GUILFORD COUNTY SPORTS HALL OF FAME SELECTS 12 FOR CLASS OF 2023
GREENSBORO – The Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame added 12 new
members with the Class of 2023 announced Wednesday.
There are 10 laureates plus two members of the Legends Class for those
This is the 18th class of athletes, coaches and contributors to be inducted
into the Hall, which was created in 2005. It increases the membership to 197.
The newest inductees were introduced at a press conference at the
Greensboro Coliseum. GCSHOF Board Chairman Bryan Norris presented a check
for $1,000 to Beyond Sports, a Greensboro nonprofit. Norris also announced the
creation of a scholarship fund which will award graduating student-athlete seniors
with $1,000 towards their college tuition. The GCSHOF will begin taking
applications in August.
The induction reception and banquet will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at
the Coliseum. Tickets for the reception and banquet are $90 and tables for 10 are
$900. They will be available online at the GCSHOF website (gcshof.org).
Biographies of the Class of 2023 follow in alphabetical order:
The basketball court at High Point Central is named in Kenny Carter’s honor
following a 24-year coaching career in which his girls teams compiled an overall
record of 573-125 and won five NCHSAA state titles (1993, 1997, 1999, 2001,
2002). His resume also includes 14 conference championships, 15 tournament
championships and 10 undefeated seasons in conference play. He was selected as
the North Carolina Associated Press Coach of the Year in 1997 and 2002. His
teams posted four 30-win seasons, 20 seasons of 20 wins or more, and 41 of his
high school players were awarded college scholarships. Carter is also the founder
and director of Xpress Travel Ball, which has sent more than 100 players to the
college ranks. A native of High Point, Carter played multiple prep sports and went
on to star in baseball at High Point College. A four-year starting Panthers infielder,
he twice earned All-Carolinas Conference honors and was named NAIA secondteam All-America as a senior in 1982. He earned all-tournament honors at the
1979 NAIA National Championships, where he helped High Point to a secondplace finish. Carter’s HPC teams posted an overall record of 110-61-1 while
winning three Carolinas Conference titles. He played one year of minor league
baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals organization before embarking on his
successful career as an educator and coach. Carter was inducted into the High
Point Central Hall of Fame in 2017.
Dr. Snow Brenner Daws
Snow Brenner ranked among the region’s top female soccer and basketball
players during her high school days at High Point Central, but many in Guilford
County remember her best as a trailblazer on the gridiron. One of the first female
athletes to play high school football in North Carolina, she achieved all-conference
honors as a placekicker in her senior year, when she kicked the game-winning
field goal in the Regional Championship to advance the Bison to the State Finals.
She became the first female in North Carolina to play in a state championship
football game. Brenner set a national record for points scored by a female and
became the first female to win a National Football Foundation College Hall of
Fame Scholarship. In 2012 – more than 15 years after her graduation – she was
rated the fourth-best female kicker in high school history. As a five-sport athlete
at High Point Central, Brenner also put up staggering numbers on the soccer field,
where she was twice all-conference and all-region, and earned all-region honors
in basketball. A two-time soccer team MVP and captain at Central, she went on to
play soccer for four years at Duke University, earned her medical degree from the
Wake Forest University Bowman Gray School of Medicine and is now a practicing
orthopedic surgeon at Orthopedic Surgery Foot and Ankle Fellowship at UCDavis/Reno Orthopedic Clinic. She was inducted into the George Whitfield Hall of
Fame in 2022.
Starring at Dudley High and as a Junior Olympian, Pam Doggett established
herself as one of the nation’s top teenage sprinters of the 1980s. An eight-time
high school state champion who set six meet records, she was named the North
Carolina High School Athletic Association Female Athlete of the Year in 1986 (for
all sports), as well as the North Carolina Gatorade Track & Field Girls Athlete of
the Year. The MVP of the 1986 3A/4A Championships, Doggett’s state records
included an all-class record in the 300-meter hurdles that stood for 25 years and
a 1986 USATF National Junior Olympic 4×100 relay mark with three Dudley
teammates that stood for two decades. She was also the in the Junior Olympic
100-meter hurdles in 1983 and 1986 and in the 1983 heptathlon. Doggett also
made her mark at the international level in 1984 when she finished second at the
USATF Juniors in the heptathlon, which qualified her for Team USA in the Pan
American Junior Championships. That made her the first-ever Guilford County
USATF athlete to qualify and compete in international competition. She placed
third at the 1984 Pan Am Juniors Championship. Doggett was honored as one of
“100 to Remember” at the NCHSAA Centennial Celebration in 2013 and inducted
into the North Carolina High School Track and Field Hall of Fame Class of 2023.
Doggett currently works as a transportation director and received her bachelor’s
degree in theology from Living Epistle Bible College 2 earlier this month.
