The Charlotte Latin School Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes members of the Charlotte Latin School community who have distinguished themselves as outstanding contributors to the School's athletic program by having demonstrated exemplary sportsmanship and character. Inductees also will have established high standards of excellence in athletic achievement.
Elizabeth Barnhardt ’91
Elizabeth Barnhardt and her twin sister Kathryn Barnhardt Van Nort joined the Middle School swim team at Charlotte Latin as sixth graders and continued through their senior year. Under the coaching of Steve Howard, the Charlotte Latin girls’ swim team won the state title all four years of the Barnhardt twins’ varsity swimming career (1988-1991). Both girls were recognized as All-Americans for their individual and relays swims.
The Charlotte Latin swim team attended the prestigious and highly competitive Eastern Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships at La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA. Elizabeth qualified for finals all four years in the 100 butterfly and placed second during her senior year. In 1990, she swam the 100 butterfly in 56:17, which continues to be the School record for that event, 26 years later. In 1991, Elizabeth was named North Carolina High School Female Athlete of the Year and was honored in a presentation by then Governor Jim Martin.
Elizabeth was offered a full scholarship to swim for the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and qualified for the NCAA Championships and the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1992. In 1993, Elizabeth transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was a two-time letterman on the Tarheel swim team.
After graduation from UNC-CH, Elizabeth worked in politics and government, first for ten years with Congressman Robin Hayes (NC-8), and then as a lobbyist for the real estate and home-building industry in Charlotte. In 2010, she was celebrated in the Charlotte Business Journal’s “40 under 40” for her work in the Charlotte community. Elizabeth splits her time between Bemmel, the Netherlands and Charlotte, N.C.
James Wesley Broadway, a Raleigh native, graduated from Wake Forest University in 1969 with a BA in Physical Education. At Wake Forest, Jimmy played four years of ACC basketball and coached a freshman team. From 1970-1985, Jimmy taught middle school math and served as head coach of boys’ varsity basketball, Physical Education Director and Physical Plant Director at Charlotte Country Day School.
Jimmy joined CLS in 1986 as the Physical Plant Director and Middle School boys’ basketball coach. He influenced much of Latin’s campus by initiating construction of the main entrance, the south campus road, six Lower School classrooms, the Bob Knight External Affairs Building, the E. J. Fox, Jr. Middle School building, the Media Center and the Beck Student Activities Center.
Jimmy became Athletic Director in 1993 and coached middle school basketball, Varsity softball, JV football, and Varsity girls’ basketball. Jimmy’s middle school basketball team held a streak of 69 winning games. During Jimmy’s 19-year tenure as AD, Latin won 10 Wells Fargo (Wachovia) Cups, was runner-up three times, and won 65 State Championships. “I hired people smarter than me. I hired good, caring coaches. I got out of their way and let them coach. I only stepped in when needed, which was not often!” Jimmy says of this success.
Jimmy served as Vice President of the NCISAA and President of the CISAA. He was awarded the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award by the NC Athletic Directors Association in 2010 and was inducted into the NCISAA Hall of Fame in 2013.
Jimmy’s family includes his daughter, Brandon Broadway ’95; granddaughter, Corinne Broadway; son-in-law, John Zinkan; sister, Febe, and brother-in-law, Bob Jackson, of Clemmons, N.C.; brother, Olin Broadway, and sister-in law, Sadye-Anne, of Charlotte.
Coach Howard began his career at Charlotte Latin School in 1974. As the Varsity Swim Coach through 2007, he amassed 33 conference titles and 19 state titles with an overall record of 665–147–4. A masterful coach, his program produced 63 state champion swimmers and 27 high school All-American swimmers. Coach Howard was named Mecklenburg County Swim Coach of the Year five times, and in 2008, was honored with Latin’s Hawkspys Lifetime Athletic Achievement award.
In 2004, the Bobby Cockerham, Sr., family established an endowment that funds the Steve Howard Excellence in Coaching award. This award annually recognizes excellence in coaching as personified, modeled and practiced by Coach Howard. The Latin swim team also gives a Coach Howard Heart of Swimming award each year.
In addition to being the swim coach, Coach Howard was a Lower School physical education teacher for 37 years and a beloved bus driver for many of those. For 24 years during the summer months, he enjoyed coaching summer club swimming at Myers Park Country Club, where he won 18 league championships.
