Coastal Bank & Trust Jacksonville-Onslow Sports Hall of Fame Information
The 2016 Coastal Bank & Trust Jacksonville-Onslow Sports Hall of Fame Ceremony is set for Thursday, June 16, 2016 at the Courtyard by Marriott. Doors will open at 5 PM and dinner will begin at 5:30 PM. The ceremony will start promptly 6:30 PM. The 15 Year Anniversary features 3 amazing men, 4 National/International Award winners, and a group that has gone above and beyond to push sport to a new level. Tickets are on sale for $75 a person and are general admission tickets. Those wishing to get premium, reserved seating can purchase a Corporate Table of 8 for $1,000. Corporate tables will also receive recognition in the event program. Tickets are limited, so please call Ashleigh Bachert at 910-347-3141 x 248 to purchase today.
The Class of 2016 features the late Quincy Monk, Otto “Benjy” Taylor, Jr., and Homer Spring, Jr.
Quincy Monk was a White Oak High School multi-sport standout athlete. With many accolades from his high school career, he decided his future was in football and accepted an offer to play at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After another successful 4-year career that ended with a win over Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, he was drafted in the 7th round by the New York Giants. After 4 years in the NFL (3 years with the Giants and 1 year with the Texans), Quincy stepped away from the football field and excelled in the corporate world. He started with the Argentum Capital Management group as a Managing Director and ended his career with The Select Group as a Senior Recruiter. During his playing days and post-football career, he continued to give back to the community by volunteering in different capacities with organizations and serving on multiple board of directors. He is survived by his wife Lisa and their two children, Naomi and Aiden.
Otto “Benjy” Taylor, Jr. was a Jacksonville High School Basketball athlete. He excelled on the court and used it to his advantage to become one of the first Division I Men’s Basketball player to be recruited out of Onslow County when he accepted an offer to play for the University of Richmond. During his 4-year career, the Richmond Spiders appeared in 1 NIT tournament and 2 NCAA Tournaments. The 1988 team advanced to the Sweet Sixteen with upsets over Indiana and Georgia Tech. Upon completion of his collegiate career, he made his way into the coaching world as a Graduate Assistant at the University of Richmond. In the last 27 years he has been on the coaching staffs at 11 different institutions, is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the Black Coaches Association, was named the 2008-09 Independent Division Coach of the Year and named HSBC National Coach of the Year. He has four children – Tyler, Otto, Ostin, and daughter Olive.
Our final inductee into the Class of 2016 is Homer Spring, Jr. Another multi-sport athlete at White Oak High School, Homer eventually found his calling in coaching. While in high school competing at the state level in wrestling and winning baseball conference championships, he also coached and umpired little league baseball. He attended East Carolina University after graduation and received his degree in Mathematics. After ECU, he took his first job at Dixon High School where he taught and coached. Over a 30 plus year period, he would either assist or coach 14 different sports. He served as the Athletic Director from 1985-2012. Also during that time period, he served the state and the community in various ways ranging from being a referee to being a member of the NCHSAA Wrestling Rules Advisory Committee and more. He was recognized as Coach of the Year in 2 different sports, won 3 State Championships in wrestling as a coach, won the 1994 NCHSAA Sportsmanship Award, the 2005-06 and 2007-08 NCHSAA Dick Knox Golden Whistle Award, and the 2011 National Wrestling Hall of Fame Service Award.
This year will also feature the introduction of the Coastal Bank & Trust Hero’s Spirit Award. The award is given to an organization, person, event, contributor, etc. that has pushed sport to a new level in that calendar year. The winner of this inaugural award for 2016 is Ainsley’s Angels of Eastern North Carolina. The organization which started 3 years ago works to promote inclusion for all in endurance races. Three years ago, Ainsley’s Angels debuted at the Marine Corps Half Marathon with 3 teams running the event. At the 2015 Marine Corps Half Marathon, the organization had 26 teams competing and that number continues to grow as families with people of disabilities learn about their organization and mission. Ainsley’s Angels of Eastern NC continues to support local races with an average of 10 teams competing.
Finally, the event will recognize those that have achieved National or International recognition for their efforts in sports. This year the event will recognize 4 individuals. The first is Doug Kidd from Swansboro High School for his National Soccer Coaches Association Girl’s Soccer Coach of the Year. The second is Jason Loukides from the All-Marine Wrestling Team for his USA Wrestling Greco Coach of the Year Award. The third is Captain Bryce Saddoris from the All-Marine Wrestling Team for being named the 2015 All-Marine Male Athlete of the Year. The final individual is Johnny Stevenson for the 2015 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Championship win for Stevenson Motorsports.