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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Carl Tacy once had the second-best career record for a Wake Forest men's basketball coach, which qualified him as something of a legend at the time of his resignation in 1985.
Twenty-eight years later, that designation became official when Tacy, who turns 80 this year, was recognized as Wake Forest's representative at last week's ACC Legends ceremony in Greensboro, N.C.
Aside from time he spent in Virginia's Nelson County, where he coached his grandson on the Nelson County High School junior varsity and helped with the varsity, Tacy has lived in the Winston-Salem, N.C., area, where he once operated a string of yogurt stores.
He was born in West Virginia and played basketball at Davis & Elkins College before accepting a position at Pulaski High School, where his eight-year stint as boys basketball coach included a state championship.
From there, Tacy went to Ferrum College, then a two-year program, and was 67-14 over his three seasons. That was followed by two seasons at Marshall, the second as head coach, when the Thundering Herd went 23-4.
Tacy posted a 13-year record of 222-149 at Wake, where he twice took teams to regional finals. His next-to-last team went 23-9 in 1984, the most wins by a Wake team to that point.
Athletic director Gene Hooks said he was "shocked" when Tacy offered his resignation after the '85 season.
"I would have loved to stay in coaching longer," said Tacy, who realized that he needed to make staff changes after finishing 15-14 that season but was tormented by the idea of having to fire coaches. "I do think about it often."
Cradle of referees
College basketball official Roger Ayers from Roanoke was selected to call the ACC championship game this past Sunday between North Carolina and Miami, marking his second ACC title game in a row and his third overall.
Another Roanoke Valley official, veteran Duke Edsall, was on his way to Detroit on Wednesday to work in the NCAA tournament for the 23rd time in 25 years. Edsall calls games in Conference USA, the Big 12 and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
Roanoke's Paul Housman called four ACC finals between 1982 and 1990 and also officiated the 1983 NCAA title game between North Carolina State and Houston. His longtime sidekick and fellow Roanoker, Dan Wooldridge, called games in the ACC and officiated in the NCAA tournament 13 times.
For the second time in three years, Georgetown has swooped into Albemarle County and taken a top-rated basketball prospect from the Miller School, 6-foot-9 Isaac Copeland from Raleigh, N.C.
Virginia had extended an offer to Copeland and may have thought that its toughest competition would come from an ACC rival, N.C. State, obviously located closer to his home. Rivals.com rates him the No. 35 prospect in the 2014 class.
Georgetown earlier had landed ex-Miller big man Brandon Bolden, who committed in 2010 but played at two other high schools before arriving at Georgetown this year. He has played in only four games and for a total of five minutes.
Liberty is the destination for second-team All-Timesland football selection Thomas Kennedy, a 6-foot, 245-pound tight end from Lord Botetourt. Kennedy, a recruited walk-on, also played linebacker for the Cavaliers.
The Flames will look at Kennedy at fullback, a position he played as a junior for Lord Botetourt. He considered Wingate, UVa-Wise and Emory & Henry before selecting Liberty, where he will be reunited with former Cavalier teammate Mitch Hanson.
Going out in style
Former Timesland swimmer of the year and Hidden Valley graduate Lauren Hines, a senior at the University of Richmond, was on four championship relay teams and added two individual silvers and a bronze as the Spiders won their third consecutive Atlantic-10 women's swimming and diving championship.
NFL scouts in Charlottesville on Tuesday for Virginia's "pro day" were quick to take notice of LaRoy Reynolds, an outside linebacker who was second on the team in tackles last season. Reynolds (6-2, 230) ran 40 yards in 4.58 seconds, had a 37-inch vertical leap, broad-jumped 10 1⁄2 feet and bench-pressed 225 pounds 28 times.
Voice from past
William Fleming graduate Ryan Price, headed to the NCAA men's basketball tournament as an assistant coach at Southern University, is the son of ex-Virginia Tech basketball player Tic Price.
Tic Price, a former head coach at Memphis State, is the life skills coordinator at Lamar University and "just trying to stay relevant," he said Wednesday.
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