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Eddie * Biedenbach

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Biography

As an outstanding athlete in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Eddie Biedenbach played Basketball, Baseball and Football.  Eddie’s years and many successes in sports were honored by his Pittsburgh roots in 1998 when he was inducted into Pennsylvania East Boros Sports Hall of Fame honoring Pittsburgh athletic standouts.

Eddie was signed to a basketball scholarship at North Carolina State University and subsequently played freshman ball for All-American Lou Pucillo then played varsity ball for 3 Legendary Hall of Fame coaches (Everett Case, Press Maravich and  Norm Sloan), but also played baseball for the Hall of Fame  coach Vic Sorrell.   Eddie quickly became a home fan favorite as a speedy defensive guard who had uncanny hand and foot quickness, great ball-handling skills and an innate knack for the game.   Sportswriters nicknamed Eddie the Pittsburgh Pickpocket as well as The Pittsburgh Pirate because of his propensity to steal the basketball.

Eddie’s N.C. State 3-year varsity career included 2 years as the team’s leading scorer, 2-time All-ACC accolades, 2-time All-ACC Tournament honors, and as a senior N.C. State’s MVP.  In the famed 1968 ACC Tournament 12-10 game with Duke University Eddie was high scorer with a mere 4 points.  In celebrating the 50th anniversary of the ACC Eddie was voted the N.C. State Basketball Player of the decade (1960’s).

Drafted by FOUR different Professional Teams, Eddie was first selected by the St. Louis Hawks (drafted after his red-shirt senior year when side-lined due to major back surgery).  Three teams drafted Eddie following his senior year (NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers, ABA’s New York Nets, and NFL’s Dallas Cowboys).  After college Eddie played briefly with the Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns before returning to N.C. State to begin a long and rewarding coaching career.

As an assistant coach Eddie was instrumental in recruiting the players that brought N.C. State University 2 National Championships (1974 and 1983) and assisted coach Hugh Durham at the University of Georgia en route to their first ever Final Four appearance (1983).

As a head coach, Eddie brought a last place Davidson College team to first place in the Southern Conference in just 3 years.

As head coach at UNC-Asheville Eddie lifted the basketball program to national attention and guided his players to be Conference Champions 6 times.

Eddie became the winning-est coach of all time at UNC-Asheville as well as the winning-est basketball coach in the history of the Big South Conference.

Eddie was voted conference Coach of the Year 4 times.  In addition to the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame Eddie has been recently inducted into 4 other Athletic Hall of Fames:

  • The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame
  • The Western North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame
  • The University of North Carolina – Asheville Athletic Hall of Fame
  • The Big South Conference Hall of Fame   

But high on Eddie’s list of successes as a Head Coach of 20 years is the success Eddie’s players have had academically with a 95% graduation rate.

Always the team-player, Eddie devoted personal time and innovative efforts to raise over $5 million ear-marked for student scholarships and facility upgrades.

Billy Ray Barnes

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All-American Half-back for Wake Forest…and…NFL football standout

  • Led his Landis H.S. football team to an undefeated football season
  • First player in the ACC to rush for more than 1,000 yards
  • Wake Forest 3rd baseman on the World Series Championship Team
  • NFL player for the Philadelphia Eagles – 1960 NFL Championship team
  • Lead the Washington Redskins in rushing in 1962
  • Continental League Head Coach of the Charleston Rockets …  and …  NFL Atlanta Falcon Asst. Coach
  • Inducted into the Wake Forest University Hall of Fame in 1975
  • Inducted into the NC Sports Hall of Fame in 1979
  • Class of 2009 – Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game Legends’

Rick Barnes

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Head Coach at University of Tennessee

  • Head Coach University of Texas for 16 seasons
  • 400+ College Wins
  • Four Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year honors (1999, 2003, 2008, 2014)
  • CAA Coach of the Year (1987)
  • 2009 recipient of the prestigious John R. Wooden ‘Legends of Coaching’ Award.
  • Three Big 12 Regular Season Championships (1999, 2006, 2008)
  • Big East Tournament Championship (1994)
  • 22 NCAA appearances

