Sloan, Holt highlight second NC State Hall of Fame class
Posted May 13, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — The second class of the NC State Athletic Hall of Fame includes two coaches and Wolfpack eight athletes who distinguished themselves nationally in baseball, basketball, football, swimming, track and cross country and wrestling.
The 10 honorees will be enshrined at the second Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Reynolds Coliseum on Nov. 22. They will also be honored at halftime of the NC State-East Carolina football game the next day.
Those elected are football coach Earle Edwards, men’s basketball coach Norm Sloan, men’s basketball players Tommy Burleson and Ronnie Shavlik, women’s basketball player Andrea Stinson, baseball pitcher Mike Caldwell, football player Torry Holt, national championship distance runner Betty Springs Geiger, four-time All-American and former national champion swimmer Steve Gregg and national champion wrestler Sylvester Terkay.
Philip Rivers, the starting quarterback for the NFL’s San Diego Chargers, was elected by the committee, but will defer until a later class when his schedule allows him to attend the induction.
“NC State Athletics has a history that is rich with national champions, elite coaches and world class athletes,” said NC State director of athletics Deborah A. Yow. “Clearly, our second-ever Hall of Fame class represents the best of each. I commend our election committee for doing the difficult work of narrowing a deep and talented pool of deserving nominees to our remarkable group of inductees.”
Both Edwards and Sloan were trailblazers during their NC State coaching careers.
Edwards (1954-70) led the Pack to five ACC championships, the school’s first bowl victory (14-7 over Georgia in the 1967 Liberty Bowl) and the highest national ranking in school history (No. 2 on Nov. 1, 1967). He coached All-Americans Dick Christy, Roman Gabriel, Dennis Byrd, Don Montgomery, Fred Combs, Gerald Warren, Ron Carpenter and Cary Metts and won more games than any football coach in NC State history.
He willing played away from campus to raise money to build a replacement for the aging Riddick Stadium. His efforts led to the construction of Carter-Finley Stadium, which opened in 1966 during the height of Edwards’ success, after he led the Pack to three consecutive ACC titles from 1963-65.
Indianapolis-native Sloan was a three-sport athlete at NC State (1946-49) who was among the original “Hoosier Hotshots” recruited by head coach Everett Case to build a basketball powerhouse. He later became the men’s basketball coach from 1966-80 and led his alma mater to its first national championship and ended UCLA’s college basketball dynasty, thanks to the play of two of the All-Americans and fellow Hall of Famers he recruited to NC State, forward David Thompson and center Tommy Burleson.
In all, Sloan guided the Wolfpack to three ACC tournament titles, the school’s only undefeated season (27-0 in 1972-73) and a runner-up finish in the 1978 National Invitation Tournament. He was also named ACC coach of the year three times, as well as the Southern Conference and Southeastern Conference coach of the year and earned several national coach of the year awards.
Thompson was an inaugural inductee into the hall of fame in 2012 and Burleson joins Sloan in the second class. The 7-foot-2 ½ center from Newland, N.C., won back-to-back Everett Case Awards as the ACC Tournament’s Most Valuable Player, one of four players in the 60-year history of the tournament to win the award multiple times. He is second only to Shavlik in career rebounding and is in the top 10 in school history in scoring.
Shavlik, the ACC’s first All-America in 1954, also won the tournament’s MVP award, after leading the Wolfpack to its second of three consecutive ACC tournament titles. The Denver, Colo., native was named All-American in two of three varsity seasons and was the 1956 ACC Player of the Year. He still owns most of the school records in rebounding, including 1,598 career rebounds, and is one of the top 10 scorers in school history.
An active member of the Wolfpack Club, Shavlik also won the school’s only NCAA Silver Anniversary Award and received a Presidential Meritorious Award from Lyndon B. Johnson for his efforts to employ blind workers. Shavlik died in 1983, a few weeks after watching the Wolfpack won the NCAA Championship in Albuquerque, N.C. His widow, Beverly Shavlik, and family will accept on his behalf.
Women’s basketball player Andrea Stinson is the school’s only two-time Kodak All-American and was the unanimous selection as the 1990 ACC Player of the Year. She was also a first-team All-ACC pick in all three of her seasons of varsity competition, leading head coach Kay Yow’s squad to the 1990 ACC regular-season title and the 1991 ACC tournament championship.
Holt, NC State’s all-time leading receiver and a native of Gibsonville, N.C., will join him in the hall of fame. Holt parlayed his All-American Wolfpack resume into a Super Bowl title and All-Pro NFL career with the St. Louis Rams.
Caldwell, one of the premier pitchers in the history of the ACC who still owns the conference record for shutouts and complete games, led the Wolfpack to its only College World Series appearance in 1968. The Tarboro, N.C., native was a two-time first-team All-ACC selection and the 1971 ACC Player of the Year. He compiled a 31-10 record and a 2.30 career earned run average at NC State. Selected in the 12th round of the MLB Draft, he made his debut shortly after leaving school and pitched in the majors for 14 seasons for the Milwaukee Brewers, San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres and Cincinnati Reds, compiling a 137-130 overall record. He won a career-high 22 games in 1978 and finished second to Ron Guidry in the voting for the Cy Young Award. He also won two games for the Brewers in the 1982 World Series.
Gregg, a four-time All-American and the 1976 NCAA champion in the 200-meter butterfly, was a member of the most dominant teams in ACC history and one of head coach Don Easterling’s most decorated swimmers. He is the first ACC swimmer to win the same event (200 butterfly) four consecutive years and helped lead the Wolfpack to a pair of top 10 NCAA finishes (seventh in 1974 and sixth in 1976). He won the silver medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics in an America sweep of the 200-meter butterfly.
Springs was a stalwart on NC State’s two AIAW national championships in 1979 and ’80 and won the first NCAA championship in a women’s sport when she won the initial NCAA Women’s Cross Country Championship in 1981. She repeated as individual champion in 1983. She was ranked No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 3 in the world in the 5,000 meters in 1983 and a six-time member of the USA Cross Country national team.
Terkay was a perfect 41-0 as a heavyweight wrestler in 1993, becoming NC State coach Bob Guzzo’s fourth individual national champion. He was a three-time All-American who also finished as the runner-up in the 1992 NCAA championships. Like Gabriel, he was also a three-time Academic All-American who won a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship while earning degrees in political science and sociology.
Last year’s inaugural class included basketball coaches Everett Case, Jim Valvano and Kay Yow; basketball players David Thompson and Dr. Genia Beasley; football players Roman Gabriel, Ted Brown and Jim Ritcher; distance runner Julie Shea Sutton and soccer player Tab Ramos.