Retired from Latin in 2014, Coach Howard and his wife, Pam, live in Charlotte. They have four children, Michelle Howard Marshall ’89, Chip Crockett ’89, Mark Howard, and Jill Jacobs, as well as five grandchildren. Coach enjoys golf, spending his winter months in Florida with Pam, and of course, swimming with his grandchildren.
Jon Michael ’75
In 1971, Jon Michael began ninth grade at Charlotte Latin. He joined the School’s first track team in the spring of 1972 under the direction of Coach Wayne Bowman, a decorated hurdler also from Charlotte.
As a sophomore, Jon won the Regional Junior Olympic mile run held and qualified for nationals. As a senior, Jon won the Independent School Cross Country title and finished twenty-eighth nationally at the AAU Junior Olympic Cross Country Championship. In the winter, Jon competed in Williamsburg, VA, and Greenville, SC, in open mile competition and won both races. Jon remained undefeated in the mile, two-mile, and half-mile in the Independent School Championship held at CLS. He was also the anchor leg on the Distance Medley team and won at Florida Relays in Gainesville, FL, with teammates Doug Ausbon, Scott White and Scott Lee.
Jon graduated as valedictorian of the CLS Class of 1975. He attended The College of William and Mary where he ran cross country and was named All-Southern Conference his freshman year and competed at the NCAA
Division 1 Cross Country Championship. Jon finished his running career earning All-ACC and All-State honors while running for North Carolina State University. John logged more than 10,000 miles and graduated with a degree in electrical engineering with honors.
After college, Jon worked for General Electric in Birmingham, AL. He and his wife, Patricia, had three children before moving to Nashville, TN, with IBM. Jon went on to celebrate his sons, who were on three-time state track and cross country championship teams. Jon and Patricia are proud grandparents of twin 2-year-old granddaughters.
Scot Robison ’07
Scot was a standout swimmer at Latin, being named CISAA All-Conference and NCISAA All-State for four years. Latin’s varsity swim team won two state titles during Scot’s tenure. Individually, Scot was a state champion and School record-holder in freestyle, butterfly, backstroke and relay events throughout his CLS career. He served as a captain of his Latin team during his senior year and received the Class of 2007 Headmaster’s Quest for Character Award for
Post-Latin, Scot earned 21 Division I All-America honors and won 17 ACC titles at the University of Virginia. His Cavalier teams, which he captained his junior and senior years, won ACC team titles each of his four years. UVA also finished among the NCAA’s top 10 teams in each of Scot’s final three years. At graduation, he held seven ACC records. Scot enjoyed being involved in the student-athlete community at UVA and received numerous awards as a scholar-athlete and leader.
Scot was also a member of the USA Swimming National Team. Traveling to China, Mexico and Serbia, he competed in the FINA World Championships, the Pan American Games, and the World University Games. He won seven international medals for Team USA. In addition, Scot was the first alternate for the 2012 Olympic Team.
Since graduating from UVA, Scot has devoted time to founding a youth development nonprofit organization that empowers children in underserved communities in Nicaragua through the sport of swimming.
Jenny Edwards Wood ’91
Virginia (Jenny) was a three-sport athlete at Latin, playing field hockey, basketball and soccer. As a senior, Jenny was instrumental in pushing the Lady Hawks basketball to a victory over Providence Day in the state championship game. In the final two games of that tournament, she scored a combined 60 points. Jenny was named All-Conference and All-State her junior and senior years and first team Observer All-County her senior year. In field hockey, she was first-team All-State her sophomore and junior years.
According to Coach Lee Horton, Jenny (a forward) helped lead the girls’ soccer team to back-to-back state championships in 1989 and 1990. She scored 85 goals, had 35 assists in her Latin career, and was a two-time All-State player.
Upon graduation from Latin, Jenny attended Dartmouth College, where she was recruited to play women's soccer. After being a part of that team her freshman and sophomore years, she walked on to the Dartmouth Women's Lacrosse team as a sophomore – having never played the sport. As a lacrosse defensive midfielder, Jenny was named both first team All-Ivy and first team
All-American during her senior year at Dartmouth. The Dartmouth Women’s team finished third in the NCAA tournament in 1995.
Jenny lives in New York City with her husband, Tom, and three daughters, Mary (11), Virginia (9) and Helen (7). She works for a hedge fund, Senator Investment Group, as Director of Client Relations. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Nightingale Bamford School where her three daughters are students. Jenny also coaches her daughters in lacrosse.
