The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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March 25, 2013

Stanly County Sports Hall of Fame to induct Ingram, Young


Monday, March 25, 2013 —


In 1980, Ingram earned his masters degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since 1978, he has served as an Assistant Professor in the Pfeiffer University’s Sports Management program and is currently the Department Head for that program. In the early 1990s, Ingram served as Pfeiffer’s Athletic Director, and is currently serving as Acting Interim Athletic Director.


Other honors Jack Ingram has earned while at Pfeiffer include: serving as District Chairman for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics from 1992 to 1995; earning the Award of Merit from NAIA in 1995; and serving as Pfeiffer’s Faculty Athletic Representative to the NCAA. In 1995, Jack Ingram was inducted into the Pfeiffer University Sports Hall of Fame. In 2000, the Pfeiffer softball field was renamed Jack Ingram Field. And in 2009, Ingram received the Outstanding Pfeiffer Alumnus Award.


While carrying out his many academic and athletic duties at Pfeiffer, Jack Ingram has also found the time to help as the Assistant Coach for the North Stanly girl’s basketball team for the past eleven years.


Kermit Young


Kermit Young moved to Stanly County in 1932 to serve as the manager of Belk’s Department Store in Albemarle, and lived in this county until his death in 1971. In 1939, Young moved to Norwood and started the Young Manufacturing Company. At this time, he also began an involvement with area amateur athletics that would continue for the rest of his life.


Since his days as manager at Belk, Young had organized and played for business sponsored basketball and baseball teams that traveled and played other area teams. Then, when Albemarle hosted the national American Legion Championship in 1940, Young and several of his workers volunteered their time to help prepare the Efird Ballpark for this major event.


Following World War II, Young helped organize a league of industrial baseball teams from Stanly and other surrounding counties. He played first base for the Young Manufacturing team, and was soon asked to serve as league president. It was also during these post-war years that Young Manufacturing donated the materials and constructed the concrete bleachers at the Norwood High School baseball field.

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