Friday, September 5, 2008

Region's athletic officials to meet in Wilmington

The N.C. High School Athletic Association will host an annual gathering of state association officials from across the Southeast starting Saturday and running through Tuesday.

The meeting of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Section 3 will be headquartered at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside.

States that are included in Section 3 are the two Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee.

The impending arrival of Tropical Storm Hanna in the area has caused some cancellations, but most of the participants will be on hand.

Attendees will participate in workshops on Saturday and Sunday and then will hear from an array of speakers on Monday and Tuesday.

Speakers on Monday will include N.C. State athletics director Lee Fowler; East Carolina athletics director Terry Holland; ACC Commissioner John Swofford; and N.C. Board of Education chairman Howard Lee.

Tuesday morning's speakers are scheduled to be North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams and Dave Odom, the former basketball coach at Wake Forest and South Carolina.

Williams and Odom coached at NCHSAA high schools before starting careers in college.

The sessions will address issues or topics specific to state high school associations and their working with various organizations.

Bob Kanaby, executive director of the National Federation, and Jim Tenopir, president of the NFHS this year and executive director of the Nebraska Schools Activities Association, will also address the gathering.

-Observer News Services