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The Passing of A Visionary Leader, Mentor, and Friend

By Roy Turner, 01/06/19, 9:00PM EST


Jerry, Thanks for Knowing, Going, Showing, and Leading the Way!

We are sad to announce the passing of long-time leader of the NCADA, Executive Director, and friend, Jerry McGee. He was a great mentor and visionary leader to athletic administrators and coaches in North Carolina and nationally for more than 40 years. More importantly, he loved each of us like a father and always made us feel special. His legacy will live on through each of us who were led and inspired by him.  Rejoice, there’s another servant leader, coach, and friend in heaven.

Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers go out to Patsy McGee, the McGee family, and his many friends around the world.

Rest in Peace, our friend.

Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Elizabeth City, N.C., McGee lettered three seasons on the gridiron at Duke from 1958-60 and was a member of the Blue Devils' squad that defeated Arkansas, 7-6, in the Cotton Bowl on January 1, 1961.  Following his graduation from Duke in 1961, he entered prep coaching and led Edenton Holmes High School to a pair of North Carolina state championships.  McGee then coached in the college ranks, serving stints at Kansas State, Southern Illinois, East Carolina, and Duke.

In 1991 Jerry was named the executive director of the NCADA and held that position until his retirement in December of 2015. 

In 2007, the NCADA created an Award of Excellence to honor his legacy. To be presented to an individual for loyalty to the NCADA and for contributions to the profession which represent excellence in achievement.

The Jerry McGee Endowed Scholarship was created in 2012 to honor his 25+ years of service as executive director of the North Carolina Athletic Directors’ Association (NCADA). Jerry had a passion for making dreams a reality. Thus the NCADA Board of Directors felt that offering a scholarship to two senior year high school student-athletes from North Carolina High School Athletic Association member schools each year would be a fitting way to honor his legacy. This award is unique because it honors both male and female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves by overcoming adversity and returned to excel beyond expectations in their interscholastic athletic sport(s).

Jerry is a member of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame, the National Federation High School Hall of Fame, the National Interscholastic Administrators Association Hall of Fame and the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. He has also been a recipient of the Order of The Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina’s highest civilian award. 

Help us to continue to honor his memory by donating to The Jerry McGee Endowment Scholarship Fund, NCHSAA, PO Box 3216, Chapel Hill, NC 27515 or