More than 400 athletic administrators, spouses, guests, and exhibitors will be attending the 48th annual North Carolina Athletic Directors Association State Conference (NCADA) Saturday through Tuesday (3/30- April 2nd) at the Hotel Ballast in Wilmington, North Carolina. This is the eleventh time the Hotel Ballast (Hilton) has hosted our event.
The state’s largest meeting of high school and middle school athletic directors is co-sponsored by the (NCHSAA) North Carolina High School Athletic Association, the (NIAAA) National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators and the (NFHS) National Federation of State High School Associations.
We will recognize more than 30 athletic administrators at our 18th Annual Awards luncheon on Sunday, 3/31 at noon. The 25th Conference Banquet is scheduled for Monday, 4/1 at 6:30 at the Hotel Ballast Grand Ballroom. We will recognize our Athletic Director of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Jerry McGee Award of Excellence. The banquet will conclude with the Roll of Honor and the induction of five athletic directors into the NCADA Hall of Fame.
Five Named to Join the NCADA Hall of Fame
Five new inductees will be honored by the North Carolina Athletic Directors Association as the 25th class into the NCADA Hall of Fame.
Bobby Hill, Rusty Lee, Larry McDonald, Marc Payne, and Jimmy Tillman are the newest members of the NCADA Hall of Fame. The five will be recognized at the 48th annual North Carolina Athletic Directors Association state conference at the Hotel Ballast in Wilmington. The banquet and induction ceremonies are scheduled for Monday, April 1st at 6:30 pm.
The NCADA Hall of Fame has been established to recognize achievement and excellence for athletic administration. The 2019 class of five brings the total inductees to ninety-seven.
Here is a closer look at this year’s honorees:
Bob Hill was born and raised in the state of Tennessee. He matriculated through the Kingsport City School system until his graduation from Dobyns-Bennett High School in 1984. During his high school career, Bob excelled in athletics in the sports of football and track and field, setting many local, and state records in both sports. His outstanding athletic performances earned him a scholarship to North Carolina Central University where he masterfully was awarded Male Athlete of the Year by the NCCU athletic department. After undergraduate studies, Bob Hill furthered his education by earning his master’s from NCCU in December of 2009. Bob Hill also holds a bachelor’s degree in Theology from United Christian College.
From a humble beginning as a young coach under the tutelage of the late Coach Russell Blunt & Coach Willie Bradshaw. Bob Hill was employed with Durham Public Schools for over 20 years. His coaching/teaching High School career began in 1994 at Hillside High School where he coached Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Cross-Country, and Track & Field for over 20 yrs. He has several noteworthy accomplishments including, 4- NC State Track and Field Coach of the Year Awards (2002-2005), 4- Women’s NC State Track and Field Team Championships (2002-2005) ,5-Women’s NC State Regional Track and Field Team Championships (2001-2005), NCAAHPED Athletic Director of the Year Recipient(2011) , NFHS National Citation award Recipient (2015), NIAAA State Award of Merit Recipient(2010), NCHSAA Charlie Adams Distinguished Service Award Recipient (2016) , NCADA President’s Award Recipient(2015) , PAC 6 Conference President Award Recipient(2015) , and a 3-time inductee into Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Bob has also served as NCADA President (2015), NCADA Co-Chair of LTI Certification Committee(2010-Present) PAC 6 Conference President (2010-2015), NCHSAA Athletic Education Committee (2014), NCAAHPED President-Elect (2018- Present), and a member of the NIAAA National Teaching Faculty (2018-Present)
As the current District Athletic Director in Orange County, Bob Hill oversees all Physical Education K-12 Healthful Living Teachers, Athletic Directors, Coaches, and Sports programs. Bob Hill strongly encourages the athletic departments to work and play with integrity and character, and always emphasizes academics first, athletics second!
Bob Hill is married to his best friend for life, Aronda Marie and is the father of four; Frieda, Cara, Meredith, and Bobby.
Rusty Lee has been an Athletic Director, Teacher, and Coach for 38 years. He was the Athletic Director at Page High School for 27 years. Rusty grew up in Greensboro, playing football, basketball, and baseball at Northeast Guilford High School. In 1980 Rusty earned his undergraduate degree from Elon University and was a 4-year letterman in Baseball. Rusty began his coaching career as an assistant baseball coach at Western Carolina University where he earned his master’s degree in education.
