J. Allan "Al" Proctor

1936- 2021

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction 

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Tracy D’Errico

1988 - 2020

NC State University

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John Irvin Barnes III 

1944 - 2019

Bernard “Bernie” Capps, Jr.

1945-2019

Rocky Mount High School

Elton Gale Hawley

1948-2016

Carolinas Healthcare System

John Herman Bunch, Jr

1933 - 2015

Tracy Scott Hefner,

1969-2014

East Burke High School

 

David Costner McAllister

1960-2014

Cary Academy

​Larry Dean Carpenter

1966-2013

Ashbrook High School

 

​William “Bill” Thomas Griffin

1969-2013

Greensboro Orthopedics

 

Al Proctor grew up in Shelby, NC and graduated from Shelby High School in 1954. He graduated from Gardner Webb College with an Associate of Arts degree in 1956 and from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1958. Al's interest in athletic training was kindled while a student at Wake Forest where he was an assistant to the head athletic trainer. After graduation, Al moved to Greensboro and taught at Lindley Junior High School and Greensboro Senior High School (now Grimsley High School), where he worked as a teacher, counselor and athletic trainer.

At Greensboro Senior High, he became the state's first nationally certified athletic trainer. He was an assistant athletic trainer with the New York Yankees under Gus Mauch and Casey Stengel from 1960 to 1961. Al began his love of NC State University athletics working for eight years as an assistant athletic director and athletic trainer. While at NC State, he earned his Master's in Education (M.Ed) and Doctor of Education (D.Ed) in Adult and Community College Education. The following seventeen years were spent at the NC Department of Public Instruction where Al served as Director of Athletics and Sports Medicine. He helped launch high school sports medicine programs throughout the state and developed an adult-teacher certification program, which led to greater safety for athletes on the playing field. He established the nation's first student athletic trainer clinic, which ran for more than 30 years and he taught the trade to more than 5,000 students. As Founder & Director of the state's first sports medicine program, he worked to make sure every high school in the state was staffed by a skilled athletic trainer. His efforts led to the re-injury rate of high school athletes dropping from 71% to 7%. Al was known in high school circles as "The Father of Sports Medicine." He spent over 50 years involved at virtually every level of athletics, either as an athletic trainer or advocating for adequate care for North Carolina student athletes. One of the highlights of his career in sports medicine was being inducted into the NC Sports Hall of Fame in 2011. Al served for many years as a consultant on the NC Medical Society Sports Medicine Committee. He was on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association for five years.

 

 

Tracy Claire Yoshikawa D’Errico, 32, of Raleigh, NC, passed away on May 6, 2020 after a yearlong battle with liposarcoma. She was the daughter of David and Ruth Yoshikawa. Tracy was born January 11, 1988 in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  Tracy attended Albion College in Albion, Michigan where she was a soccer student-athlete while also pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education with a major in athletic training. 

 

Tracy moved to North Carolina to study at East Carolina University (ECU) earning her Masters of Science in Exercise and Sports Science with a concentration in Sports Management while also working as a graduate assistant.  Upon graduation from ECU she joined the ECU athletic department as a full-time athletic trainer working with the women’s soccer team.  She was a lover of sports and all things outdoors including both the beach and the mountains. She especially loved soccer.  Tracy then joined NC State as an athletic trainer in the spring of 2016 where she cared for the Women’s Soccer team until her passing. Tracy leaves behind her husband Christopher D’Errico, her parents, Ruth and David; brother, Torey; and a host of other family, friends, and colleagues.