Rod Brind’ Amour

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Retired NHL Player, Currently Assistant Coach for the Carolina Hurricanes Hockey Team

  • Carolina Hurricanes Captain of the Stanley Cup Championship team in 2006
  • 2-Time recipient of the Frank J Selke Award (2006 & 2007) – National Hockey League Top Defensive Award
  • Drafted by the St. Louis Blues (1st round, 9th overall)
  • All-Rookie Team (1989-90)
  • NHL All-Star game (1992)
  • Canadian Olympic Hockey Team (1998)
  • Played for the Philadelphia Flyers (1991-2000) and the Carolina Hurricanes (2000-2010)
  • #17 Carolina Hurricane Jersey Retired (2011)
  • Played a total of 1,484 NHL games
  • Recently inducted into the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame
  • Selected into the Philadelphia Flyers Hall of Fame

Charlie Bryant

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former High School athletic standout, Coach and Administrator, now retired

  • 50 years in athletics
  • High Point Central H.S. basketball star – 1950 state championship team
  • 2-year state wrestling champion (165-pound weight class)
  • Football scholarship at Wofford College
  • Baseball Coach in the US Army
  • Asst Basketball Coach at Wake Forest under  Bones McKinney (2 ACC Titles & Final Four appearance)
  • Asst  Basketball Coach at NC State under Press Maravich and Norm Sloan (2 ACC Titles)
  • Executive director for the Wolfpack Club at NC State.
  • Inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 2006

Tom Burleson

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former All-American Basketball player at NC State

  • 1st round draft pick by NBA Seattle Supersonics; Also played for the Kansas City Kings and Atlanta Hawks
  • 3-Time All-ACC at NC State
  • 2-Time ACC Tournament MVP
  • 2-Time College All-American
  • US Olympic Basketball Team 1972 – (Silver Medalist- losing to Russia due to a highly controversial call)
  • 1974 National Championship Team  (Had to beat #1 UCLA, #3 Maryland, #5 Providence, #7 Marquette and #13 Pittsburgh en route to the NCAA Championship)
  • 2002 – named to the ‘ACC 50th Anniversary men’s basketball team’  (Honoring the 50 greatest players in ACC history.)
  • Inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame (1996)

John Clougherty

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former acclaimed Basketball Official, currently ACC Coordinator of Men’s Basketball Officials

  • Served as an NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Official for 30 years
  • Officiated in 26 consecutive NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournaments as well as in 12 Final Fours
  • Received the James Naismith Official of the Year Award
  • Received the NIT Officials Award
  • Member of the N C High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame
  • Inducted into the NC Sports Hall of Fame in 2015

Larry Conley

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Fox Sports Basketball commentator

  • Former announcer ESPN, NBC, CBS, ABC, Raycon Sports
  • Former University of Kentucky star player – “Rupp’s Runts”
  • Played for the ABA Kentucky Colonels

Bobby Cremins

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Television commentator of ACC and NCAA basketball

  • Former Head Basketball Coach at The College of Charleston, Appalachian & Georgia Tech
  • Southern Conference Coach of the Year (1976, 1978, 1981, 2011)
  • 3 Southern Conference titles
  • Georgia Tech’s all-time winning-est coach
  • ACC Conference Coach of the Year (1983, 1985, 1996)
  • Naismith “College Coach-of-the-Year” honor

Woody Durham

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Former “Voice of the Tarheels” (40 years)

  • NC Sportscaster of the Year on 13 different occasions
  • Inducted into the NC Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2004, and the NC Sports Hall of Fame in 2005
  • 40 years (1971 until 201) Woody was the “Voice of the Tar Heels”
  • 2011 recipient of the Chris Schenkel Award by the National Football Foundation
  • 2012 inaugural recipient of the “Lombardi Excellence in College Broadcasting Award”
  • Selected to receive the Curt Gowdy Media Award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Eddie Fogler

