Alumni honored for stellar coaching careers

Three coaches selected for induction into the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s Hall of Fame for the 2015-16 year are WCU alumni, including one who was honored posthumously.

Mac Cumbo ’71, Suzanne Grayson ’75 MAEd ’78 and the late David G. Price ’57 MAEd ’60 are among eight inductees who will be recognized during the annual hall of fame banquet to be held in April in Chapel Hill. They also were recognized during halftime ceremonies held Saturday, Oct. 17, during the University of North Carolina-Chapel football game versus Wake Forest in Kenan Stadium.


Inductees into the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s Hall of Fame include (holding plaques, from left) WCU alumni Suzanne Grayson ‘75 MAEd ‘78, Mac Cumbo ‘71 and (inset) David G. Price ‘57 MAEd ‘60.

Cumbo has served the schools of Henderson County as a teacher and coach for his entire career. His first position was at Flat Rock Junior High. He later moved to the high school ranks, serving as head football coach and athletic director at Edneyville High and later at North Henderson High. He guided both high school teams to football playoffs. Cumbo is a former president of the board of directors of the NCHSAA and the North Carolina Coaches Association.

A coach and athletics administrator, Grayson began her career at the middle school level. She then served Cleveland County high schools for a total of 28 years, including 18 years at Crest and 10 years at Kings Mountain, where her teams won several state championships in volleyball and fast-pitch softball. Grayson is a member of the sports halls of fame of Cleveland County and Kings Mountain.

During his career of more than 40 years in Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools, Price coached many sports, including basketball, football, track and field, cross country, golf, tennis and softball. He helped build South Mecklenburg High School into a basketball power. The school won four state titles during his 20 years there. He also coached at Providence Day, where his teams won independent school state championships. Price, who served on the board of directors of the NCHSAA, died March 19, 2015. Several family members, including his widow Gloria S. Price ’57, are WCU graduates.

In addition to the WCU alumni, new members of the NCHSAA Hall of Fame are Gil Bowman and Bill Harrison of Fayetteville, Sherry Norris and Tim Taft of Chapel Hill and Jimmy Tilson of Wilson.