05/30/04 — Two coaches win Homer Thompson awards

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Two coaches win Homer Thompson awards

By News-Argus Staff
Published in Sports on May 30, 2004 2:00 AM

CHAPEL HILL-- Two area high school coaches were among the eight coaches honored by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association at the NCHSAA's Annual Meeting at the Lawrence Joel Veteran Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem.

The coaches -- Goldsboro High School girls basketball coach Gladys McClary and North Johnston girls golf coach P{hil Pittman -- were selected for the Homer Thompson Memorial Eight Who Make a Difference award. The award is named in honor of the late Homer Thompson, the long-time Winston-Salem Parkland coach and member of the NCHSAA Hall of Fame.

The winners were chosen by a special committee based on nominations from the member schools. They received the awards from NCHSAA associate executive director Que Tucker as part of the Association's student services program.

"These coaches provide excellent role models with their positive approach," said NCHSAA executive director Charlie Adams.

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association also recognized a number of people in honor of the Association's 90th anniversary at the NCHSAA Annual Meeting last week at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

These individuals were recognized for their long-term contributions to high school athletics and the NCHSAA.

"We are always glad to recognize those who give so much for the student-athletices of North Carolina," said Adams. "The 90 whom we have honored during the course of this 90th anniversary have helped the Association in so many different ways. They've been coaches, athletic directors, principals, superintendents, media, or others who have served on committees, helped run championships, been members of our Board or committees-they've done just about anything that could be done with the NCHSAA. We are proud to honor them."

Area sports persons honored include Goldsboro native George Whitfield, former Wayne County Public Schools athletic director Dave Thomas, Greene Central High School athletic director James "Rabbit" Fulghum, South Lenoir coach and principal Tom Salter, and Wilson Fike coach and principal Jimmy Tillman.