From the beginning, academics was the focus of Charlotte Latin, but an early goal was to also have a healthy, well-rounded student body.
As a cost-conscious school, our founders limited the initial athletics program to what they could afford: basketball, cross-country, swimming, tennis, golf, soccer, track, and cheerleading.
Without facilities when we started, Latin's track team practiced on Saturday mornings at East Mecklenburg High School, soccer and basketball games were all away games, and cross-country ran at the newly-constructed Raintree golf course.
Despite these challenges, the 1975 track team had many successes. One of Latin's early superstars, Jon Michael, ran a 4:11:7 mile – that still stands as our school record.
Through an unwavering commitment to our mission and the understanding of the important role athletics plays in teaching students, the current Latin Athletics program consists of 69 teams who train and compete in facilities that include gyms, tracks, stadiums, weight rooms, pools, and more. Our 128 acre campus includes such specialty areas as a wooded cross-country course, SwimMAC Carolina and a state-of-the-art conditioning facility.
Miss and Mr. Latin Hawk: Ruthie Jones and Rob Schleusner
Scholar Athlete: Myah Pease and Alexander Donald
Multi-Sport Performer of the Year: Cece Colombo and Walker Finke
Performer of the Year: Amy Dragelin and Kase Mermans
Quiet Leadership: Ella Lavelle and Kevens Grammont
Supporting Athlete: Grace Armstrong and Timothy Swimmer
Sportsmanship Award: Casey Thomsen and Smith O’Leary
Miss and Mr. Latin Hawk: Claudia Dickey and DeMarkes Stradford
Scholar Athlete: Cecelia Monnin and David Cowan
Multi-Sport Performer of the Year: Sydney Scott and Charlie Orndorff
Performer of the Year: Mary Elliott McCabe and Sam Mahoney
Quiet Leadership: Annabelle Oakes, Ben Okel and Brendan Reilly
Supporting Athlete: Julia Gass and Sam Turner
Sportsmanship Award: Ellie Perrigo and Rich Pope
Varsity Coach of the Year: Mike Weiss
Newcomer Coach of the Year: Kyle Searles
Assistant Coach of the Year: Mitch Sanford
JV/Middle School Coach of the Year: Beth Pence
Miss and Mr. Latin Hawk: Emma Mathews and Bates Jones
Scholar Athlete: Moon Cheong and Ikenna Eruchalu
Multi-Sport Performer of the Year: Ele McCarter and Melvin Rouse
Performer of the Year: Isabelle Sumichrast and Adam Bear
Quiet Leadership: Tory Wilkison and Michael McClelland
Supporting Athlete: Hannah Burlingame and David Baynard
Sportsmanship Athlete: Olivia Fox and Will Gardner
Varsity Coach of the Year: Patty Waldron
Newcomer Coach of the Year: David Paige
Assistant Coach of the Year: Justin Hardin
JV/Middle School Coach of the Year: Laura Thomsen
Miss and Mr. Latin Hawk: Kiera Dowell; Tyler Henry & Hunter Sheridan (tie)
Scholar Athlete: Kendall Phillips; Jack Ratterree
Multi-Sport Performer of the Year: Christina Glaser; Ben Scott
Performer of the Year: Rachel Mackey; Caleb Jordan
Quiet Leadership: Kassie Nielsen; Sean Bonner
Supporting Athlete: Harper McCabe; Noah Berens
Sportsmanship Athlete: Claire Kelly; Nick Bolger
Varsity Coach of the Year: Deb Savino
Assistant Coach of the Year: Pat Duffy
JV/Middle School Coach of the Year: Jeff Wolfe
Newcomer Coach of the Year: Sterling Thomas
Miss and Mr. Latin Hawk: Leila Evans; Toby Okwara
Scholar Athlete: Caroline Peters; Carson Song
Multi-Sport Performer of the Year: Carrie Mittl; Daniel Jones
Performer of the Year: Cydne Pennington; Kanyon Tuttle
Quiet Leadership: Kelly Thomsen; Jay Kane
Supporting Athlete: Catherine Gill; Jackson Monnin, John Oates
Sportsmanship Athlete: Lily Beck and Emily Herron; Sebastian Nabatoff
Varsity Coach of the Year: Dick Sipperly
JV/Middle School Coach of the Year: Donay Fullwood
Newcomer Coach of the Year: Melvin Leak
CLS Athletic Hall of Fame
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.
