Caldwell County Sports Hall of Fame
The Caldwell County Sports Hall of Fame was started by the Caldwell County Rotary Club in 1989. On Monday, March 14th, the 32nd candidates were inducted.
The inductees were: Toney Helton (posthumously), a basketball and baseball player for Collettsville High School in the 1950s who also played basketball at Clemson University. A.G. Jonas Jr., a multi-sport athlete for Lenoir High School in the 1950s who rushed for 1,047 yards averaging 10.4 yards per carry in 1952. Lee Anthony Glass ("Big A"), an athlete for South Caldwell High School who has had a very successful career as a strength and conditioning coach in college athletics and is currently the Assistant AD for Strength and Conditioning of Olympic Sports at Appalachian State University. Alan C. Beck, a baseball star for South Caldwell High School and Western Carolina University where he won Southern Conference Player of the Year and who is currently the Associate Head Coach for Hitting at Georgia Southern University.
The four new inductees bring the total number of 130 individuals recognized during the 32 classes. Plaques for all previous inductees are displayed upstairs at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center. Assisting the Caldwell County Rotary Club with this community service project is corporate sponsor, Blue Ridge Energy.
The Sports Hall of Fame also honored two teams of excellence: The 1969 Lenoir High School football team that had an undefeated regular season and the 1982 South Caldwell High School baseball team that won the N.C. state championship. Players and coaches of these teams were recognized at the event.
The Caldwell County Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremonies were held Monday, March 14th, 2022 at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center. For more information about the Hall of Fame or to obtain a nomination form for future consideration, contact Chris Cole at 828-496-2038.