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Former Coach – South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Wichita State

  • Former UNC basketball player and Assistant Coach at UNC
  • Received the MVC Coach of the year in 1987 as head coach at Wichita State
  • As Vanderbilt head coach in 1993 he received:
    • College Coach of the Year awards from the NABC and AP
    • Henry Iba Award
    • SEC Coach of the Year
  • 1997 Conference Coach of the year as head coach at the University of South Carolina

Phil Ford

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Fund Raiser for UNC-Chapel Hill

  • 3-Time College All-American at UNC
  • 1978 National College Player of the Year
  • Former Assistant Basketball Coach at UNC
  • NBA pro 6 years (Kansas, NJ, Milwaukee, Houston)
  • NC Sports Hall of Fame 1991

Alvin Gentry

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Head Coach of the NBA New Orleans Pelicans

  • Former NBA Head Coach of the Phoenix Suns
  • Former NBA Assistant Coach of the LA Clippers, Miami Heat, and Detroit Pistons
  • Played college basketball at Appalachian State University (under Press Maravich and Bobby Cremins)
  • Assistant Coach at the University of Colorado, Baylor University and the University of Kansas

Wilson Hoyle

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Former Football Kicker for Wake Forest University

  • Leading scorer in Wake Forest football history (230 points) – Broke Brian Piccolo’s record
  • Holds the single season record of 16 field goals in 1987
  • 1987 perfect PAT (points after touch downs) – 34 for 34
  • His record of 37 Field Goals was held until 1999
  • Former kicker for the Detroit Lions in the World League

Ned Jarrett

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Retired NASCAR Broadcaster (The Nashville Network, CBS, ESPN, and Fox)

  • NASCAR Hall of Fame (2011)
  • Winner of 4 National Driving Titles
  • Won 200+ Sportsman events while winning State Championships in NC, SC, GA and VA.
  • Grand National Champion (1961, 1965)
  • Named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers (1998)
  • Myers Brothers Memorial Award (1964, 1965, 1982, 1983)
  • Inducted into numerous Motorsports Hall of Fames including:
    • National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame (1972)
    • NC Sports Hall of Fame (1991)
    • International Motorsports hall of Fame (1991)
    • Oceanside Rotary Club Stock Car Hall of Fame (1992)
    • National Auto Racing Hall of Fame (1992)
    • American Auto Race Writers & Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame
    • Jacksonville, Florida Speedway Hall of Fame (1993)
    • Motorsports Hall of Fame (1997)
    • Talladega Walk of Fame (1997)
    • Hickory Metro Sports Hall of Fame (2001)

Brad Johnson

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former National Football League Quarterback

  • Played College basketball for 2 years then switched to football at Florida State University
  • 1992 Drafted by the Minnesota Vikings – and played there for 7 seasons then 2 seasons for the Washington Redskins
  • 2001 –  Starting Quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, led them to Super Bowl XXXVII (37) Title
  • Later returned to the Minnesota Vikings then played 2 seasons for the Dallas Cowboys, ending in 2008

Winston Kelley

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Executive Director NASCAR Hall of Fame

  • MRN (Motor Racing Network) 1988
  • Field Reporter for “NASCAR This Morning” 2001-2004
  • Motor Racing Lead Pit Reporter
  • Graduated magna cum laude from NC State

Rusty LaRue

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Former 3-sport athlete at Wake Forest University

Sidney Lowe

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Assistant NBA Basketball Coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves

  • Played at the celebrated DaMatha Catholic High School
  • NC State notable point guard on the 1983 National Championship Team
  • 1983 First Team All-ACC honors
  • Drafted 1st pick in the 2nd round by the NBA, playing for 5 different NBA teams
  • NBA Assistant Coach for: the Minnesota Timberwolves, Detroit Pistons, Utah Jazz
  • NBA head coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Vancouver Grizzlies (became the Memphis Grizzlies)

Jamie Luckie

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ACC Official

Jamie has presence, confidence, athleticism, consistency, and serious dedication.

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