Groce, Payne honored by NCHSAA
by Staff Reports
Former Watauga football coach and athletic director Jack Groce, and current Ashe athletic director Marc Payne were named to an exclusive list compiled by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association for prep athletic administrators.
The list is part of the NCHSAA's celebration of its 100th anniversary. The list Groce and Payne were named to honors the top 100 athletic administrators in NCHSAA history, which dates back to 1913.
Groce served as football coach at Appalachian High School from 1955-65 and at Watauga High from 1972-76. He was also Watauga's athletic director and assistant principal from 1977-90, and was the county athletic director for the next two years.
Groce was also the president of the North Carolina Athletic Directors Association and served a four-year term on the NCHSAA board of directors.
Groce was inducted into the North Carolina Athletic Directors Hall of Fame in 1996, and was selected into the NCHSAA Hall of Fame in 2001.
Payne coached prep basketball for over 35 years, including stints at Beaver Creek, Watauga and Ashe. He was also the athletic director at Ashe, and served on the board of directors for the North Carolina Coaches Association.
Payne was also on the North Carolina Athletic Director's Association board of directors.