WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW NEWS RELEASE) — Women’s athletics pioneer Sheila Boles, men’s golf standout Derek Brown, gifted sprinter Xavier Chisholm and longtime benefactor David Jones will be honored during the ninth induction of the UNCW Athletic Hall of Fame on campus in early February
The addition of the four individuals will push the group’s membership to 41 overall since the inaugural event took place in 1998. A reception will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 11:30 a.m. in the Warwick Center, with the induction ceremony slated to follow at Noon. Tickets may be purchased for $20 each at the athletic ticket office in Trask Coliseum.
Boles left her mark as a trail blazer and pioneer in women’s athletics at UNCW as a two-sport student-athlete from 1973-76.
A native of Fayetteville, N.C., she played on the school’s first women’s basketball team in 1973 and became the school’s first recipient of a women’s basketball scholarship in 1974. She was a three-time team MVP in women’s basketball and was named NAIA District 28 Player-of-the-Year in 1976.
Boles, who also played on the volleyball team that captured the 1974 AIAW state championship, continued to excel upon graduation, earning recognition as an outstanding coach and administrator during an accomplished 31-year career. She coached boy’s basketball locally at John T. Hoggard High School, compiling a 167-120 record in 11 seasons, and then served as the school’s athletic director from 1999-2008.
Boles collected an array of honors for her coaching and administrative skills. She was named NCHSAA Athletic Director of the Year in 2008 and was inducted into the NCHSAA Hall of Fame and Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame in 2011. Last March, she was honored by the Colonial Athletic Association as a CAA Legend at the league’s championship tournament in Upper Marlboro, Md.
A long ball hitter with a cool temperament, Brown was a model of consistency for the UNCW men’s golf team during his career from 2001-04.
After moving to the coast from Walnut Cove, N.C., Brown enjoyed an outstanding career with the Seahawks, leading the team to its first CAA championship in 2004 and NCAA Regional berths in 2003 and 2004.
Brown, who won the 2002 North Carolina Amateur title, was a four-time All-CAA selection with the Seahawks and captured three individual titles during his collegiate run. He played in 46 tournaments in four seasons and recorded a 73.4 stroke average, tops on the all-time list for eight years.
In the spring of 2004, Brown was named the recipient of the Thomas V. Moseley Award as UNCW’s top-student athlete.
Brown competed on the Hooter’s Tour and became the first Seahawk golfer to play in the U.S. Open when he qualified for the 2005 event at Pinehurst No. 2 in Pinehurst, N.C.
Chisholm combined a gift for running swiftly with a tireless work ethic to reign as the track and field program’s elite sprinter from 1998-2002.
The Charlotte, N.C., product propelled the Seahawks to four consecutive CAA championships. In the 2001 CAA meet, he swept the 100 and 200-meters as the Seahawks recorded the fifth of six straight conference titles.
When his collegiate career concluded, Chisholm had captured a remarkable seven CAA gold medals. He won the 100 meters three times (2000-02), 200 meters twice (2001-02) and ran a leg on the winning 4×100 Relay (2000) and 4×400 Relay (2000) units.
A 10-time All-East selection, Chisholm was also a member of the Penn Relay champion 4×200 Relay Team.
Jones, meanwhile, has made significant contributions to the growth and prosperity of Seahawk athletics through his involvement as a philanthropist, business leader, civic leader and volunteer.
He has served as president of the Seahawk Club and as a member of the UNCW Board of Visitors, spending numerous hours raising funds for athletic scholarships and supporting all of the athletic programs.
In addition to establishing an endowed scholarship at UNCW, Jones partnered with George W. Rountree, III, in 1989 to provide funding for the Rountree-Jones Basketball Facility, a new home for the Seahawk men’s basketball team. He was honored by UNCW as a recipient of the Razor Walker Award in 2006 for his dedication in improving the lives of and educational opportunities for North Carolina’s children and youth.
A well-known community leader, Jones has played a prominent role as a model citizen during his impressive career, including service as Mayor of the City of Wilmington from 1999-2001.