football coaches at the high school level…during early career earned all-conference honors in both football and baseball while attending Lenoir-Rhyne College…won a total of 330 games in 35 seasons coaching at Maiden High, the state record for wins by a football coach at a single school…also coached three years at Bunker Hill...served as head coach of the North Carolina Shrine Bowl team in 2000…inductee into the NCHSAA Hall of Fame in class of 2010.

Marsha Crump, Freedom
Outstanding basketball and tennis coach at the high school level…achieved the NCHSAA 4-A women’s state basketball championship in 1989, ’94 and ’95 at Freedom…won conference crowns for tennis from 1999 through 2001…coached in multiple all-star games and was named the Associated Press State Coach of the Year in 1995…inductee into the Burke County Sports Hall of Fame.

Marvin “Red” Hoffman, Wilkesboro

Esteemed career as a head football coach and athletic administrator during lengthy career in Wilkes County…graduate of Statesville High and Appalachian State…built formidable football programs during stints at Wilkesboro High (1948-52) and Wilkes Central (1952-76)…achieved a career record of 178-98-7 in addition to winning seven conference titles and the 1962 Western North Carolina High School Activities Association crown…served as athletic director for Wilkes County from 1976 until retirement in 1985…inductee into the NCHSAA Hall of Fame.

Charles “Babe” Howell, Sylva Webster/Avery

Significant contributions to high school athletics in North Carolina, serving as both a football and baseball coach during an outstanding 40-year career…spent 24 years building the athletic program at Sylva-Webster, which later was consolidated into Smoky Mountain…achieved five NCHSAA state championships and amassed an overall football record of 301-121-6…also has one of finest baseball records in state history with an astounding 618 victories to Howell’s name…former president of the North Carolina Coaches Association and inductee into the NCHSAA Hall of Fame.

Bobby Poss, Fayetteville 71st, South View, A.C. Reynolds

Celebrated former football coach at Seventy First, South View and A.C. Reynolds high schools…amazingly led each of his schools to a state football championship, including multiple crowns at two locations (71st in 1984 and ’86, South View in 1991 and A.C. Reynolds in 1999 and 2002)…2010 inductee into the Fayetteville Sports Club Hall of Fame…also coached in North Carolina Coaches Association all-star game in 1988…later coached at collegiate level.

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