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Whereas, Kinston High School Athletic Director and Men’s Varsity Basketball Coach Wells Gulledge, 39, is a native of Rockingham, where he was a star guard for Richmond County High School; and
Whereas, he played basketball at Mount Olive College, was a graduate assistant and is now in the school’s Sports Hall of Fame; and
Whereas, Coach Gulledge obtained his first head-coaching position at Jacksonville High School in 1998 where he was the youngest 4A head coach in North Carolina at the age of 25; and
Whereas, Coach Gulledge came to Kinston High School in 2001 only weeks before the season began and led the Vikings to the 3A Eastern Regional, and has a 274-55 record at KHS; and
Whereas, under his leadership the Vikings have played in the NCHSAA Eastern Regional finals each of the past six years, winning four to advance to the state championship; and
Whereas, those four Viking teams earned three state titles during the last six years; and
Whereas, Coach Gulledge is known throughout the Southeastern United States for creating and running an 11-year old summer tournament called the East Coast Invitational that brings many of the best high school teams in the country to eastern North Carolina; and
Whereas, Coach Wells Gulledge, has had several dozen players go on to play college basketball in his 11-year tenure in Kinston, including Corey Rouse to ECU (Kinston class of 2002), Herbert Hill to Providence (2002), Jeremy Ingram to Wake Forest/ECU (2003), Michael Jenkins to Winthrop (2004), Miguel Starkey to LCC/UNC-Pembroke (2007), Curtis “Nootsie” Hines to LCC/Shaw (2007), Bo Ingram to Texas-Arlington (2008), Reggie Bullock to UNC (2010) and Dory Hines to Mount Olive (2010); and
Whereas, Coach Wells Gulledge is roundly acknowledged in today’s prep coaching community as being the preeminent high school basketball coach in North Carolina, regardless of age; and
Whereas, Coach Wells Gulledge was named the 2008 Associated Press Coach of the Year.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BJ Murphy, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Mayor of Kinston, do hereby proclaim May 5, 2012 as:
“COACH WELLS GULLEDGE DAY”
in the City of Kinston, NC and call upon our citizens to help celebrate this day.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have here unto set my hand and caused to be affixed the official seal of the City of Kinston this 5th day of May, in the year of our Lord, two thousand and twelve.