Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Hardin honored, humbled by HOF induction

Providence Day football coach Bruce Hardin said being named to the N.C. High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame is one of the best things that’s ever happened to him.

Hardin, who will turn 65 next week, is part of the 23rd group of inductees to join the hall, which has 125 members. He will be inducted with Brad Faircloth of Greensboro, Gilbert Ferrell of Wilson, Jim Maxwell of Durham, Vickie Peoples of Raleigh, Pete Stout of Salisbury and Carolyn Shannonhouse of Cary.

The new inductees will be honored during a special halftime ceremony Nov. 14, when Miami visits North Carolina for a college football game at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill.

Hardin is the fifth Mecklenburg County inductee, joining longtime CMS AD and Harding coach Dave Harris (1987), Myers Park football coach Gus Purcell (1995), trainer Elton Hawley (2007) and longtime Myers Park track coach Stuart Allen (2007).

“To be associated with the people that are in (the Hall) is quite an honor,” Hardin said. “It’s very humbling. It says I’ve been fortunate in my life and career to be around great coaches, administrators and players.”

Hardin graduated from Chase High in Forest City and Appalachian Sate. In Hardin's 27-year coaching career, his teams won two state championships and were state runners-up three times. Hardin coached at Olympic, Harding, West Charlotte, Kannapolis Brown, Providence and Marvin Ridge. He was also an assistant at The Citadel and Army.

“To list all the people that have helped me would take an hour,” Hardin said. “I’m lucky to have lived this long and this is one of the best things that’s ever happened to me. So you give thanks to all the good people you’ve worked with. They’ve had so much to do with all the good things that have happened to me.”

-- The other area inductee, Stout, was 234-63-14 in 28 years as a head football coach, winning two 3A state championships and coaching at Altamahaw, Western Alamance, Salisbury Boyden, Burlington Williams and Morganton Freedom. At Williams, Stout's teams once won 43 straight games, then a state record. A member of the Rowan County and Catawba College Sports Halls of Fame, Stout, coached at Catawba College, where he was a four-year letterman in baseball and football as a player.

-- Langston Wertz Jr.


Anonymous said...

Pete Stout is/was the best high school football coach EVER in the State of North Carolina.

This honor is long overdue for a great coach a great family man.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Coach Hardin! It's a pleasure to be one of your former players. I learned a lot from you not only on the playing field but off the field as a man. Thank You!

Anonymous said...

Hardin has been coaching longer than 27 yrs. He was Joe Whites assistant in 1968 when Olympic opened. Thats 41 years in coaching and we dont know where he was at before OHS but he grad from ASU in 1966.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Coach! I am so happy for you ..... You deserve it! Wishing you enough... and more!