2014 Inductees (inaugural class):
Bev Earle built the tennis program at Charlotte Latin, coaching Varsity Girls' and Varsity Boys' Tennis from September 1971 through June 1987. She led the Hawks boys' team to 10 state titles and the Hawks girls' team to eight state titles during her time at Latin. Coach Earle's personal playing record includes numerous junior titles, participation in prestigious national tournaments including the U.S. Open at Forest Hills, N.Y.; national rankings as high as No. 7 in women's doubles; a tennis scholarship to the University of Florida; and numerous Charlotte city titles and North Carolina state titles.
Bev also provided the Charlotte community with an excellent junior tennis program. Through her private lessons and teaching clinics Coach Earle created a veritable tennis factory that produced countless Division I collegiate tennis players. In 1983, Bev was inducted into the North Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame.
Bev and her husband, Fritz, live in Glade Valley, North Carolina. She has two children, Eric Cansler '82 (deceased) and Linda Cansler William '86.
Coach Faulkner joined Charlotte Latin in 1985 and during his tenure served as Athletic Director, physical education teacher, and coach for various teams. He most notably led the Hawks Boys' Basketball Program for 23 years before retiring in 2007. His Varsity Boys' Basketball teams posted records of 515 wins to 157 losses, earned five state championships, and had only one losing season.
Beyond wins and championships, his belief in teaching through life lessons and his emphasis on academics make a positive difference for young men and women participating in his programs. Recognized nationally for his coaching ability, Coach Faulkner was selected to coach the McDonald's All American Game East team in 2001. For more than 25 years, he spends part of his summer running the Woollen Gymnasium for the UNC Basketball Camp. Known as a great motivator, Coach Faulkner travels the country speaking for camps such as Nike and Prep Stars.
Jerry and his wife, Gail, live in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, where he is in his third season as Head Basketball Coach at Hilton Head Preparatory School.
They have three children, Tara Faulkner McAlister '89, Amy Faulkner Sumner '92, and Charlie Morton '99.
Anthony Morrow '04 had an outstanding basketball career as a Hawk, including being named "Mr. Basketball" in North Carolina as a senior. He was a three-time All-State performer who led his Charlotte Latin team to North Carolina 3A Independent Schools State Championships his junior and senior years. Anthony was a four-year letterman under Coach Jerry Faulkner and served as team captain for two years.
As a senior, Anthony averaged 22.4 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 3.1 assists during Latin's 27-4 record season. He also won MVP honors in the state tournament. During his junior year, he averaged 24 points and 8 rebounds per game during Latin's 26-1 season. (The team's only loss was to Mount Zion Christian Academy in the state championship game.)
Over his college career, Anthony started in 123 games for Georgia Tech, averaging 11.4 points per game and 42% shooting for 3-point shots.
In 2008, Anthony started his first NBA game for the Golden State Warriors, scoring 37 points and setting the record for points scored by an undrafted rookie. He went on to lead the league in 3-point shooting percentage, the only rookie to ever earn that honor.
Anthony lives in Oklahoma City where he plays for the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder. He is the proud father of Kaeden and Aniyah Morrow.
Pender Murphy '77 led the Hawks to three consecutive state team tennis titles and won the individual state championship in 1977. Pender played tennis at Clemson University, where he was a four-time All- American and led the university to three ACC team titles. In 1980, he set an NCAA record by winning 35 consecutive matches. Pender served as team captain of the Clemson team in 1981 and was named team MVP.
From Clemson, he joined the U.S. Tennis Association, where he reached a career high ranking of No. 102 in the world and competed in the French Open and U.S. Open in 1983. In 2008, Pender was inducted into the North Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame, and in 2010 he was inducted into the Clemson Tigers Hall of Fame.
Pender and his wife, Patti, live in Charlotte and are parents to two daughters, Farrell '10 and Tricia '14.
In 1974, Coach Bob Patten left an established football program at South Mecklenburg High School for Charlotte Latin, which had neither a team nor a playable field. He enlisted students in physical education classes to clear rocks from the field to create an acceptable field. After teaching history during the day, Coach Patten was a one-man staff, serving as equipment manager, athletic trainer, and the sole football coach. He eventually recruited one volunteer assistant.
Only three years later, in the fall of 1977, Latin won its first state championship in football. The following year, Latin repeated as state champion, and also recorded the first win against Charlotte Country Day School. Coach Patten was known for involving all members of the Latin community, including members of Latin's special education class. He demanded as much of his players in the classroom as on the athletic field, setting the model for the academic/athletic balance that is so valued at Latin.
Although he retired from coaching in 1983, Coach Patten continued to serve Latin as Upper School Dean of Students and Upper School history teacher until his death in July 1990. On November 3, 1989, Latin's football field was named and dedicated the "Patten Stadium in honor of Robert Alvin Patten, Jr."
