Sauls, Deans among newcomers to NCHSAA Hall of Fame

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 The N.C. High School Athletic Association announced a six-member class that will join the NCHSAA Hall of Fame later this year.

Delano “Cobby” Deans of Ayden, Stay Lail, Jr. of Rutherfordton, Terry Rogers of Morganton, Roland “Dixon” Sauls of Farmville, Woodrow “W.A.” Wall of Reidsville, and Gerald Whisenhunt of Goldsboro will all be inducted into the NCHSAA Hall of Fame.

The new Hall of Fame class will be introduced during a press conference on Jan. 30 at 11 a.m. at the NCHSAA headquarters in Chapel Hill. The press conference can be seen live on and in the app.

A formal induction ceremony will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10, at Embassy Suites in Cary. Tickets for the ceremony will go on sale in May.

Delano “Cobby” Deans
Ayden, NC

Delano “Cobby” Deans was a highly successful Men’s and Women’s Basketball Coach in Pitt County at Bethel, North Pitt and D.H. Conley High Schools. He also Coached at Farm Life High School in Craven County for one year (1966-1967).

Deans coached both the Men’s and Women’s teams at Bethel High, beginning his coaching career with the Women’s team in 1967 and the Men’s in 1969. His teams won four consecutive 1A Women’s Conference Championships at Bethel before the school was consolidated into North Pitt High School. He took the Head Men’s and Women’s Basketball jobs at North Pitt, guiding the Women to the 1971-1972 Open Classification State Championship, and serving as the school’s athletic director from 1971-1988. In 1972 after leading the Women’s team to a state championship, Deans turned over the Women’s coaching duties and focused on the Men’s team and his job as Athletic Director. When he stepped away from Women’s Basketball, Deans career coaching record in Women’s Basketball was 152-16, including a 96-3 mark at Bethel and 44-0 mark at North Pitt.

In 1989, Deans left North Pitt for D.H. Conley where he served as the Head Men’s Basketball Coach and Athletic Trainer from 1989-1997. While at Conley, he led the school to a 3A Men’s State Championship. Deans posted a career record in Men’s Basketball of 444-214.

Roland “Dixon” Sauls
Greenville, NC

Roland “Dixon” Sauls made a name for himself coaching football in Pitt County where he served as Head Football Coach of both Ayden-Grifton and Farmville Central High Schools. Coach Sauls was the Head Coach at Ayden-Grifton from 1976-1984 posting a 48-27 record during that time before moving to Farmville Central where he served as Head Coach from 1984-2010. His teams at Farmville Central compiled a record of 198-92 under his direction. Sauls also served as an Assistant and then Head Track Coach at Farmville Central from 1985-2004.

His Football Teams at Ayden-Grifton won two conference championships and were the 3A Regional Runners Up in 1981. While at Farmville Central, Coach Sauls teams won nine Conference Championships and the 1AA Eastern Regional Championship in 2003, falling to Albemarle in the finals that year. Sauls was named the NCHSAA Region 1 Coach of the year for the 2002-2003 season. His track teams at Farmville Central won eight conference Championships and he coached eight individual event State Champions. In addition to his coaching achievements, Sauls umpired high school and collegiate baseball for 22 years, earning the East Carolina Umpire’s Association Bill Suggs Memorial Award for Most Outstanding Umpire in the Association in 1988.


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