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ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME

Francis Essic

Year Inducted: 1996
Category: Basketball/Golf Coach


John Francis Essic

Basketball Coach
Golf Coach

• Played Four Years of Minor League Baseball 1947-49 and 52
• Coached Wetcome Basketball High School Team to State Championship in 1952
• Organized the Pfeiffer College Falcon Club 1963

Basketball
• Pfeiffer Head Basketball Coach 1960-69
• First Pfeiffer Basketball Coach to Reach 100 Wins
• 1964-65 Team Finished Second in the Very Competitive Carolinas Conference, Record: 21-9
• Coached One All-American

Golf
• Pfeiffer Head Golf Coach from 1960-69
• Teams Won over 65 Percent of their Matches for Nine Seasons
• Coached Three Golfers Who Won Individual conference Titles
o Served as Civitan International President 1967-68
o In 1969 Coach Essic became Business Manager for the Carolina Cougars of the American Basketball Association. He later moved to Gastonia where he owned and operated Essic Sport Shop for more than 25 Years
o Organized and served three terms as President of the Gastonia Sportsman Club 


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