Coach Patten and his late wife, Mary Sue, are the parents of Bob Patten, Beth Patten Griffin and John Patten '83.
William Howard Pitt Jr.
Mr. William Howard Pitt Jr. is a member of Charlotte Latin's Founding Board of Trustees and was instrumental in all aspects of the establishment of the School's athletic programs. He made significant contributions to the development of the campus, particularly the track/stadium field where he ensured the irrigation would be set up properly by placing the water lines under the track. He is credited with hiring Coach Bob Patten and establishing the Hawks football program. Founding Board Chair Frank Thies once said that Mr. Pitt "kept things straight in meetings" and was a strong leader in the early days of the School.
An athlete himself – he was captain of the Duke University football team - his passion for the athletic programs stands out among the early leaders of the School.
Mr. Pitt lives in Charlotte. He and his late wife, Anna, are the parents of Susan Pitt Herring, Mariah Pitt Waltemyer '77, Mary Howard Pitt Lassiter '79, and Bill Pitt '86.
David (Dave) A. Thompson served as Charlotte Latin's first athletic director from the founding of the school in 1970 until 1985. During those early years in the School's history, he led the development of both the athletic department and Latin's physical education program. He also served as the Hawks Varsity Boys' Basketball Team coach for 10 seasons, garnering a winning record every year.
Dave was a co-founder and the first president of the Charlotte Independent Athletic Association. He also served as president of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association and was instrumental in building that organization. In 2010, he was inducted into the NCISAA Hall of Fame in recognition of his work organizing the association and for his service as the association's president during the formative years.
Coach Thompson died in 2012. He is survived by his wife, Rhetta, and their children, Michael Thompson '79, Rene Thompson '81, Bobby Meyer '82, Michael Meyer '83, and David Thompson.
The Charlotte Latin School Distinguished Alumnus Award was established in 2008 by the Charlotte Latin School Alumni Association and Alumni Governing Board.
The annual Charlotte Latin School Distinguished Alumnus Award recognizes the Charlotte Latin Alumnus whose outstanding achievements and extraordinary service have distinguished himself or herself and have demonstrated extraordinary service to society. Such achievement may be made in various forms, which may include business, military service, philanthropy, public service, medicine, or entertainment. The recipient shall conduct himself or herself with strong character and high honor and shall be a role model for today's Charlotte Latin students.
The Distinguished Alumnus Award shall be open to any alumnus who graduated not less than ten years prior to that nomination year. Nominations will be accepted from all alumni and current faculty members.
Each year the Alumni Governing Board appoints a Distinguished Alumnus Award committee which includes the President of the Alumni Governing Board, two other members of the Alumni Governing Board, the Director of Alumni Affairs, the Headmaster, one upper school faculty member and one member of the senior class.
Jim Rash ’89 is an actor, director, and Academy Award-winning screenwriter who made his acting debut as the beloved Snoopy in Charlotte Latin’s production of Snoopy: The Musical. Since then, Rash has become known for his writing, improvisational comedy, and his role as Dean Pelton on Yahoo’s Community.
Rash’s journey from Charlotte Latin to Hollywood is one filled with hard work, creativity, and determination. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in radio, television and motion picture arts, Rash moved to Los Angeles and waited tables at a restaurant while seeking acting roles. He received his first television acting credit in a 1995 episode of Cybill and has played Community’s Dean Pelton for the past six seasons. His other television credits include Glee, The Naked Truth, CSI, NCIS, Friends, Will & Grace, That 70s Show, Help Me Help You, and Reno 911!
In 2012, Rash received an Academy Award for the screenplay adaptation of The Descendants, which he co-wrote with Alexander Payne and writing partner Nat Faxon. Rash and Faxon also co-wrote, co-directed, and appeared in the coming-of-age film The Way, Way Back. The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
A member of the Groundlings Theatre & School since 1999, Rash also hosts SundanceTV’s The Writers’ Room. He lives in Los Angeles, where he pursues his acting, writing, and directing career and makes people think, feel, and laugh.
Tom Beaty '86 is the founder and CEO of Insight Sourcing Group (ISG) and SpendHQ.
