Legendary local coaches represented by families at NCHSAA Hall of Fame ceremony

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The annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremonies were held at the Friday Center on the campus of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill on Saturday, with a large crowd on hand to welcome the newest class to the hall of fame.

NCHSAA Commissioner Davis Whitfield served as master of ceremonies and deputy commissioner Que Tucker interviewed each of the inductees on stage after a video biography was shown.

Front row, from left-to-right:  Moyer Smith, Phyllis Miller, representing Joe Miller; Judy Holley, representing Jack Holley; and Dave Odom; back row: Chris Norman, Ralph Holloway; NCHSAA Commissioner Davis Whitfield, who introduced each inductee; Rick Strunk and Jerry Winterton.   Photo courtesy- John Bell
Pictured, front row, from left: Moyer Smith, Phyllis Miller, representing Joe Miller; Judy Holley, representing Jack Holley; and Dave Odom. Back row: Chris Norman, Ralph Holloway; NCHSAA Commissioner Davis Whitfield; Rick Strunk and Jerry Winterton. Photo courtesy John Bell.

Two of the inductees were posthumous, with the late Jack Holley represented by his wife Judy and family, while the late Joe Miller was represented by his wife Phyllis and family.

The NCHSAA Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to high school athletics in North Carolina. This marks the 28th induction class for the NCHSAA Hall of Fame, which now numbers 163. Each new inductee received a commemorative NCHSAA Hall of Fame ring in honor of the induction.

Miller made his mark at New Hanover High School in Wilmington where he was head football coach for 20 years, compiling a 186-56-1 mark with nine conference titles. He also coached New Hanover to two slow pitch softball state championships. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the NCHSAA as well as the North Carolina Coaches Association and was president of the N.C. Athletic Directors Association.

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Holley won more high school football games as a head coach than any other coach in North Carolina history. He coached for 46 years at a variety of stops, including two major stints at Wallace-Rose Hill along with Tabor City, Hallsboro, West Columbus and South Columbus. His teams won 412 games during his coaching career.

Other inductees include Ralph Holloway, Chris Norman, Dave Odom, Rick Strunk and. Jerry Winterton.