NWG’s Joyner, FOX8’s Connolly and former SEG/Dudley AD Turner to be honored by NCHSAA

Posted by Andy Durham on May 4, 2009 at 12:50 pm under High School | Read the First Comment

NWG’s Darlene Joyner, FOX8’s Kevin Connolly and former SEG AD Roy Turner to receive special NCHSAA awards this Thursday.

Northwest Guilford’s own Darlene Joyner will be honored as the Doris Howard Female Coach of the Year at the NCHSAA Annual meeting in Chapel Hill this Thursday, May 6th. Please read more below.


CHAPEL HILL — Coaches, administrators and media representatives will be among those receiving awards on Thursday, May 7, when the North Carolina High School Athletic Association holds its 2009
Annual Meeting.

The event is scheduled for the Dean E, Smith Center on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the day after the
spring meeting of the NCHSAA’s Board of Directors has concluded.

The Association annually presents these statewide awards in several different categories, all based on those “who have done the most for high school athletics” rather than a single accomplishment or having an outstanding won-loss record. All state winners are previous regional award winners, and the regional awards are actually voted on by school administrators and coaches in the respective regions.

The awards are named in memory or in honor of outstanding individuals in each category, three of whom are current members of the NCHSAA Hall of Fame.

The state winners for 2009 include:

€ Doris Howard Female Coach of the Year: Darlene Joyner of Northwest Guilford graduated from Guilford College after attending Northwest Guilford. A two-sport standout in volleyball and basketball at Guilford, where she is in the Guilford Sports Hall of Fame, she has been a very successful head coach in volleyball, softball, cross country and women’s basketball coach at her high school alma mater. Her teams have earned conference crowns in several different sports and her slow-pitch softball team won a state championship in 1996.

€ Dave Harris Athletic Director of the Year: Roy Turner of Wilmington’s Ashley High School took over as athletic director at the Wilmington school in 2006 after eight years at Southeast Guilford. Prior to that he served at Greensboro Dudley as both athletic director and head baseball coach. He is a past president of the North Carolina Athletic Directors Association and has also been a high school and collegiate basketball game official.

€ Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year: Kevin Connolly of WGHP-TV in High Point has done a terrific job covering high school athletics across the state after beginning his broadcasting career at FOX8 in 1986. He is currently sports anchor and reporter for the station’s news at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. He helped start the popular FOX8 Prep Profile segment which highlights area high school athletes for their accomplishments on the field or court as well as in the classroom.

  • nwbasketball insider said,

    Coach Joyner is an excellent choice for female coach of the year. Not only does she have an excellent basketball program at Northwest, but leads one of the top volleyball programs in the state year in and year out.
    Her dedication is amazing and the bond she shares with her players makes her the coach she is. She is a huge asset to Northwest Guilford High School and is definitely deserving of this award. Way to go Coach Joyner!!