Calvin Lane came to work at UNCW in 1969 and retired in 1990 from his faculty position, and in 1999 from his coaching position. First he was Financial Aid Director and then a faculty member in the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER). He served as men's tennis coach for one year, men's soccer coach for 15 years, and men's golf coach for 15 years. In the interview, he discusses building the soccer and golf programs, and the growth and development of athletics at UNCW. He led soccer to a spot in the national top-20, often competing against teams with more resources. He closes by discusses his philosophy of coaching. Mr. Lane's retirement has included playing professional golf.
David Miller, Professor of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER), discusses his time teaching at UNCW and his experience as a Wilmington College student-athlete. He also discuses his belief in the important role of athletics in higher education. Dr. Miller was recruited by Coach Bill Brooks to play baseball. He was a member of the Wilmington College team when the team won the No. 1 spot in junior college baseball during his freshman year. During his sophomore year, the team was No. 2 nationwide. He graduated from Wilmington College with an associate's degree and continued his education elsewhere. Returning to his alma mater, Dr. Miller served in various administrative roles, including director of UNCW summer school, chair of HPER, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and professor.
Mr. Melvin L. (Mel) Gibson describes his career at UNCW and elsewhere in this visual oral history interview. A North Carolina native, Mr. Gibson played basketball in high school and earned a grant in aid to play at Western Carolina University. He graduated in 1963 and had the opportunity to play in the Pan American games. Mr. Gibson played professional basketball for a year and then turned to coaching. While coaching at Baptist College (Charleston, SC), Mr. Gibson met Coach Brooks, who recruited him to UNCW in 1972. After one year as assistant coach, he became head basketball coach. Mr. Gibson discusses his coaching philosophy, his teaching philosophy (he taught in physical education and health throughout his career), and Mr. Brooks' leadership in getting UNCW a spot in the Colonial Athletic Association. Mr. Gibson also reminisces about former players and colleagues. He stepped down from coaching in 1986, but continued as a faculty member until his retirement in 2000
Wayne Jackson came to Wilmington from Rocky Mount, NC, to host a television talk show at the local NBC television affiliate. While at the station, he was involved in broadcasting early UNCW athletic events, including the first televised Wilmington College basketball game in 1960. He also discusses the 1977 match between UNCW and Wake Forest. Trask Coliseum was dedicated during this event. Following his retirement from WECT in 1989, he worked as an announcer for UNCW basketball, traveling with the Seahawks for 13 years.
William Jasper (Bill) Brooks served as the first Athletics Director as well as basketball and baseball coach. Mr. Brooks came to Wilmington in 1951 to hold a dual appointment for New Hanover High School and Wilmington College. He began full-time at Wilmington College in 1956. He served as chair of the physical education department until his retirement in 1991. Mr. Brooks has been inducted into the NC Sports Hall of Fame and the UNCW Sports Hall of Fame. In this interview, Mr. Brooks discusses some of the students, faculty, and administrators he worked with over the years as he built the athletic program at UNCW. These people include faculty members in physical education (David Miller, Mel Gibson, and David Warner), UNCW administrators Charles Cahill, Marshall Crews, and William Randall, and many students/alumni.
In this interview, author and Wilmington notable Wilbur Jones discusses his childhood and adolescence in Wilmington, his experiences in the U.S. Navy, and his long political career, which includes doing advance work for the White House under the Nixon and Ford Administrations.