NC State to Establish Athletics Hall of Fame
May 29, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State has established its first-ever Athletics Hall of Fame to celebrate the accomplishments of the university's greatest student-athletes, coaches and special contributors.
The inaugural class will be selected this summer and enshrined during a celebration at Reynolds Coliseum on the evening of Friday, October 5, the night before the Wolfpack's home football game against Florida State.
"Those who appreciate the achievements of NC State athletics will finally have the opportunity to appropriately recognize the individuals who have represented us so well," said NC State director of athletics Deborah A. Yow. "We anticipate a sold-out event at historic Reynolds Coliseum in October."
Tickets for this special event are $75 and may be ordered through the Wolfpack Ticket Office at 919-865-1510 or online at this GoPack.com link. Guests of the black-tie optional event will be treated to a reception where they can meet and mingle with the honorees prior to the star-studded induction ceremony. Complete details will be available in August.
Hall of Fame inductees will also be recognized at halftime of the Wolfpack's home football game against Florida State on Saturday, October 6.
The 14-person Hall of Fame Election Committee has been appointed and will be charged this summer with selecting the inaugural class from more than 12 decades of athletics achievement at NC State. The committee includes five former student-athletes, 11 alumni, 13 Wolfpack Club members, eight North Carolina natives, and one current head coach.
Chris Kingston, executive senior associate athletics director, will chair the committee, which includes four permanent members, 10 at-large members each serving two-year terms and one ex-officio (non-voting) member.
Wolfpack fans are encouraged to submit nominations for outstanding individuals and teams for the committee's consideration here. The deadline for nominations for the 2012 inaugural class is Friday, June 15, 2012.
Election Committee Member Bios
Chris Kingston, Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director (Athletic Director designee): Responsible for day-to-day operations of the football and basketball programs, Kingston also oversees external initiatives, athletics branding and multimedia rights for the athletics department. Other areas of supervision include NCAA compliance, student services and media relations. He serves as the athletics department's liaison to the Wolfpack Club and serves on the Intercollegiate Athletics Cabinet. Kingston, who came to NC State from the United States Military Academy in 2010, received a bachelor's degree from Central Florida and a master's degree from Long Island University.
Dr. Sam Pardue, Faculty Athletics Representative: The head of the NC State Poultry Science Department since 2005 and recognized as an Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor, Pardue has served as the faculty representative for athletics since 2008. The Yadkin County native received his bachelor's degree in poultry science and his master's and doctorate degrees in physiology from NC State and is an accomplished teacher, researcher and speaker in his field.
Randy Ramsey, Wolfpack Club President and NC State Board of Trustees: Founder and owner of Jarrett Bay Boatworks, a sportfishing and motor yacht manufacturer and dealer in Beaufort, N.C., Ramsey has been a lifelong supporter and contributor to NC State University. He currently serves on the NC State University Board of Trustees and the Council on Athletics. The New Bern, N.C., native is a member and former president of the Blue Rock Blue Marlin Tournament board and a member of the North Carolina Manufacturer's Association.
Annabelle Myers, Assistant Athletics Director for Media Relations and Communications: Hired as the director of media relations in 1998, Myers was elevated to assistant athletics director for media relations in 2000. Myers and her staff coordinate all of the media relations and publications for Wolfpack athletics. She graduated magna cum laude from Clemson with a bachelors degree in English and has completed coursework for a master's degree in English.
Chris Corchiani, owner DNJ Gateway Mortgage Bank: The first guard in NCAA history to record 1,000 career assists, Corchiani was an All-ACC point guard and member of the Wolfpack's 1989 ACC regular-season championship team. After playing professionally in the NBA and overseas, he returned to Raleigh and operated several successful businesses. He is currently the president and co-owner of DNJ Gateway Mortgage, which offers home loans and refinance services in six Southeastern states, with offices in Raleigh, Greenville and Wilmington. As a player for legendary head coach Jim Valvano, Corchiani was part of the "Fire & Ice" combo with all-time leading scorer Rodney Monroe. He still ranks among the top five in assists in NCAA history.
H. Frank Grainger, business leader: One of the state's top agribusiness leaders, Grainger is a founding member of the advisory board for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni and Friends Society. He is a member of both the North Carolina Agricultural and Tobacco foundations. He currently serves on the University of North Carolina Board of Governors and has served on the board of directors of the J.C. Raulston Arboretum, the Wolfpack Club and the Research Triangle Foundation. In 1998, Grainger was honored by the NC State Alumni Association with an honorary alumnus degree and, in 2010, Grainger received the prestigious Watauga Medal, the university's highest nonacademic honor for distinguished service.
