Three with ACC Ties Named to Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame

June 24, 2011

GREENSBORO – Three individuals with ACC ties are among the 14 new members named to the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame in the Class of 2011 announced Thursday.

Those members are former ACC Supervisor of Football Officials Bradley Faircloth, former Virginia Tech baseball coach Chuck Hartman and former UNC men’s soccer player Eddie Pope. Their bios are listed below.

The Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame was created in 2005 and the new members bring the total to 78. All members of the 2011 class will be inducted at a banquet on Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum. For ticket information, call (336) 378-4499.

Few people know more about officiating football games than Bradley Faircloth. He worked as an official for 25 years, including 17 with the ACC, and called more than 200 games, including seven bowl games. In 1983 he became the ACC’s Supervisor of Football Officials and served in that capacity through 1998. That year he received the Top Official award from the National Football Foundation for his contributions to officiating. A native of Fayetteville, Faircloth graduated from Grimsley, where he played football and basketball.

The baseball program at High Point College really got going under the leadership of coach Chuck Hartman. During his 19 seasons the Panthers won 10 Carolinas Conference championships, five NAIA district titles and made two NAIA national tournaments. On the way to a 483-225 record, he was named conference and District 26 coach of the year numerous times and NAIA national coach of the year in 1976. When Hartman left High Point after 1978, he went to Virginia Tech. He coached the Hokies for 25 years and won 889 games, retiring after the 2003 season.

Few American soccer players have had careers to match that of Eddie Pope. He played four years at Southwest Guilford High School (and was the football place-kicker for three years and a baseball player one year) and four at North Carolina, where he earned All-ACC honors. He played for the U.S. National Team for 11 seasons, appearing in the 1996 Olympics and 1998 World Cup, and played 12 years in Major League Soccer. He was the MLS Defender of the Year in 1997. His primary assignment was to shut down the opponent’s best scorer, but Pope also scored the game-winning goal to give DC United the first MLS title. In April of 2011 he was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame.