Jacksonville-Onslow Sports Hall of Fame - Class of 2015 Selected
The Jacksonville-Onslow Sports Commission is proud to announce John Liles and Billy Joe Morgan as this year’s inductees into the Sports Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was created in 2002 and recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the sporting community while in Onslow County as an athlete, coach or special contributor.
John Liles has created his legacy in Track and Field. His high school and collegiate career prepped him for his success at Swansboro High School. His career at Barton College was highlighted by a NAIA Carolina Conference and District 29 javelin titles. He was named MVP of the team his Junior and Senior season and still holds the career record in points at Barton College. Due to his standout performance at Barton, he was inducted into the Barton College Hall of Fame in 2000. After college, he was hired at Swansboro Middle School and led the Track and Field team to 16 out of 17 Onslow Athletic Conference Championships. In 2005 he coached the Swansboro High School Girls Track and Field team and during a 6 year reign he posted a 316-7 record with 17 conference championships, 12 east regional titles and 17 individual state champions. He has been selected as Coach of the Year for either the Boys or Girls Track and Field teams 10 times since 1978. John continues to coach the girls track team, assists in conference and regional meets and is a mainstay in the area indoor track program.
Billy Joe Morgan was an integral person in the start of youth soccer in Onslow County in 1975. He followed in his parents’ footsteps, fellow Hall of Famers Joe and Ruth Morgan, in giving back to the community. He was selected to be the President for the Jacksonville Area Soccer Association in 1976 and held that position until 2001. He arranged to have clinics for coaches, referees and players, while also arranging for local and regional camps to encourage the growth of the sport. In 1984 he helped Jacksonville become involved in “Classic Soccer” which helped JASA teams compete in and win state championships over a 10 year period. In 1986, for four consecutive years, he coached the U-17 teams that qualified for the “final four” of youth soccer in their age group. In 1988 the team won the State Championship. Billy Joe became the expert for communities across the state looking to start youth soccer programs. He would serve many positions on the state level: Men’s Classic Soccer Coordinator, Age Group Coordinator, Classic Soccer Scheduler, chaired the Protest Appeals Committee and served on the Board of Directors for both the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association and the North Carolina Amateur Sports Association. With encouragement from them Mayor George Jones, Billy Joe and others helped form the Jacksonville-Onslow Sports Authority. In 1997 Billy Joe was selected for the first class to enter the North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame. As a well-respected practicing attorney, he has served as president to the local bar association. He was also selected as Jacksonville-Onslow Man of the Year in 1989.
Deadline to purchase tickets and obtain a base pass is Friday February 20th by 5PM. Information about tickets to attend this annual event can be obtained by calling the Jacksonville – Onslow Sports Commission at (910) 347-3141 x 248 or by stopping by the Commerce Center located on 1099 Gum Branch Rd., Jacksonville, NC.