Mike Elkins starred in three sports at Greensboro’s Grimsley High School,
earning all-conference in baseball and basketball in 1983 and in football,
basketball and baseball as a senior the following year. He earned honorable
mention All-State from the Greensboro News and Record that senior season and
chose nearby Wake Forest to continue his collegiate academic and athletic
careers. Elkins started three years at quarterback for the Demon Deacons and
graduated as the program’s all-time leading passer with 7,304 yards and 43
touchdowns. His name remains among the top 10 of most Wake Forest career
passing records. Elkins was voted the 1986 North Carolina College Football Player
of the Year by the Raleigh Sports Club. He was the team MVP as a senior and
received the Arnold Palmer Award as top male athlete at Wake Forest. Elkins
played in the 1989 East-West Shrine Bowl and Senior Bowl and was voted team
captain of both squads. He was chosen in the second round of the 1989 NFL Draft
by the Kansas City Chiefs and played four seasons with the Chiefs, Browns and
Oilers. He also played for the Sacramento Surge (World League) in the spring of
1991, passing for 2,068 yards and 13 touchdowns in 10 games. Inducted into the
Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame in 2022, Elkins has built a successful career in
medical device sales and sales leadership over the past 30 years. He and his wife
Stefini currently reside in Northwest Arkansas home.
Basketball has truly been a focal point of Adell Harris’ life. The High Point
native made her mark as one of the state’s premier high school basketball players
at Andrews in the late ‘90s, continued to star as a collegian at Wake Forest and
then parlayed her love for the game into a successful career as a coach and
administrator. Harris earned all-conference honors each of her four years at
Andrews and was a two-time conference player of the year. An All-State player as
senior, she was named the Guilford County Player of the Year in 1998 and earned
MVP honors at the North Carolina East-West All-Star Game. Harris finished her
high school career with 1,746 points. But her well-rounded game consisted of
more than scoring, as Harris twice handed out a Joel Coliseum-record 10 assists
while at Wake Forest and ranked 10th on the Demon Deacons’ all-time assist list
upon graduation. Harris served as head coach at Tusculum from 2009-12, where
she compiled a 61-30 record over three seasons and led her team to the NCAA
Division II tournament each year. Following a five-year stint as head coach at
UNC Wilmington, Harris began a second career as a public speaker and then
returned to the game in 2019 as the Vanderbilt University men’s basketball chief
of staff. She was inducted into the High Point Andrews Hall of Fame in 2015.
Pat Hester is recognized throughout Guilford County and statewide as a
pioneer, role model and guiding force in the development of high school women’s
athletics. She graduated from High Point Central in 1955, at a time when
women’s sports were not a universal part of every curriculum, but she was able to
participate in volleyball, basketball, softball and track and field. She played
basketball for four years at High Point College before beginning a remarkable
coaching career at her high school alma mater that spanned more than three
decades. Between 1960 and 1982, Hester guided her basketball teams to a
cumulative 250-79 record. Her volleyball teams stood 96-62 over 14 seasons, and
her softball teams were 149-64 over 13 years (according to limited records that
were kept at the time). When girls’ sports became organized during the 1970s,
Hester’s basketball teams won multiple conference championships and three
regional titles. Hester also made huge contributions behind the scenes when she
guided High Point Central through its compliance with Title IX, providing input
and writing many policies, procedures and regulations. She created a Women’s
Sports Day in High Point that was replicated by many other schools and
communities. Inducted into High Point Central’s inaugural sports hall of fame
class of 2013, Hester now devotes much of her time to volunteering with Mobile
Meals, Open Door Ministries and the Red Cross.
Dr. William E. Moran
In 1979, UNC Greensboro faced an uncertain future in athletics. Then Dr.
William E. (Bill) Moran accepted an appointment as the chancellor and the
uncertainty became a vision. Under his guidance, a strong Division III program
was put into place as an athletics foundation, leading to national championships
in men’s soccer and an excellent women’s basketball program. When Nelson Bobb
was hired as athletics director, Moran convinced him that the school should
pursue Division I status. Distinguished coaches were hired, including Mike
Berticelli and Michael Parker in men’s soccer and Lynne Agee in women’s
basketball. The Spartans completed the transition to Division I in 1991 and
athletics have flourished ever since, including hosting the NCAA Division I
women’s soccer championships in 1997 and 1998. Moran was born in White
Plains, NY, of Irish immigrants. He earned degrees from Princeton, Harvard and
Michigan, served on a destroyer in the Navy and had a long career in academics
before serving UNCG from 1979-94.
At High Point Andrews, the name Shannon Pope became synonymous with
state championship. He was a member of eight state champion teams – two in
wrestling, one in football, one in indoor track and four in outdoor track.
Individually, he won the pole vault, both indoors and outdoors, in 1991 and 1992.
