Guilford College legend Herb Appenzeller headed to the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame


GREENSBORO, N.C. – *Former Guilford College coach, professor and administrator *Dr. Herb Appenzeller *was selected for induction into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame Monday. *Appenzeller *joins former football coaching standout Jim Donnan, National Football League greats Don McCauley and Mike Quick, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill soccer All-American Carla Overbeck, UNC field hockey coach Karen Shelton and amateur golfer Paul Simson as the hall’s newest class.

In nearly 40 years at Guilford College, *Appenzeller’s *work as a professor and administrator produced countless scholars, athletes and leaders in their fields. Guilford’s Jefferson-Pilot professor of sport studies emeritus, he served as a professor, coach, dean of students and, for 31 years, as the Quakers’ athletic director. During his tenure, Guilford captured national
titles in men’s basketball (1973) and women’s tennis (1981). It was*Appenzeller’s *vision that provided the impetus for the college to create one of the nation’s first majors in sport management in the early 1980s. At the time, there were roughly 20 such programs across the nation, and Guilford’s was one of the first anywhere with a focus at the undergraduate level.

A nationally respected author and consultant in the fields of sports law and risk management, *Appenzeller *has conducted reviews and made presentations for hundreds of colleges, universities and other organizations nationwide. He is a member of no fewer than seven halls of fame, including the NACDA (National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics) Hall of Fame, the Guilford College Athletics Hall of Fame and the Wake Forest University Athletics Hall of Fame. The game field of Guilford’s Armfield Athletic Center was renamed Herb Appenzeller Field in 2006.

*Appenzeller *played football at Wake Forest for N.C. Sports Hall of Famer Peahead Walker and played in the first Gator Bowl where Wake defeated South Carolina, 26-14. He graduated from Wake Forest in 1948 and subsequently earned a master’s degree from Wake Forest and a doctorate in education administration from Duke University.

*Appenzeller *came to Guilford in 1956 following eight years as a coach, teacher and director of athletics at Rolesville (N.C.) High School, Wakelon (N.C.) High School and Chowan College. He joins golf coach *Jack
Jensen,*former athletic director *Marion Kirby *and former men’s basketball coach *Jerry Steele *as Guilford
staffers enshrined in the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame.* Dave Odom ’65*,* Rick Ferrell ’28*, *Tom Zachary ’18* and *Bob Jamieson ’33 *are Guilford alumni among the 267 Hall of Fame members.

*Appenzeller *and his wife, *Ann*, live in Summerfield, N.C.

Established in 1963, the state’s Hall of Fame is housed on the third floor of the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. *Appenzeller *and the other inductees will be honored May 13 at the 47th annual induction banquet in
Raleigh. Banquet ticket information is available from or by dialing 919-845-3455.

Dave Walters
Guilford College Athletics

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  1. Dr. Appenzeller is single handedly responsible for the success of many professionals in the sport management industry. I had the honor and privilege of being one of his students at Appalachian State in the graduate program for sport management. I am honored to say that I was one of his students. His expertise in the sport law and risk management field is second to nobody. Dr. A has left an indellible mark on many people’s lives and for that will garner and deserve every accolade he has and will continue to receive. Thanks Dr. A!

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