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Longtime North Meck basketball coach Leroy Holden enters NCHSAA Hall of Fame Thursday

Former North Mecklenburg boys basketball coach and athletics director retired in 2009. He’ll be inducted into the N.C. High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame on Thursday.
Former North Mecklenburg boys basketball coach and athletics director retired in 2009. He’ll be inducted into the N.C. High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame on Thursday. Observer File Photo

Longtime North Mecklenburg High boys basketball coach and athletics director Leroy Holden will be inducted into the N.C. High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame Thursday in Chapel Hill.

Holden spent 40 years as a coach and teacher in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and 38 of those years were at North Mecklenburg. At North, he coached football, baseball, softball, tennis and track, but he made his mark with the basketball team. Holden guided North Mecklenburg to the 1987 N.C. 4A state championship game in Chapel Hill and won more than 400 games, ultimately posting one of the best coaching careers, in any sport, in Mecklenburg County history.

From 1985-99, he served as athletics director, coach and teacher at North Meck. In 1999, he stepped down as boys basketball coach, promoting Duane Lewis to the head job. In 2009, Holden was among 456 teachers laid off by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools because of an anticipated reduction in federal, state and county funding due to the economic downturn. He returned to the school, part time, for a brief period five years later.

The school annually hosts a basketball tournament, the Leroy Holden Challenge, in his honor.

2016 NCHSAA Hall of Fame Class

Donald Davis – Burlington, Cummings High School

Herb Goins – High Point, T.W. Andrews High School

Leroy Holden – Cornelius, North Mecklenburg High School

Robert “Bob” Murphrey – Ayden, Ayden-Grifton High School

Mike Silver – Old Fort, McDowell High School

Dr. William “Bill” Steed – Advance, Davie County Schools

Ralph “Jug” Wilson (posthumously) – Glen Alpine, Glen Alpine & Freedom High School – Will be represented by his wife and daughter

Marty Woods – Stoneville, Dalton McMichael High School

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