Rusty has taught and coached at Aiken High School (Aiken, SC), Northeast Guilford, Ragsdale, and Southwest Guilford before coming to Page High School as Athletic Director. Rusty has received the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association’s Distinguished Service Award (Anaheim, 2006), and the North Carolina Athletic Directors Association’ Professional Development Leadership Award (Asheville, 2011). Rusty was recognized by the NCHSAA as a “Top 100 Athletic Director in the Last 100 years”. Rusty was the recipient of the “Charlie Adams Distinguished Service Award” given by the NCHSAA. In 2017, the NCADA honored Rusty’s professional development work for NC by renaming the annual NCADA Professional Development Award, the “Rusty Lee Professional Development Award.”
Rusty has served in many athletic leadership positions on the local, state and national level. He served five years on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Athletic Director Association and was President of that organization in 2000. Rusty started the NIAAA’s Leadership Training Program in NC and served as the State Coordinator for 23 years. Rusty is a Certified Athletic Administrator and has been a presenter at numerous state and national conferences. Rusty has served the last 20 years as the National Chair for LTI 502, teaching the class annually at the national conference. Rusty worked as a member of the NIAAA Publication Committee for 15 years, a committee that was responsible for publishing (6 times a year) the NIAAA professional journal the “IAA.” For ten years, Rusty moderated the NIAAA annual – Blue Ribbon Panel Discussion held at the NIAAA/NFHS national conference
Locally, Rusty served on the board of directors for GYSA and Greensboro Youth Baseball and was site coordinator for the American Cancer Society for ten years at the annual “Relay for Life” held at Page High School. Rusty and his wife Beverly have been blessed with two adult children, daughter Maggie Carol son Russell Cole Lee, IV (Cole), and their favorite daughter in law, Karla Barrett. Rusty and Beverly became grandparents in August 2018 with the birth of their granddaughter, Meredith Alyce Lee.
Larry McDonald was born and raised in Fayetteville and the son of the late Mary McDonald. Larry graduated from Fayetteville State University with a bachelor’s in Health and Physical Education. During his time at Fayetteville State University, Larry lettered in two sports; Football and Track/Field and is currently a member of their Athletic Hall of Fame. Dr. Merchant and Dr. Holmes inspired him and convinced him to attend graduate school to work on his masters and doctorate degree at Bowling Green State University. While pursuing higher education, Larry then discovered his passion and acknowledged his talent in coaching. Thereafter under the tutelage of Dr. Wright, Larry became a graduate assistant for track and field and later was hired as an assistant coach. This led to him becoming Head Coach of Track and Field at North Carolina Central University. While at NCCU, Coach McDonald was fortunate to mentor and train many athletes such as Obie Martin, who still holds the high jump record at 7’6”.
Larry transitioned to Enloe High School where he taught and coached. He moved to Winston-Salem State University as an Assistant Professor and Assistant Head Football Coach as well as Head Track coach in 1987. While at Winston Salem State University, they won three football championships. He was hired as the Head Football and Track Coach at EE Smith High School in Fayetteville and as an Assistant Principal, where he won championships in both football and track. He was also named coach of the year on several occasions.
Larry would serve as Assistant Principal and an Interim Principal in Orange County Schools. He served as the Principal of Northwood High School before arriving in Durham Public Schools. He came to Durham Public Schools, as Principal of Southern High School, then served as the Director of Athletics for Durham Public Schools and has overseen numerous renovations projects. He is a Certified Athletic Administrator and has served as the Vice President of the City-County Athletic Director group in North Carolina and has hosted the meeting on several occasions. He has received numerous awards and honors. He has served on the Board of both the North Carolina High School Athletic Association and the North Carolina Athletic Directors Association. Larry also served on the NCADA Blue Ribbon panel, recipient of State Award of Merit, recipient of the Charlie Adams Award, North Carolina NCAAHPERD Lifetime Achievement Award, Strategic Plan committee for the NCHSAA, National Delegate for NCADA, NCADA Leadership Training Institute and facilitator for the LTI courses. Hosted two Regional Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville and re-started the Durham Holiday Classic and Durham County Track and Field Championships; he has developed and implemented a Professional Development plan that led to a pay raise for the Athletic Directors.
Larry is married to Sheila VanHook; they have two children Larry Jr. (Tasmin). and Olivia. He has one granddaughter Taylen. Lary and Sheila have enjoyed watching their children grow up and play high school and college athletics. Their children hold master’s degrees from prestigious universities. His wife Sheila is a retired School Administrator from Orange County Schools. He has four siblings: John, Sharion (deceased), Brenda, and Marcia. He is the Senior Pastor of Allen Chapel AME Church in Roxboro.
