February 4, 2017
Standing, left to right: Charles Sloan, Dave Sexton, Denise Hill, Doug Chalk, Glenn Bullock
Seated, left to right: Charles Harles, Brandy Winstead Frazier, Steve Coats, Robin Rose, Carolyn Hawkins
A group of superstars, all with can-do spirit and determination, joined the Louisburg College Hurricanes Hall of Fame Saturday. The 10 athletes, coaches and supporters accepted accolades as champions, mentors and role models. But each said they had succeeded because of the college community’s support and friendship, its insistence on accountability, and its constant encouragement.
Glenn Bullock was inducted as an outstanding supporter of the Hurricanes. Officially, he worked in the bookstore, student center and housing office from 1975 to 1996, but unofficially, he’s been a Hurricanes supporter and volunteer for more than four decades. He began working with Louisburg College Athletics years ago when Coach Russ Frazier asked him to fix a hole in the gate to the baseball field. Now he volunteers to collect admission at sporting events, always with a smile and a kind word. “Work is easy when you love what you do,” he says.
Bullock holds leadership positions with his church, Jones Chapel Missionary Baptist in Louisburg, and in the Level Travelers Masonic Lodge in Centerville. He and his wife live in Louisburg.
Doug Chalk, ’57, played basketball for Louisburg College, helping to lead the team to a conference win and scoring 90 points in the final three games. He went on to Catawba College, where he was a standout for the Indians. As a senior, he scored 582 points and was named most outstanding athlete of 1960. After graduation, he coached high school basketball and mentored students before joining the insurance business in 1967. “Louisburg College taught me how to be successful in life,” he said. He lives in Graham.
Steve Coats, ’75, made his mark on the baseball field at Louisburg College as an outfielder and a powerful hitter. He helped lead his team to a third place finish at the 1975 National Junior College Athletic Association World Series. He set, and still holds, the record for consecutive home runs hit (four) at the NJCAA World Series and also broke the record for the most home runs hit during the tournament (five). Coats was named to the NJCAA World Series All-Tournament team. From 1973 to 1975, the Louisburg College baseball team compiled a 60-11 record.
He said he’s grateful for the baseball family – classmates and coaches -- he found at Louisburg College. “When we came here, we were looking at a chance to play a little bit more,” he said. “We made it to the World Series.”
Coats continued to the University of North Carolina on a baseball scholarship and was named a UNC Educational Foundation award winner in 1977. He became a teacher, coached baseball, football and basketball and took his teams to conference titles. He retired in 2014 as a principal in Stanly County and lives in Norwood, N.C.
Brandy Winstead Frazier, ’00, pitched for the Hurricanes softball team for two years – 226.1 innings – leading her team to back-to-back Region X Championships and qualifying for the NJCAA World Series in 1999. She was named a NJCAA Academic All-American and graduated cum laude from Louisburg College.
She went to Radford University, where she still holds top-10 honors for career strikeouts and set the Radford record for fewest walks: 13. Frazier, a Nashville resident and career development coordinator with Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, previously worked as the Hurricanes’ sports information director and volleyball coach. She credited her family for its unwavering support and thanked Louisburg College “for believing in me.”
Charles William Harles, ’67, became part of the Hurricanes basketball and baseball teams as their trainer and equipment manager. He taught himself about training and injury prevention, and he did whatever was needed: taping ankles, washing uniforms, keeping a baseball scorecard. He credits Coach Frazier with giving him a chance. “It took some guts … to include a kid on crutches,” he said. Louisburg College’s sports program “helped me develop the skills and maturity that have served me well.”
Harles graduated from UNC School of Law, then worked with national organizations in Washington, D.C., advocating for people with disabilities. He has been a leader in the National Bone Health Alliance advocacy and support community. He founded the Fibrous Dysplasia Foundation in 2004 to promote awareness, fundraising and research for the disease and served as the organization’s president until his retirement in 2015. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Carolyn Hawkins, ’76, a volleyball and basketball standout, paved the way for African American student-athletes at Louisburg College. She was a member of the first class to include African Americans and the first female student-athlete in Louisburg College’s history to be awarded an athletic scholarship. That “made me so proud and determined,” she said.
Twenty-two African Americans had enrolled in Louisburg College that fall, and 18 were scholarship athletes, she recalled. “We made a pact. We would put Louisburg College on the map. We did….We renamed (the college) Lou U.”
The Hurricanes volleyball team placed fifth at the 1976 NJCAA Nationals, and in basketball, Hawkins averaged 17 points per game in her two years at Louisburg. In 1976 she was named Most Outstanding Female Athlete.
At UNC, Hawkins played volleyball, earning All-Athletic Coast Conference honors. She was on the U.S. national team in Salt Lake City and later played in the Philippines. She now works in the Exceptional Children’s Department in Durham.
Denise Hill, ’92, was an All-American for Hurricanes women’s basketball, a power forward who led her team to the NJCAA national title in 1992 and is still the college’s career rebound leader. Hill earned a scholarship to Western Kentucky, where she helped the Hilltoppers reach the NCAA tournament both years. She then played professionally in Sweden before returning to work with young athletes in Bowling Green, Ky., directing community centers. Now she is director of Chavis Community Center in Raleigh and volunteers with athletic programs and youth organizations.
“Lou U builds players. That’s what it does,” Hill said. It makes students part of a family. It instills pride. It breeds success.
Robin Rose, ’75, badly wanted to play baseball for Louisburg College when he arrived in Fall 1973. But after trying out as a walk-on, he was cut. Determined to earn his way to the team, he went to practice every day, found support from a team of superstars and made the cut in the spring. Rose, known for his never-give-up determination, was a standout at the plate and helped lead his team to a third place finish at the NJCAA World Series.
After Louisburg, Rose played for Atlantic Christian (now Barton College), where he was All Conference and Honorable Mention All-American.
He works for Preston Development Co. and has been involved in athletics and opportunities for youth for 40 years. In 2006, he co-founded the Miracle League of the Triangle, which gives children and adults with special needs opportunities to play baseball. He lives in Cary.
Dave Sexton came from Brighton, England, in 1998 to coach Louisburg College’s soccer team. In his 13 years as head coach, he was Region X Coach of the Year nine times, led the team to 11 region championships and six district championships, and compiled a 196-55-11 record. He coached more than 20 All-Americans at Louisburg College, and several have played professionally.
Sexton left Louisburg to be assistant coach at Southern Polytechnic, where the Hornets reached the quarterfinals of the NAIA national tournament in 2012. He is now head coach for Georgia Military College, where he has a 34-15-1 record.
Charles Sloan, Louisburg College’s golf coach from 2003 to 2014, built a golf dynasty here, coaching his teams to Region X championships seven times, four other times as runner up. Two years the team finished second in the nation; three other years they were third or fourth. He coached 15 All-Americans, a handful of professional golfers, and 21 of his players went on to senior college programs.
In his career, in addition to golf, Sloan has coached football, softball and women’s track; men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s soccer and baseball. He has been active in the NJCAA Men’s Division III Golf Coaches Association. Since 1986, he has taught at Louisburg College. He teaches ethics, world religion and mathematics and lives in Raleigh.
The 10 new inductees join 21 members in the Hurricanes Hall of Fame.
Related by faith to The United Methodist Church, Louisburg College, the oldest private two-year college in the nation, is committed to offering a supportive community which nurtures young men and women intellectually, culturally, socially, physically, and spiritually.