Monday, March 25, 2013 —
One has been an athletic leader at Pfeiffer University for nearly 40 years. The other assisted the development of amateur athletics in the South Stanly area more than any other person. The 2013 inductees into the Stanly County Sports Hall of Fame are Jack Ingram and the late Kermit L. Young.
These two men will be recognized at the Stanly Chamber of Commerce’s annual Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 29 at the Stanly Regional Medical Family and Education Center. After the two inductions and the special guest speaker’s message, persons attending the ceremony will be treated to a heavy hors d’oeuvres reception.
Jack Ingram is a native of Stanly County and attended North Stanly High School from 1966 to 1970, where he was a star basketball player for the Comets. Ingram then enrolled at Pfeiffer College where he played basketball and earned a BA degree in Business Administration and Economics in 1974. Almost immediately, Ingram began his career as a coach and administrative leader for Pfeiffer athletic programs.
From 1974 to 1976, Jack Ingram served as Assistant Basketball Coach for the Pfeiffer College men’s basketball team. From 1975 to 1976, he also served as Head Coach for the Pfeiffer men’s junior varsity basketball team.
From 1977 to 1982, Ingram was the Head Coach of the Pfeiffer women’s basketball team, compiling a record of 72-53. His record included an undefeated conference championship in 1978 and advancement to the national tournament in 1979 with a no.13 national ranking. He was the conference Coach of the Year in 1978, and was runner-up for National Coach of the Year in 1979. The ladies on his basketball teams had an outstanding 93 percent graduation rate.
From 1977 to 1992 and again in 1996, Ingram served as Head Coach of the Pfeiffer women’s softball team, compiling a record of 365-170. As head softball coach, his teams won four regular season conference championships, four conference tournament championships, a district championship in 1982, and state championships in 1979 and 1980. For 14 consecutive years, his teams finished first or second in the conference and advanced to the state playoffs. Ingram was selected conference softball Coach of the Year in 1970, 1981 and 1989, and was District Coach of the Year in 1982. With all this success, his softball players also had an incredible 96 percent graduation rate.