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Pfeiffer Hall of Famer Jack Ingram to Be Inducted into Stanly County Sports Hall of Fame

ALBEMARLE, N.C. - One has been an athletic leader at Pfeiffer University for nearly 40 years. The other assisted the development of amateur athletics in the South Stanly area more than any other person. The 2013 inductees into the Stanly County Sports Hall of Fame are Jack Ingram and the late Kermit L. Young.

These two men will be recognized at the Stanly Chamber of Commerce’s annual Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 29 at the Stanly Regional Medical Family and Education Center. After the two inductions and the special guest speaker’s message, persons attending the ceremony will be treated to a heavy hors d’oeuvres reception.

Ingram is a native of Stanly County and attended North Stanly High School from 1966 to 1970, where he was a star basketball player for the Comets. Ingram then enrolled at Pfeiffer College where he played basketball and earned a BA degree in Business Administration and Economics in 1974. Almost immediately, Ingram began his career as a coach and administrative leader for Pfeiffer athletic programs.

From 1974 to 1976, Jack Ingram served as Assistant Basketball Coach for the Pfeiffer College men’s basketball team. From 1975 to 1976, he also served as Head Coach for the Pfeiffer men’s junior varsity basketball team.

From 1977 to 1982, Ingram was the Head Coach of the Pfeiffer women’s basketball team, compiling a record of 72-53. His record included an undefeated conference championship in 1978 and advancement to the national tournament in 1979 with a no.13 national ranking. He was the conference Coach of the Year in 1978, and was runner-up for National Coach of the Year in 1979. The ladies on his basketball teams had an outstanding 93 percent graduation rate.

From 1977 to 1992 and again in 1996, Ingram served as Head Coach of the Pfeiffer women’s softball team, compiling a record of 365-170. As head softball coach, his teams won four regular season conference championships, four conference tournament championships, a district championship in 1982, and state championships in 1979 and 1980. For 14 consecutive years, his teams finished first or second in the conference and advanced to the state playoffs. Ingram was selected conference softball Coach of the Year in 1970, 1981 and 1989, and was District Coach of the Year in 1982. With all this success, his softball players also had an incredible 96 percent graduation rate.

In 1980, Ingram earned his masters degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since 1978, he has served as an Assistant Professor in the Pfeiffer University’s Sports Management program and is currently the Department Head for that program. In the early 1990s, Ingram served as Pfeiffer’s Athletic Director, and is currently serving as Acting Interim Athletic Director.

Other honors Jack Ingram has earned while at Pfeiffer include: serving as District Chairman for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics from 1992 to 1995; earning the Award of Merit from NAIA in 1995; and serving as Pfeiffer’s Faculty Athletic Representative to the NCAA. In 1995, Jack Ingram was inducted into the Pfeiffer University Sports Hall of Fame. In 2000, the Pfeiffer softball field was renamed Jack Ingram Field. And in 2009, Ingram received the Outstanding Pfeiffer Alumnus Award.

While carrying out his many academic and athletic duties at Pfeiffer, Jack Ingram has also found the time to help as the Assistant Coach for the North Stanly girl’s basketball team for the past eleven years.

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