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Originally published: 2014-01-09 17:43:09
Last modified: 2014-01-09 17:43:55

Jack Groce to be recognized by NCHSAA

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association could have placed Jack Groce in a couple of categories when they compiled their lists of the 100 to Remember.
The NCHSAA chose to put Groce in its 100-Adminstrators to Remember list. Groce and those on the lists for coaches, athletes and administrators Saturday at the Year-end Gala Reception at the Embassy Suites in Cary.
The NCHSAA is also honoring 100 coaches, 100 male athletes and 100 female athletes. Those honored will be introduced to the audience and receive a commemorative medallion and watch.
Groce could have been easily put on the coaches' list since he coached football for 20 years at Appalachian High School (1955-65) and at Watauga High (1972-76). The Blue Devils (Appalachian High) won state championships in the Region 3 AA division in 1961, 1962 and 1964.
Groce's 1962 team went undefeated with a record of 11-0. The stadium at the old Wataga High School and current Watauga stadium were both named Jack Groce Stadium.
Groce also served as a assistant principal and athletic director at Watauga High from 1977-90. He was the Watauga County athletic director the following two years.
Groce also coached baseball while at Appalachian High. He also coached golf at Watauga High. He also was an assistant coach at Appalachian State.
Groce is a former president of the North Carolina Athletic Directors Association and served a four-year term on the NCHSAA Board of Directors.
He was inducted into the North Carolina Athletic Directors Hall of Fame in 1996 and into the NCHSAA Hall of Fame in 2001.