Marc Payne was a Teacher, Administrator, Coach, and Athletic Director for 43 years at Beaver Creek, Watauga, and Ashe County High School.
Marc Payne served as Athletic Director at Watauga and then Ashe County from 1992 until his retirement in 2018. He was active across the state with the NCHSAA, the NCADA, and the NCCA serving on the Board of Directors for all three organizations. Payne served as President of the NCADA in 2001-02 and President of the NCCA in 2013-14. He has served on the NCHSAA Nominating Committee for over a decade in addition to serving on the NCHSAA Scholarship, President’s Advisory, and Ad-Hoc Committees. Payne helped found the NC Basketball Coaches Association in 1998 and was that organization’s first President.
Marc has twice been honored with the NIAAA State Award of Merit in 2003 and 2017. In 2007, Payne was named the NCAAE Athletic Director of the Year and was also honored with the NIAAA Distinguished Service Award, making him one of eleven North Carolinians to receive this prestigious award. In 2011, he was named the NCADA Athletic Director of the Year and received the Region 7 Charlie Adams Distinguished Service Award. In 2013, Coach Payne was named to the NCHSAA “One Hundred to Remember: Administrator” highlighting one hundred of the top administrators in NCHSAA history. In 2016, he was awarded the NCADA Region 7 Citation Award, and in 2018, Marc was honored with the NCADA Gerald McGee Award of Excellence.
Marc Payne was the Head Basketball Coach at a trio of NCHSAA schools for a combined 37 years. He coached at Beaver Creek, Watauga, and Ashe County High Schools, posting an overall coaching record of 574-383. During his tenure, his teams won 13 Regular Season Conference Championships (covering five decades) and 7 Conference Tournament Championships. His teams won five sectional championships, appeared in the Western Regionals four times, finished 3rd Place in the 1978 2A State Tournament, and earned 17 Coach of the Year Awards from various organizations. In 1989, Payne coached in the NCCA East-West All-Star Basketball game, and 2001 was the Head Coach of the NC All-Stars in the NC-SC Carolina Classic. In 2015 the NCBCA awarded Coach Payne the first Ron Miller Distinguished Service Award.
Marc Payne will be inducted into three Halls of Fame in 2019: On January 11th, Marc was inducted into the George Whitfield Hall of Fame, and he will be inducted into the NCHSAA Hall of Fame in April.
Jimmy Tillman is presently in his 45th year as an educator. He has been a teacher, coach, Principal, Athletic Director, and mentor. He is presently the County Athletic Director for Wilson County Schools. He is married to Vickie Best Tillman, and they have a daughter Emily Tillman.
Mr. Tillman has served as a Teacher-Coach at Rosewood High School, Lucama High School, Bedingfield High School, and South West High School. During that time, he received Edgecombe County Teacher of the Year. He was selected Football Coach of the Year nine times. His teams won seven Conference Championships, and in 1982 his football team won the NCHSAA Division II Championship. He coached the East-West All-Star Game and was selected to coach the Shrine Bowl game.
Tillman served as Principal of Lucama Elementary School, Darden-Vick Middle School, and Fike High School. During that time, he was chosen Wachovia Principal of the Year and NCHSAA Principal of the Year. He served as a high school basketball official and softball official for 25 years. During that time, he umpired the 4A State Softball Championship Game and officiated two 4A Eastern Regional Championship basketball games.
Tillman has served 20 years as a school and county-wide Athletic Director. During that time, he has served on the NCHSAA Awards Committee, 3 NCHSAA Realignment Committee and Chairman of the NCHSAA Nominating Committee. He was selected Top 100 Athletic Administrators in the history of the NCHSAA and 2012; he was selected North Carolina Athletic Director of the Year.
In 2018, he won the Charlie Adams Distinguished Award. He is also a member of the NCADA and the NIAAA. He has been selected to the Southwest Edgecombe Hall of Fame, Fike High School Hall of Fame, George Whitfield Hall of Fame and the NCHSAA Hall of Fame.
Each new inductee will be introduced by a special video presentation and will receive a commemorative NCADA Hall of Fame ring in honor of the induction. The NCADA Banquet is the highlight of our conference and a great opportunity for former players, coaches, colleagues, and friends to share lasting memories. Please plan to join us in Wilmington as we celebrate the lifetime of achievement and impact these individuals have had on our profession and their communities.