Prep Sports: Eleven local coaching legends to be honored

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 21, 2012

By Ronnie Gallagher
SALISBURY — Joe Pinyan remembers hanging up banners of all those state championships in the Salisbury High gymnasium.
The Hornet athletic director, along with retiring principal Windsor Eagle, just can’t get enough of the history.
On Tuesday, June 26 at 7 p.m. in the Salisbury auditorium, they will honor 11 great coaching legends from J.C. Price, Boyden and Salisbury
“There has been so much recognizing of the teams,” Pinyan said. “But there are some men and women out there who made this happen. They didn’t just drive the bus. They devoted their time to these young men and women who won the championships. They’re great people.”
The 11 Legends:
Spencer Lancaster, J.C. Price: Coached football and basketball.
Bill Ludwig, Salisbury: Football coach who had the high school’s stadium named after him.
Jack Turney, Boyden-Salisbury: baseball, wrestling, legion and athletic director.
Lancaster, Ludwig and Turney have passed away but family members will be there to represent them.
Pete Stout, Boyden-Salisbury: football.
Bobby Pharr, Salisbury: coached basketball team to state title, was also assistant in football.
Aaron Neely, Salisbury: known for putting out successful track teams and was a football assistant.
Charles Hellard, Salisbury: coached all sports.
Sam Gealy, Salisbury: coached basketball team to state championship, golf and athletic director.
Carolyn Murray, Boyden-Salisbury: tennis and a variety of other sports.
Bill Lee, Salisbury: coached successful tennis teams and was an assistant in variety of sports.
Tom Sexton, Salisbury: coached many successful soccer teams, baseball and athletic director.
What Pinyan and Eagle would really like is for as many of the athletes who played for these coaches to attend.
“These people are going to re-live some great memories,” Pinyan said. “If there is J.C. Price, Boyden or Salisbury in your blood, you ought to be there.”
Photos of the legends will be shown in the auditorium as the achievements of each school’s storied past are told.
“What we were looking for were people who are positive figures and role models in the community, as well as the success they had,” Pinyan said.