2018 Hall of Fame Inductees
Rachael Lewis Anna was a four-year varsity starter in both soccer and basketball at Latin. Rachael was coached by Eric Smith in basketball and was a four-time All-Conference, four-time All-Observer, and two-time All-State with two state championship titles. Lee Horton coached Rachael on the soccer field, where she was four-time All-Conference, four-time All-Observer, and four-time All-State with 60 career goals, 30 career assists, and three-time state runner-up. Rachael was named the Charlotte Observer Female Athlete of the Year in 1997.
Rachael was a scholarship soccer player at Wake Forest University, where she was a four-year starter. She made the Southeast Region all-freshman team and was named part of the ACC All-Tournament team in 1999. Rachael played professionally for Santos FC (Brazil) and the Charlotte Eagles.
Rachael and her husband, David, live in Greenville, SC, with their daughter, Kyla, and son, Caden. Rachael earned her J.D. from Wake Forest School of Law and is a partner at Nexsen Pruet.
As a member of Latin’s varsity wrestling team, Cameron won more than 20 wrestling tournaments in his career and was voted most outstanding wrestler in eight of those. Cameron was a four-time NCISAA state champion and placed second as an eighth grader. Cameron was the first 2-time All-American wrestler at Charlotte Latin, placing third and fifth at the National Prep Wrestling Tournament in 1987 and 1988, respectively. Captain of the Mat Hawks his sophomore, junior, and senior years, Cameron had an undefeated record for three years in North Carolina competitions, with his only losses coming in nationally-ranked tournaments. His 1987 state championship team placed 11th in the National Championship, held in Lehigh, PA. This same team was ranked #2 (AA class) in the state – the first independent school to rank in the top 10. Cameron’s 1988 state championship team placed 10th in the National Championship. Cameron was also the first independent school wrestler in history to be named part of the all-state team his senior year by Mat News Magazine. He is the only Latin wrestler to win the prestigious St. Albans tournament in Washington, D.C., where he was also voted the Most Valuable Wrestler. Cameron finished his wrestling career with an overall record of 122-6.
Cameron was also a captain and starting halfback for the undefeated 1987 State Champion Varsity Football team. He was an All-Conference running back during his junior and senior years and a two-time All-State running back for independent schools. Coach McNulty describes him as one of the toughest, hard-nosed athletes, while also being a gentleman on and off the field.
Cameron received wrestling scholarship offers from UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Clarion State. He accepted the scholarship at UNC (ranked in the top 20 in NCAA) and wrestled from 1988 to 1992.
Cameron and his wife, Latin alumna Joy O’Keefe Dickerson ’88, live in Greenville, SC, with their four children, Graham, Emmy, Davis, and Brady.
Kathy was the lone female on an all-male Varsity Golf team at Charlotte Latin, because the NCISAA did not have a Women’s Division until 2008. She overcame an 8-over-par 80 during the final round of play to capture the 1978 PGA Junior Championship, and in the spring of 1979 was named the Outstanding Woman Golfer of North Carolina.
After her Latin career, Kathy attended the University of Tulsa where she became a two-time NCAA All-American. In 1982, she won the NCAA Championship and competed on the US Curtis Cup and World Cup teams.
Kathy joined the LPGA Tour in 1983 and recorded her first victory in 1985 at the US Women’s Open, followed three years later with a victory at the Konica San Jose Golf Classic. Other career highlights include tying for 8th at the 1993 du Maurier Ltd. Classic — one of the LPGA Tour’s four major championships — posting a career-low score of 66 during the first round of the McCall’s LPGA Classic in 1994 and tying for 8th at the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic in 1997. The first athlete from Charlotte Latin to be internationally recognized, Kathy played on the LPGA Tour for 17 years until 2000, and was inducted into the South Carolina Golf Hall of Fame in 2002. Her most recent coaching role was at Florida Atlantic University, where she served as the Head Coach of the Women’s golf team from 2014 to 2018.
Kathy graduated from South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biblical Studies. She and her husband, Joe, have three children and live in Boca Raton, Florida, where they founded the Solid Rock Christian Church.
Once deemed the fastest woman to attend Charlotte Latin, Malai Walker held the all-time record for the 100-meter and 200-meter dash for 10 years, before “passing the baton” to standout sprinter Sydney Scott ’18 during the 2018 track season. Malai still holds school records in the 4x100 and 4x200 meter relays.
