PEEKING INTO THE PAST – Agnes Maske, educator and coach

Published 2:22 pm Wednesday, February 24, 2021

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Agnes Maske grew up in Durham and graduated from Hillside High School in 1957. Later, while a student at North Carolina A&T, she participated in the sit-ins at the Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro.

After graduating in 1962, she became a teacher at Kingville School.
During the late 1960s, Maske transferred to Albemarle High School as a part of the integration of the city school system.

Agnes Maske

While teaching at Albemarle Senior High School, she became the school’s track and field coach. Her teams won consecutive 1A/2A State Championships in 1986 and 1987. Her women’s cross-country teams were Regional Champions in 1993 and Regional runners-up in 1994.

Coach Maske was voted Coach of the Year in the Rocky River Conference an impressive nine consecutive years. In addition, she was awarded the Female Coach of the Year for Region Six in 1989 and was named Female Coach of the Year for North Carolina in 1994. In 2006, Maske was inducted into the Stanly County Sports Hall of Fame.

Even with all of her success as a coach, Maske was always a true educator at heart. She was known for the way she could connect with her students and for her ability to find ways to help them excel.

Coach Agnes Maske passed away June 18, 2020.

{Lewis Bramlett – Stanly County Historical Society}