WINSTON-SALEM — Parkland athletics director Linwood Jerald is one of eight people who will receive the N.C. High School Athletic Association's Charlie Adams Distinguished Service Award this year.
Jerald also has worked at Reynolds, Atkins, Andrews, Grimsley and Smith in a 47-year career in high school athletics, 25 of those years as a coach or AD. Jerald credits former Reynolds coach Doug Crater with "taking a chance" on him back in 1973 when he started his career.
Jerald has been a part of the N.C. Athletic Directors Association’s Strategic Plan Committee and regularly volunteers to serve at NCHSAA events such as the Western Regional basketball tournament, indoor and outdoor track and field championships and state football championships. He is a member of the Winston-Salem State athletics hall of fame and is a National Football Foundation board member.
The Charlie Adams Award is named in honor of the long-time NCHSAA executive director who retired in January of 2010. It is presented annually to one individual in each region during the association’s annual regional meetings.
Joining Jerald, who was honored in Region 5, this year are: Region 1, Alfie Wheeler, Manteo; Region 2, Keith Moore, New Hanover; Region 3, Scarlett Steinert, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools; Region 4, Patty Evers, East Bladen; Region 6, Jeff Morris, Misenheimer Gray Stone Day; Region 7, Richard Armstrong, Iredell-Statesville Schools; and Region 8, Neil Blankenship, Swain County.
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