Jan. 5, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. – Former NC State coaches Sam Esposito and Henry Trevathan will be among the eight new members who will be inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame this spring.
Esposito, who coached the NC State baseball program from 1967-87, and Trevathan, who was the football team’s special teams coach from 1986-95, will be inducted into the NCSHOF along with Wilt Browning, Wray Carlton, M. L. Carr, Dr. Jerry McGee, Kristi Overton Johnson and Lennie Rosenbluth. The eight-member class of the NCSHOF will be enshrined at the 49th annual induction banquet the evening of Thursday, May 10, in the main ballroom of the North Raleigh Hilton.
“The achievements of this year’s class of inductees enrich our state’s remarkable sports heritage, and they certainly earned the honor of joining the 281 men and women previously enshrined,” said Dr. Janie Brown, president of the Hall.
Esposito was a legendary high school athlete in the Chicago area, winning Chicago High School Player of the Year honors in football, basketball and baseball as a senior at Fenger High School. He went to Indiana University on a basketball scholarship before joining the Army in 1952. He played Major League Baseball for the Chicago White Sox (1952, 1955-62) and Kansas City Athletics (1963-64). He was a member of the 1959 Go-Go White Sox team that played in the World Series.
Esposito came to NC State in the fall of 1966 as head baseball coach and assistant basketball coach. Prior to his arrival, NC State had won 20 games just once since 1908. During Esposito’s 21 years as head coach, the Wolfpack never suffered a losing season and won a then-program-record 513 games. Esposito coached 69 All-ACC players and seven All-Americans. Twelve of his Wolfpack players went on to play Major League Baseball. Esposito’s second team at NC State won the ACC championship and the NCAA District III title, then finished third at the 1968 College World Series. His teams also took three straight league championships from 1973-1975. He was named ACC Coach of the Year in 1984 and 1986.
During Trevathan’s career, he coached at every level of competition, including midget, junior high, high school junior varsity and varsity, college freshmen, college varsity and professional, and only missed one practice (for a family funeral) in more than a half-century of work. He made his initial mark in the high school ranks, winning three consecutive 4-A state championships from 1967-69 at Wilson Fike High School. He moved to the collegiate ranks in 1970, first at his alma mater, East Carolina from 1970-80; then at Lenoir-Rhyne for the 1981 season; and at Elon from 1982-85.
Trevathan came to NC State as a volunteer assistant coach under Dick Sheridan in 1986 and coached with the Wolfpack for nine seasons. As special teams coach under Sheridan, Trevathan developed five All-ACC kickers and punters, two All-Americans and one Lou Groza Award winner, all of them originally walk-ons at NC State. In retirement, he became a valued volunteer assistant at Bridgewater College in Virginia and was the school’s first recipient of the Soaring Eagle Award. He is a three-time North Carolina Coach of the Year Award winner at the 4-A level.
Ticket information for the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame banquet is available at www.ncsportshalloffame.org or by calling (919) 845-3455.
The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1962. The permanent exhibit is located on the third floor of the North Carolina Museum of History on Jones Street in downtown Raleigh. The exhibit features significant artifacts donated by all the inductees. The museum is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free.