Beaty started ISG in 2002 in his basement with an initial $30,000 investment. He had previously worked for Deloitte Consulting and later was a Director for ICG Commerce (now called Procurion), a 500-person procurement services firm. He wanted, however, to return to running his own company, an experience he had early in his career when he founded and sold a business that resulted in the creation of one of the first Internet portals. This experience contributes heavily to his focus on delivering measurable results and high ROIs for clients such as Bain Capital and AFLAC. Since 2008, his company has been named by Inc.magazine to the “Inc. 500 | 5000 Fastest Growing Companies" in the U.S.
Beaty also founded and leads the non-profit Witness to War Foundation, which is dedicated to preserving the oral histories of combat veterans. In that role, he and his team have interviewed more than 1,400 combat veterans, primarily from WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. His efforts have been featured in Inc. magazine, on CNN Live, Fox News, CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, and in cover stories for the The Boston Globe and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
In 2012, Beaty received the Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Emory University, where he received his M.B.A. degree from the Goizueta Business School and was awarded the Woodruff Fellowship, the university's highest honor. He received his undergraduate degree in history with a concentration in military history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Beaty was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist in 2013 and a “Pro to Know" by Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine from 2008 through 2013.
Beaty lives in Atlanta with his wife and three children. He is featured in the Summer 2014 issue of Charlotte Latin magazine.
Since his graduation from Charlotte Latin, Dr. Rich Vinroot '88 has traveled the world to bring medical care and comfort to his patients, who are often struggling to maintain some semblance of human dignity in the most desperate conditions. He remained in New Orleans immediately following the destruction of Hurricane Katrina and for months afterward, treating patients in tent hospitals and temporary facilities such as the Superdome.
Vinroot has participated in medical mission trips to Nicaragua and Mexico, and for eight months he supervised a tuberculosis prevention program in the Mathare slums outside of Nairobi, Kenya. He also treated patients in Haiti following the horrific earthquake there in 2010.
Vinroot was accepted by Doctors Without Borders in 2008 after completing his residency in emergency medicine at Louisiana State University. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in history and Medical Doctorate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as a Master's in Public Health from UNC-Chapel Hill. In 2008, the Louisiana State University Health Science Center presented Vinroot with the Acadian Ambulance Senior Excellence in EMS Award for exemplifying the best in emergency medicine practice.
Vinroot is on the medical staff of the Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans. He is a Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps and served as a Trauma Team Leader in Kandahar Provence, Afghanistan, from April 2014-December 2014.
Dr. Vinroot is featured in the Winter 2010 issue of Charlotte Latin magazine.
David C. Keesler '80 is the first recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Keesler serves as a United States Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina. Previously a partner with the Charlotte law firm of Moore & Van Allen, Keesler won acclaim for his management of the infamous "Loomis Fargo Heist" case as an Assistant United States Attorney. His effective prosecution led to convictions of the perpetrators and earned him the Director's Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney in 1999. Keesler also was the recipient of two Department of Justice Special Achievement Awards in 1999.
Keesler earned his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar and Phi Beta Kappa, and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia Law School. A member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, Federal Magistrate Judges Association, and the Mecklenburg County Bar, Keesler is active in local and civic affairs. He also is a past president of the CLS Alumni Governing Board.
Latin alumni who have served in the Armed Forces:
(Academy Graduates/Students in Bold)
Harriet Barnhardt '07
Ben Brooks '00
Tom Cobb '77
Chris Cullipher '90
Tim Ducey '04
Mary Ford '04
Paige Ford '06
Jeremy Hamilton '97
Jonte Harrell '98
Geoff Hennig '83
Owen Koch '00
John McGinnis '14
Megan Noble Andros '02
Jamese Scales '06
Richard Vinroot '88
Joey Glaser-Reich '07
Theresa Campobosso '04
James Gallagher '05
Nat Hanley '03
Shane Hill '89
Kevin Jarzmik '04
Bradford Bersin '07
TC Byrne '06
Hayes Friddle '10
Hayes McCullagh '13
Compie Newman '78
Cynthia Nobers '87
Peter Penzell '98
Paul Rutter III '77
Pitt Rutter '77 *
Jeffrey Smith '97
Richard Stafford '91
Jordan Arim '07
Trip Ashe '82
Alex Beaussart '07
Ted Leber '02
Michael O'Connor '06
Alumni who have served in the Civilian Corps:
Dan Conway '94
Diana Dubick '05
Lauren Gardner '99
Fiona Mason '97
John Nichols '99
Abby Rivenbark Brown '97
Justine Treadwell '97
Sabina Klein '06
Teach for America
Louise Hindal '08
Rachel Kokenes '10
Lisa Leadbitter '93
Blair Williams '10
Global Health Corps
Maggie Savage '05