Laurie Henes, Women's Cross Country Head Coach and Track and Field Assistant Coach: an NCAA Champion in track and field and an All-America honoree in cross country, Henes is one of NC State's most accomplished athletes. In nearly 20 years as a member of the NC State cross country and track and field coaching staffs, Henes has also coached national champions and both academic and athletic All-Americans, including 2011 All-Americans Kenyetta Iyebele and Andie Cozzarelli. She has coached 25 All-Americans in track and 12 in cross country and 27 ACC champions in track and four in cross country.
David Horning (vice chair), retired Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director: Following his NC State football career as a defensive end on the 1979 ACC championship team, Horning joined the athletics department in 1984 as a strength and conditioning coach. Over more than 30 years, he worked his way to second in command under athletics directors Lee Fowler and Debbie Yow. He also served as interim director of athletics. Prior to his retirement in 2011, his duties included supervising daily department operations, football operations, basketball operations, personnel unit support, sports medicine, student services, academic support oversight and service on the Athletics Cabinet.
Kevin Howell, Assistant to the Chancellor for External Affairs: One of 10 executive officers for the University, along with athletics director Yow, Howell serves as the voice of campus communications with state and local government officials and serves as liaison with all state, city and county governmental agencies. A native of Shelby, N.C., Howell received a degree in political science from NC State in 1988 and a law degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. He was elected as NC State's first African-American student-body president in 1988 and served on the NC State Board of Trustees. He has been a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, the North Carolina State Board of Education and the interim associate vice chancellor for alumni relations and executive director of the Alumni Association.
Bob Kennel, retired nuclear engineer: Having played for NC State coaching legends Vic Sorrell, Earle Edwards and Everett Case in the 1950s, Kennel is well-versed in the history of Wolfpack athletics. The New Bern, N.C., native earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in nuclear engineering at State while also playing baseball, basketball and football and earning Academic All-ACC honors. After an accomplished career as a nuclear engineer with the U.S. Air Force and in the private sector, Kennel retired to Holly Springs, N.C., and has been an integral part in the development of the academic support for student-athletes program to benefit current and former NC State student-athletes. He is also a past president of the NC State Alumni Association.
Wendell Murphy, retired farmer, politician and businessman: Former chair of the NC State Board of Trustees and president of the Wolfpack Club, Murphy is one of the school's most generous supporters. A former state representative and senator, the native of Rose Hill, N.C., joined his father in founding the family business in 1962, shortly after his graduation from NC State with a degree in agriculture education. Murphy has been a chief contributor to NC State athletics and academics, providing a naming gift for the Murphy Center football operations center, two Caldwell Scholarships and scholarship funding for the colleges of engineering, humanities and social sciences, education and psychology and natural resources.
Dave Parker, Raleigh businessman: A 1986 NC State graduate and financial planner at IBM, Parker and his wife Jill DeAngelis Parker own a share of Amedeo's Italian Restaurant, the iconic Western Boulevard eatery that was opened in 1963 by former All-ACC lineman Dick "Amedeo" DeAngelis. Through the years, Parker has maintained Amedeo's large collection of Wolfpack photography and memorabilia, which is prominently displayed throughout the restaurant.
Tim Peeler, Media Relations Assistant: The author of three books about NC State basketball and the unofficial historian of Wolfpack athletics, Peeler is a 1987 graduate of NC State with a degree in English (Language-Writing and Editing). Before returning to his alma mater in 2004, he was an award-winning sportswriter for several Carolinas newspapers, including the Raleigh Times, the Salisbury Post, the Durham Herald-Sun and the Greensboro News & Record. The Vale, N.C., native is also a member of the NC State 125th Anniversary Celebration Committee and research working group.
Teri Whyte Scott, Principal of West Edgecombe Middle School: A women's basketball player from 1990-93 under Hall of Fame Coach Kay Yow, Whyte Scott was a member of NC State's 1990 regular-season women's basketball championship team and the '91 ACC tournament champion team. She earned a bachelors degree in education from North Carolina Central. After more than 16 years in the Wake County Public School System, Whyte Scott was named principal of West Edgecombe Middle School in Rocky Mount in October 2011.
Michael Lipitz, Senior Associate Athletics Director for Administration: Since joining Yow's administrative staff in June, 2011, Lipitz has supervised NC State's personnel unit, facilities, operations and events unit, and the Wolfpack women's basketball, volleyball and men's and women's tennis programs. He also serves as the department's liaison with campus administration, the office of general counsel, and the Atlantic Coast Conference administration. He is a member of the Athletics Cabinet and participates in financial and capital planning deliberations.