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Former Elon Football player and coach earns induction into NCHSAA Hall of Fame

Sam Story '69 will be among the members of the 2014 North Carolina High School Athletic Association's Hall of Fame class that will be inducted on Saturday night.

Former Elon football player and coach Sam Story '69 will be among the seven members of the 2014 North Carolina High School Athletic Association's Hall of Fame class that will be inducted during a banquet April 5 at 7 p.m. at the Friday Center (100 Friday Center Drive) in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Tickets are $50 and can be ordered online here.

Story was a member of the Phoenix football coaching staff in 2009, helping lead Elon to its first NCAA Division I FCS Playoff berth and a 9-3 record. Story, a 1969 Elon graduate, was a member of the Elon football team in 1965 and 1966. He went on to a 25-year coaching career at nearby Williams High School in Burlington, N.C., where he led the Bulldogs to a 201-98 record with four Eastern North Carolina Championships, a pair of state titles and a pair of state runner-up finishes. Story served as the head coach for the North Carolina all-star team in the 2007 North Carolina/South Carolina Shrine Bowl and as the president of the Corrigan-Faircloth Chapter of the National Football Foundation.

During his 25 years at Walter Williams High School (1983-2007), Story led the Bulldogs to a 201-98 record (.672) with four Eastern North Carolina championships (1985, 1987, 1999, 2005), a pair of state titles (1985, 1999) and a pair of state runner-up finishes (1987, 2005). A 1965 Williams graduate, he went on to earn a bachelor's degree in social science with a minor in history from Elon in 1969 and a master's degree in education from North Carolina A&T University in 1983.

As a player at Williams, Story was a Charlotte News all-state guard who played in the 1964 North Carolina/South Carolina Shrine Bowl all-star game and then went on to coach in four all-star games. He served as an assistant coach in the 1976 North Carolina North/South Game, the 1986 North Carolina East/West All-Star Game and the 1996 North Carolina/South Carolina Shrine Bowl. Story worked as the North Carolina all-star team's head coach in the 2007 North Carolina/South Carolina Shrine Bowl.

Before coming to Williams, Story served Duke University as an assistant football coach for six years (1977-82) after spending four years (1973-76) as the head football coach at Southern Alamance High School (Graham, N.C.). While at Southern Alamance, he guided the Patriots to a 37-7 mark (.841) with four Mid-State (3A) championships and four city/county crowns. In his 29 campaigns as a head coach, Story compiled a 238-105 ledger (.694). He has also taught classes in advanced physical education, weight training and drivers education.

Story also served stints as the head track and field coach at Williams (1983-88), the director of athletics at Southern Alamance (1973-77), an assistant football coach and the head track and field coach at Southern Alamance (1971-72), an assistant football and boys' basketball coach at Old Gibsonville (N.C.) High School (1970-71), the head track and field and baseball coach at Turrentine Middle School in Burlington, N.C. (1970) and an assistant football coach at Williams (1969).

Keren Rivas,
Staff
4/4/2014 12:25 AM