Thursday, February 21, 2008

New class for AD Hall of Fame

Tom Brown of Maiden, and Vicki Hamilton and Joe White of Charlotte will become the newest members of the N.C. Athletics Directors Association Hall of Fame.

The trio will be recognized at the annual NCADA conference at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville at a banquet March 18.

The NCADA Hall of Fame was established to recognize achievement and excellence for athletic administration.

--- Brown is one of the state's most successful high school football coaches, with a career record of 352-117-7, primarily at Maiden High. In addition to coaching, he has served as an athletics director for 40 years.

His Maiden teams have won 21 conference championships and a pair of state titles.

-- Hamilton has been the athletics director for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for 15 years, and she was North Carolina’s first female athletics director for a school system.

She began her career as a teacher and coach at Erwin Junior High in Salisbury and taught and coached at Appalachian State and South Carolina. She joined CMS as a secondary curriculum coordinator, and then served as a principal at four schools before becoming the system athletics director.
Hamilton has been involved with many innovations in Charlotte, including an Emmy-nominated monthly public television show, a high school football internship program with the NFL and the Carolina Panthers, and a seminar for the mothers of high school football players.

-- White’s 37-year career in coaching and education has been spent mostly in Charlotte.

He first coached at North Mecklenburg and then in 1966 became the inaugural football coach and athletics director at Olympic.

After his retirement from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, White was elected to two terms on the Charlotte City Council and is in his fifth year as chairperson of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education.

White has received numerous awards for his service and is the treasurer of the North Carolina School Boards Association, from whom he has received a lifetime achievement award.

-- Cliff Mehrtens