A three-sport varsity athlete, Malai accumulated an unprecedented 22 State Championship titles as follows:
- 2005 – 100m, 4x100, and 4x200
- 2006 – 100m, 200m, 4x100, and 4x400
- 2007 – 100m, 200m, 4x100, and 4x200
- 2008 – 100m, 200m, 4x100, and 4x200
- Three Track & Field team titles (2006-2008)
- Four volleyball team titles (2005-2008)
In Track & Field, Malai was named All-State, All-Conference, and MVP all four years. During her senior year, she was named All-American in the indoor 200m, running the sixth fastest time in the nation.
During her junior and senior years, Malai led the Hawks in blocks in volleyball and was named All-Conference and MVP in basketball. In 2008, the Charlotte Observer named her High School Female Athlete of the Year. She also received the Multi-Sport Female Performer of the Year Hawkspys award and was bestowed with Latin’s Pat Calhoun award.
Malai attended UNC-Chapel Hill on a track scholarship. While at UNC, she earned All-ACC and All-East Regional honors, was a Division 1 NCAA Championship qualifier, and placed third at the prestigious 2009 Penn Relays Competition in the 4x100m relay. Ever the student-athlete, Malai was named part of the All-ACC and All-American Academic Teams.
After graduating, Malai came back to Latin as an assistant Track & Field coach, specializing in sprints and relays. After five years of coaching, her athletes have amassed 31 All-Conference titles, 38 All-State titles, and have set six new school records.
2016 Hall of Fame Inductees
- Elizabeth Barnhardt ’91
- Jimmy Broadway, former CLS Athletic Director
- Steve Howard, former Coach and Teacher
- John Michael ’75
- Scot Robison ’07
- Jenny Edwards Wood ’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.
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 granddaughters.
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.
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, Virginia, and Helen. 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 Hall of Fame Inductees – Inaugural Class
- Bev Earle, former Coach
- Jerry Faulkner, former Athletic Director
- Anthony Morrow ’04
- Pender Murphy ’77
- Bob Patten, former Coach
- William Howard Pitt, Jr., founding Board of Trustees
- Dave Thompson, former Athletic Director
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.
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.
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.
Latin's exceptional athletes are recognized and recruited by regional and national college and universities. The College Counseling Office works cooperatively with the Athletic Director and the coaches throughout the academic year coordinating athletes' academic testing and educating them about recruiting and scholarship opportunities. A College Counselor works individually with students who sign to participate in NCAA Division I and NCAA Division III athletics.
Charlotte Latin students graduates from the last five years have participated or are currently participating in athletics at the following universities:
Amherst College, Auburn University, Baylor University, Berry College, Belmont University, Birmingham-Southern College, Boston College, Brown University, Carleton College, Clemson University, College of the Holy Cross, Colorado College, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Davidson College, Denison University, University of Denver, Duke University, Elon University, Emory University, Franklin and Marshall College, Furman University, Georgetown College, Gettysburg College, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of Missouri, Morehouse College, Mount St. Mary's University, North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University of Pennsylvania, Northeastern University, Oglethorpe University, Princeton University, Roanoke College, Rhodes College, Sewanee: The University of the South, Siena College, South Carolina State University, Stanford University, Syracuse University, Tennessee Technological University, Texas Christian University, the U.S. Military Academy West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, University of Virginia, Wake Forest University, Washington and Lee University, Wesleyan University, Yale University.
Alumni in Action
Charlotte Latin graduates playing professional sports:
|Brenton Bersin '08||(Wofford) NFL, Carolina Panthers (2013 - 2017)
|Chris Canty '00
||(Univ. of Virginia) NFL, Baltimore Ravens (2013-2015)
Member of the NY Giants team that won the 2012-13 Super Bowl Championship
2010 Walter Payton Man of the Year winner (NY Giants)
Drafted in 4th round of 2005 draft to the Dallas Cowboys
|Ross Cockrell '09||(Duke) NFL, signed by Carolina Panthers March 2018; previously with NY Giants (2017), Pittsburgh Steelers (2015-2016); drafted #109 by the Buffalo Bills in the 2014 NFL Draft|
|Juan Guzman '06||(Liberty) USLPRO, currently with Oklahoma City Energy FC; previously with Charlotte Eagles Mens' Soccer Team
|Anthony Morrow '04||(Georgia Tech) NBA, currently with Portland Trailblazers; previously with Chicago Bulls (2017) and Oklahoma City (2014-2017); started NBA career with Golden State in 2008|
Andrew Tannenberger '08
(Univ. of Delaware) Charlotte Hounds Lacrosse Team (2016)