Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Former Providence Day girls basketball coach Barbara Nelson among HOF inductees

Barbara Nelson, who seven girls basketball state championships at Providence Day and is one of the winningest coaches N.C. history, will be inducted into the school's Hall of Fame Sept. 24 with five others.

Here is the media release from Providence Day.

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – The Providence Day School Athletic Department
and the Providence Day School Alumni Association will induct one former coach
and five alumni athletes into the Charger Hall of Fame at the Breakfast of
Champions on Saturday, September 24.

The Breakfast of Champions will take place at 10:30 am in the Mosack Athletic Center on the Providence Day School campus. This year’s inductees include Jeff West '83, Charlie Porter '84, Mark Schuler '96, Erika (Proko) Hamilton '99, Ryan Carson  '00 and Coach
Barbara Nelson.

Jeff West ’83 participated in football, baseball and wrestling at Providence Day School, receiving post season honors in football and baseball. He was a third baseman on the 1983 State Championship Baseball team and was the recipient of the Rob Eck Memorial scholarship. Jeff rowed for the Crew team at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill while earning his bachelor’s degree. He earned his MBA from Clemson University and works for Westco Filters helping the company to grow in new areas of industrial filtration. Jeff has completed several marathons and Multiple Sclerosis 150 bike rides over the last several years including the Chicago Marathon in 2003

Charlie Porter ’84 participated in football, baseball, and track and field while at Providence Day School. He was middle linebacker and fullback/tight and also served as team captain, earning post-season awards. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also played football for the Tar Heels in the fall of 1984, and went on to graduate from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry. Charlie is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry with a practice located in the Cotswold area of Charlotte. He is an avid runner and cyclist, completing seven marathons and five trips to Myrtle Beach with the Multiple Sclerosis 150.

Mark Schuler  '96 participated in basketball while at Providence Day School, earning All-Conference and All-State honors. He was awarded the Coaches Award in 1995 and scored his 1,000th point at the beginning of the 1996 season. Mark was also invited to the Reebok Invitational and Five-Star Invitational where he was MVP at the All-Star game and voted Best Defensive Player. At Goucher
College, he finished 6th in the country in 3-point shooting and was awarded a couple of All-Tournament selections and accompanied his team to the NCAA Tournament. After earning his master’s degree in Education, Mark continued his passion for athletics and training by starting two gym facilities in Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD. For the last 12 years, he has had the privilege of performing seminars, mentoring, coaching, demonstrating, and training both personal clients
as well as high school, college, and professional athletes all around the Mid-
Atlantic coast.

Erika (Proko) Hamilton ’99 participated in tennis at Providence Day School, earning All-Conference and All-State honors in each of her four seasons. Erika was a four-year letter winner at Washington and Lee University and a six-time NCAA Division III All-America honoree. She was named as the University’s Senior Female Athlete of the Year, received the Old Dominion Athletic
Conference Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award and was awarded the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship Award for Division III. Erika graduated from Washington and Lee University with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and received the NCAA Postgraduate
Scholarship Award to attend medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her residency at UNC, attended Duke University for an oncology fellowship and is specializing in both clinical breast cancer care and breast cancer research.

Ryan Carson ’00 participated in basketball at Providence Day School, winning two state championships. He led the county in scoring and received CISAA All-Conference and NCISAA All-State honors. Ryan also served as President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes during his senior year. He coached basketball at Yes I can Basketball and ran his own basketball camps. Ryan played Division I basketball at East Tennessee State University and Furman University. He is a
Student Pastor at Forest Hill Church and will graduate from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary with a master’s degree in Christian Thought in December.

Barbara (Frady) Nelson served as the Head Varsity Girls Basketball Coach at Providence Day School for 21 seasons, compiling a 437-176 record with seven NCISAA State Championships. Providence Day School was named the Charlotte Observer Sweet 16 champions five times and won the CISAA Basketball Conference crown nine times under Coach Nelson’s watch. She was also named
the Charlotte Observer girls basketball Coach of the Year four times. Coach Nelson is currently in her fifth season as Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Wingate University and has compiled an overall record of 77-43, 2 NCAA tournament appearances, 1 SAC Championship and 1 SAR Championship.

She led the USA to a gold medal in the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, and helped the USA take the crown at the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship in Toulouse and Rodez, France. Coach Nelson was appointed by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association to the USA TODAY ESPN Board of Coaches to vote on the weekly top 25 coaches’ poll. She earned her bachelor’s degree in
Psychology from Presbyterian College.