In the 1992 outdoor State Meet, Pope set a then-state record vault of 15 feet, 3
inches and was a member of the Andrews teams that won the 4×100 meter and
4×400 meter relays. He was named a Gatorade Academic All-American. Pope
attended UNC Chapel Hill on a track scholarship, was a four-time ACC champion
in the pole vault and named All-American three times. He was a captain on the
UNC team that finished fourth in the NCAA Championship. Pope graduated from
UNC in 1996 and coached track there for five years. Ever the competitor, he
competed for many years in the extreme sport of Hydrofoiling, ranking in the top
five in the world.
Billy Quick (Legends Class)
Billy Quick became involved in Special Olympics at the age of 8, beginning a
long association with that group until his passing in 2016. He never met a
challenge he couldn’t conquer, competing in marathons, cycling, softball and
basketball as a Special Olympics athlete. He served on its Board of Directors on
the state and national levels. He traveled the world as a Special Olympics
ambassador and speaker, including Greece, China and the Netherlands. Among
Quick’s many accomplishments, he competed in 10 marathons, with a best time
of 3 hours, 10 minutes; cycled in the World Ride from Los Angeles to Washington;
cycled in the Face of America Ride, a 3-day event from New York to Washington;
received the US Special Olympics Male Athlete of the Year award; was in national
advertising campaigns for “Got Milk”; appeared in Time Magazine in 2001 at the
White House; and worked for the High Point Parks and Recreation Department for
23 years. At High Point Central High School, Quick lettered for four years in cross
country, wrestling, indoor track and outdoor track.
When he was in high school in Chapel Hill, David Sanford was introduced to
soccer by players at UNC, including future legend Anson Dorrance. Sanford took
to the sport right away, leading Chapel Hill High School to the state championship
in 1972 when he scored the only goal in the title game. He went on to play at
Brevard, was an graduate assistant at Appalachian and UNCG, and became head
coach at Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point in 1983. In 18 years there, his
teams won nine state titles, including six in a row from 1990-95. Sanford’s teams
compiled an overall record of 288-67-34 and were ranked sixth in the nation in
1994 and ninth in 1998 by the National Soccer Coaches Association. He won
many conference and regional coaching awards and was named National Coach of
the Year for private and parochial schools in 1994. Sanford coached club soccer
teams in Greensboro and High Point for many years and coached the Charlotte
Eagles pro and youth teams. His work has led to travels to 20 countries helping to
train coaches to instruct and assist at-risk youth through soccer.
John Wesley Wright Sr. (Legends Class)
John Wesley Wright Sr. was one of those drawn to coaching young people.
He graduated from Dudley High School and later served in World War II, winning
numerous medals. Beginning in 1965, he began a 30-year association coaching
the Bluford Blues youth baseball program. The Blues once compiled a 48-game
winning streak and in 1968 they became the first African-American team to win
the Greensboro city championship. Wright was a lifetime member of the Board of
Management at Hayes-Taylor YMCA, where he was twice named Man of the Year.
He received several service awards and was inducted into the Hayes-Taylor Hall of
Fame. Wright passed away in 2011 and the Greensboro Parks and Recreation
Department honored him with his name on the Penn-Wright baseball stadium in
Back in the early 1970s when media coverage of high school and women’s
basketball was minimal, Susan Yow couldn’t be overlooked. At Gibsonville High
she was all-conference and all-state, averaging 22 points and 12 rebounds as a
junior, 29 points as a senior and had her No. 14 jersey retired. At Elon, coached
by her older sister Kay, she led her team to the state AIAW championship two
years. Transferring to NC State to play for Kay, Susan led the team in scoring,
rebounding, field goal percentage and free throw percentage, setting a stillstanding school record of 27 rebounds in one game. Her accolades include being
selected to the first two Eastman Kodak All-America teams, the ACC’s 50th
anniversary women’s basketball team and the list of the North Carolina High
School Athletic Association’s top 100 female athletes. Along the way she also
found time to play volleyball at Elon and NC State. Yow compiled an extensive
coaching career that included experience internationally with three U.S. teams
that won gold medals, professionally as an assistant in the WNBA and in college
at seven schools as head coach. She was named to the North Carolina Sports Hall
of Fame in 2016. Susan joins her sisters, Kay and Debbie, as members of the
Mr. Pop Wright was more than a coach he’s was a father figure to most. Best baseball coach I’ve ever had. Wow congratulations well deserved. Bluford Blues and Home Federal.
I can still remember the old Police Club, Home Federal, the Oddfellows, and the Bluford Blues…those were some real good teams back then….
I loved those old teams from back in those days and some of them that I remember are the Nuckles Restaurant team, Forbis and Dick, Jefferson Standard, McDonald’s and I liked the old Guilford College teams like the Guilford College Red Sox.
The youth baseball in this town has not been the same since Bill Britt and Wayne Butler left us. Wayne ran the programs for many years, and he made baseball in this town top notch. Since those guys left, it has all gone downhill.
They don’t make them like Wayne Butler and Bill Britt any more.
But we do still have the memories. Long live teams like the Bluford Blues, and I used to love to watch the blind umpire, Mr. Apple call the games. He never missed a call. They don’t make them like him no more either.