CHAPEL HILL â€“ A new executive director and a handful of minor changes to the sports landscape were handled Wednesday at the close of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Board of Directorsâ€™ three-day winter meeting.
The meeting concluded with a press conference where executive director-elect Davis Whitfield, currently associate commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference, was introduced. Whitfield spoke about continuing the NCHSAAâ€™s legacy of service and leadership while continuing to build relationships and develop consensus.
The Board also took actions honoring retiring executive director Charlie Adams. The main conference room in the Terrell Building has been named the Charlie Adams Conference Room. A Distinguished Service Award for regional meetings, one per region, was established to start in the fall of 2010, and the Most Valuable Player award given in the boys basketball championships will be named in his honor.
Also, Brooks Matthews, principal at Triton High School, was named as vice-president of the Board to replace former Trinity and Wheatmore leader Daryl Barnes, who is retiring.
Among other items approved by the Board:
â€“ a committee will be convened to study size of playoff brackets in all sports, number of games, etc., to report to Board at May meeting with recommendations
â€“ the MVP awards given for girls basketball championships will be named in memory of Kay Yow
â€“ approved a change in policy in all sports: If a team is disqualified due to an ineligible player after the first round of the playoffs and won the opening-round game, the losing team will advance in its place
â€“ approved lacrosse playoff structure: 32-team bracket for men, 24 for women