Asheboro Hall of Fame grows with Allgood, Moore, two wrestlers, basketball team

ASHEBORO – Dr. Tim Allgood spent 34 years working in various roles for Asheboro City Schools.

Now he’s entrenched even more in the district’s history.

Allgood, three others and the 1961-62 boys’ basketball team were inducted into the Asheboro Sports Hall of Fame on Friday night.

“I think we all enjoy recognition,” Allgood said.

Former tennis player and longtime coach Jay Moore and former wrestling standouts Sawyer Davidson and Dalton Cook were also inducted. The school has an induction class every-other year.

Allgood capped his time with Asheboro schools by holding the title of athletics director from 1992-97.

“Asheboro City Schools, it’s still deep in my heart and it is who I am,” Allgood said. “I loved Asheboro, just the people of the community. It has been terrific.”

Allgood graduated from what was then High Point College and spent a few years at Trinity before the switch to Asheboro.

“My dad told me that if I want to Asheboro that ‘you’ll never want to leave,’ ” Allgood said. “I found a home.”

He was an assistant football coach, an assistant basketball coach and spent two years as head coach of the boys’ basketball team. By 1992, he began shifting into administration.

He had a couple of stints as athletics director at the high school. He spent time as South Asheboro Middle School principal and in the central office.

Allgood lives about a half-dozen blocks away from the high school and enjoys attending events when he can. He said he has encountered Leukemia and Parkinson’s disease so he has “been focusing on my health.”

Allgood, 66, said he was proud of the range of sports that students could choose from. He said he was glad to help add swimming and diving along with junior varsity programs for volleyball and soccer.

“One of your driving tenants was to add more opportunities for students.”

Allgood has stayed involved with the school’s Hall of Fame committee. He has enjoyed that “because the stories are so great,” he said. “To hear their stories and their laughter.”

So since his 2012 retirement, he has devoted countless hours in volunteer roles involving the school and the athletics department.

Moore had moments as player, coach

Moore, 75, credits much of his professional career at the school to Allgood, who hired him as a teacher. Moore taught mostly business courses in career and technical education.

“We’ve been well-acquainted for quite a while,” Moore said.

While Moore, 75, retired from a teaching position about five years ago, he continued as tennis coach. He has logged 20 years as coach of the girls’ and boys’ teams, except for taking one girls’ season off as required after his retirement.

“I was surprised and humbled that somebody thought so much of me,” he said.

Before he became coach, he was a volunteer assistant for Tom Lewis for about a decade.

Under Moore, the Blue Comets went three consecutive boys’ seasons without a dual-team loss. He guided Austin Allen to two berths in the Class 3-A state semifinals and another in the quarterfinals.

Moore’s coaching might not overshadow his abilities as an Asheboro tennis player. He didn’t make the American Legion baseball team prior to his sophomore season and took up tennis that summer.

“I did not have something to do one summer,” he said. “I picked it up and never left it.”

He was a doubles state champion as a junior with teammate George Johnston. The next year, the Asheboro team was a state runner-up in 1966 under coach Morris Whitson.

Moore, who also lettered in football and basketball, played four seasons of college tennis for Appalachian State.

Wrestlers receive accolades

Davidson, 25, is the youngest member of the Asheboro Hall of Fame, graduating in 2016. He was a two-time state champion before competing for the University of North Carolina.

“I came in with a big goal and wanted to be a four-time state champ,” Davidson said. “I didn’t win it the first year, but it drove me that next year. It still gives me chills.”

His final two seasons came under then-coach Wes Berrier, the school’s current athletics director.

Davidson reached the state tournament in all four high school seasons.

Davidson, who gave up baseball after his freshman year, also has a connection to Allgood. The former administrator’s daughter, Bailey Allgood, was in his class and also attended UNC.

Cook, a 2001 graduate, was a three-time state qualifier. Twice, he received all-state recognition. He was a Class 3-A runner-up in 2000 and 2001.

Cook is a North Carolina State graduate who lives in Raleigh.

What a team

The 1961-62 boys’ basketball team was coached by Don Thomas, who already had been inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame. Members of the team were Kritz Cox, Phil Freeman, Jimmy Grimsley, Ronnie Johnson, Bill Joyner, C.L. King, Dave McFadden, Tom Robbins, Houston Roberts, William Rush, Mike Stroud, Robert West and Mike Williams.

The Blue Comets posted a 19-5 record that season, finishing the title run by defeating Statesville and Belmont

By Bob Sutton