Five Named to Join the NCADA Hall of Fame
The North Carolina Athletic Directors Association will honor five new inductees as the 26th and 27th class into the NCADA Hall of Fame. I want to congratulate Angie Miller and Chris Roehner (Class of 2020) and Greg Grantham, Fred Lynch, and Tommy Peacock for being selected for induction into the 2021 NCADA Hall of Fame. It is a well-deserved and a great honor. They will be inducted during the NCADA Banquet at the Greensboro Marriott Downtown at 6:00 pm on Sunday, July 18th.
Induction into the NCADA Hall of Fame recognizes achievement and excellence in the field of athletic administration. The 2020 class of (2) two and the 2021 class of (3) three bring the total inductees to (102) one hundred and two.
Here is a closer look at our honorees:
Class of 2020
Angela Miller serves as the Executive Director of Athletics, Nutrition, and Wellness for Nash/Rocky Mount Schools. For the past 26 years, she has worked daily with athletics to create the best overall experience for student-athletes. Her career includes high school teaching and coaching, serving as Healthful Living Coordinator, and as a high school and system-wide athletic director.
Angela became CMAA (National Certified Master Athletic Administrator) certified by Cognia (NCA) in 2011 and NFHS AIC (Accredited Interscholastic Coach) certification in 2010.
She holds a Master’s Degree in Athletic Administration from East Carolina University and is a National Board Certified Health and Physical Education Teacher. In 2011, Angela received the State Award of Merit for North Carolina. In 2017, she received the Charlie Adams Distinguished service award and, in 2019, was inducted into the George Whitfield Hall of Fame.
She has served on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association and as the North Carolina Athletic Directors Association president. She has also been a member of the NIAAA Ad Hoc Committee for Coaches Education and the NIAAA Credentials Committee.
She is married to Jim Miller (who is her rock and soulmate) a Battalion Chief for the City of Wilson fire department where he has worked for 23 years.
She has two amazing children (her most proud accomplishments), Kirsten Miller 22 yrs. old and a 2021 graduate of the University of Mount Olive with a BS in Agriculture Business Administration and continuing at the University of Wilmington for a Masters in Ag. Business. Cody Miller, 20 yrs. old and a rising 2022 graduate of the University of Mount Olive with a BS in Plant Science.
Chris Roehner was an athletic director, teacher, and coach for 38 years. In the Fall of 1980, he took his first coaching job as a junior high basketball coach in Enola, Pennsylvania.
Chris moved to North Carolina in 1985; he coached football, basketball, and baseball at Parkwood High School. In 1990, he moved to Western Alamance High School; he was the head men’s basketball coach, head baseball coach, assistant football coach and led the NCHSAA SASI program.
In 1997, Chris moved to South Brunswick High School. He was the head men’s and women’s basketball coach, head baseball coach, head men’s tennis coach, and assistant football coach. In 2000, Chris became the school’s athletic director and retired after 20 years. Chris represented Brunswick County at the City-County Athletic Director’s meetings and was the County Athletic Director in 2004. Chris has earned his CAA, CMAA, and is an NFHS CIC. He was President of the Waccamaw Conference for ten years and President of the Mideastern Conference for seven years. South Brunswick earned the Wells Fargo (Waccamaw) Conference Cup 6 times.
Chris became a member of the State LTI faculty in 2008 and is the lead instructor for all the State LTI Legal Courses. Chris served on the NCADA Board of Directors for eight years and was the President in 2016.
Chris was named the Region 2 Athletic Director of the Year, NCADA Athletic Director of the Year, and received the NCADA Rusty Lee Award for Professional Development. He has received the NIAAA State Award of Merit and was an NFHS Citation Award Nominee. He served on the 2017-2021 NCHSAA Realignment Committee and in 2017 received the NCHSAA Special Person Award for Region 2.
Locally, Chris has been a conference tournament director and a Cape Fear Umpires Association Board Member. He is married to Myra Rippy, and he has four children, Christopher, Shana, Helen, GW, and two grandchildren.
Class of 2021
Greg Grantham currently serves as the Coordinator of Athletics for Onslow County Schools, a role he has held since 2015. Prior to coming out of retirement to assume that position, he served as Athletic Director at White Oak High School for 15 years. In addition to his role as AD, Grantham also served as coach of the boys’ basketball and golf teams. Over the course of his 24-year career as a head varsity basketball coach, which included stops at Rosewood and Southwest Edgecombe, his basketball teams won over 370 games. In addition to several Conference Coach of the Year honors, he was named the Associated Press State Basketball Coach of the Year in 1996. He also coached in the East-West All-Star game in 2000 and the 2003 NC-SC All-Star game.
Grantham has served as the Executive Director of the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association since 2008. He also currently serves on the Executive Board of the National High School Basketball Coaches Association and was inducted into that organization’s national Court of Honor in 2015. Grantham has also served on the Board of Directors of both the NC Coaches Association and the NC Athletic Directors Association. He has served on numerous NCHSAA committees over his career and was named one of their “100 to Remember” Athletic Directors in 2013 during the NCHSAA’s Centennial celebration. The NCHSAA honored Grantham in 2012 with the Charlie Adams Distinguished Service Award and again in 2015 with the Bud Phillips Retiree of the Year Award. Additionally, he was inducted into the University of Mt. Olive Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012.
He has been married to Wendy Humphrey Grantham for the past 36 years and their two children, Hali and Matthew, are both proud White Oak High School and East Carolina University graduates.
Fredrick Tyrone Lynch, Sr. graduated from R-S Central High School in 1971. Fred was a three-sport athlete, Most Valuable Player in Basketball, and received the Noah Simpson top athlete award. He then played basketball at Isothermal Community College and was named Outstanding Collegiate Athlete of America. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA degree in Social Studies from Winston-Salem State in 1975.
For the past (42) forty-two years, he worked at E.A. Laney High School in Wilmington. He has served as the head coach in baseball, tennis, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and has served as the athletic director for the past (28) twenty-eight years. He also served as the head coach of the East Team in the East-West All-Star Game in 2006 and the North Carolina/ South Carolina Classic in 2011.
Lynch was inducted into the EA Laney Hall of Fame in 2012. He has served on the NC Coaches, North Carolina High School Athletic Association, and the NCADA Board of Directors.
Previous recognitions include Region Two Athletic Director of the Year in 2002, NCADA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019, and the NCHSAA 100 to Remember. He is married to Paulette Lynch and is the proud father of Aisha, Nikki, TJ, and Tari.
Thomas Peacock, or Tommy, by those who know him best, has dedicated much of his life and certainly his career to excellence in athletics.
He began his journey in 1982 as an assistant football coach at J.H. Rose High School. In 1992, he served as athletic director at C.M. Eppes Middle School for five years, then returned to J.H. Rose High School as athletic director, teacher, and coach in 1997.
An active participant in leadership and service opportunities, he has maintained his membership with NCCA since 1987 and NCADA since 1997. He served on the NCADA Board of Directors for three years and was the NCADA Conference Vendor Coordinator for 20 years.
Throughout his career, Tommy has received several accolades for his commitment to the profession. To name a few: The Charlie Adams Distinguished Service Award, The Coastal Conference Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year, Region 1 Athletic Director of the Year, and NCADA Athletic Director of the Year. In 2013 he was recognized by the NCHSAA as a Top One 100 Athletic Director and received the NCADA Jerry McGee Award of Excellence in 2020.
He retired in 2016, ending his 19-year reign at J.H. Rose High School. He now enjoys the slower pace of life as a retiree working part-time, traveling, and spending time with his three daughters and three granddaughters.