CHAPEL HILL - The North Carolina High School Athletic Association presented special awards at the virtual regional meetings that were completed this week.
Commissioner Que Tucker and Assistant Commissioner Tra Waters presented both the Charlie Adams Distinguished Service Awards and the Special Person awards to recipients in each region.
The Charlie Adams Distinguished Service Awards, named for the Association’s late, long-time Executive Director, are given per region and go to a person with at least 10 years of experience in education and athletics who is still active in the field and has regularly gone “above and beyond” the call of duty at both the local and the state level. The Special Person award is similar but may go to a contributor to the NCHSAA who is not directly in coaching or education.
Special Person Award: Mark Lackey – President – NC Golf Coaches Association
Mark Lackey earned a Bachelor of Business Technology Degree from Appalachian State University in 1988, then going to Lenoir-Rhyne University where he earned his teaching certification. Lackey began teaching at Lincolnton High School in August of 1990, serving as an assistant Football Coach, Head JV Boys Basketball Coach, and Head JV Baseball Coach. After that year he moved to East Lincoln High School and taught and coached there for the next 12 years. He was again an assistant football coach, head women’s varsity basketball coach for 5 Years, and became the schools head men’s golf coach for the next 12 years.
In August of 2003, Lackey moved to North Lincoln High School, wanting to experience the excitement of opening a school, both academically and athletically. He started the women’s basketball program and the men’s and women’s golf programs. In the second year at the school, he became the school’s Athletic Director and remained in that position until 2009. In the spring of 2009 and 2010, the North Lincoln men’s golf team won back-to-back State Titles and finished runner up the next 3 years. He remained North Lincoln’s men’s golf coach until his retirement in the spring of 2020. He also stepped back into the role of Athletic Director again from 2017 to 2019 and resumed the role of women’s varsity basketball during those same two years. He is still active with the NCHSAA State Golf Championships for both men’s and women’s teams and has been serving in that role since 2015.
Other winners of the “Special Person Award” were Robin Forehand – Regional Supervisor for the Northeastern Officials Association; Tim Foster – Principal at Southwest Onslow HS; Edna Parker – Secretary of the Tar Roanoke Conference; Sam Guy – Baseball Coach at Terry Sanford HS; Scott Ellis – Baseball Coach at South View HS; Mike Cook – Athletic Director at High Point Central HS; Jason Bryant – Cross Country Coach at Surry Central HS and Blair King – Assistant Principal at Franklin HS.
Winners of the Charlie Adams Distinguished Service Award were Phil Woolard - Athletic Director at Riverside-Martin HS; Jimmy Fletcher - Athletic Director atWest Brunswick HS; Mike Joyner, Athletic Director at Wake Forest HS; Will Gage - Athletic Director at Harnett Central HS; Courtney Paschal – Athletic Director at Rockingham County HS; Todd Bell – Athletic Director at West Rowan HS; Jeff Church – Athletic Director for Caldwell County Schools and Frank Maennle – Athletic Director at Andrews HS. (Published October 8, 2021)