The Raleigh Sports Club


At the Raleigh Sports Club, we bring our members a wide and very impressive variety of speakers to our weekly meetings.  On any given week, you could hear from the head coach of a NCAA champion basketball team, a member of baseball’s Hall of Fame, or the receiver who made the winning catch in last week’s game.

Here’s just a small sampling of some of the great sports figures that have spoken at the Raleigh Sports Club:

  • Chuck Amato – Head Football Coach at NC State
  • Elliott Avent – Head Baseball Coach at NC State
  • Dick Baddour –Director of Athletics – UNC Chapel Hill
  • Rusty Bergman – Multi-level Basketball Coach & LSU Teammate of Pistol Pete Maravich
  • Eddie Biedenbach – Head Men's Basketball Coach, UNC -Asheville
  • Pete Brennan – UNC Chapel Hill 1957 Championship Basketball, 2010 RSC Banquet Speaker
  • Olin Broadway – Wake Forest Basketball Star; Pete Maravich High School Coach
  • Mack Brown – Head Football Coach at UNC Chapel Hill
  • Vic Bubas – Former Duke University Men's Basketball Coach
  • John Bunting – Head Football Coach at UNC Chapel Hill
  • Jeff Bzdelik – Head Men's Basketball Coach – Wake Forest University
  • Jeff Capel – Duke Associate Head Men's Basketball Coach
  • Ezzard Charles – former heavyweight boxing champion
  • Dick Christy – UNC-Pembroke Athletic Director
  • John Clougherty – ACC Coordinator of Men's Basketball Officials
  • Jeff Compler – East Carolina University Athletic Director
  • Bill Cowher – Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach; former NC State football standout
  • Bobby Cremmins – Georgia Tech.; Appalachian St basketball coach. 2014 RSC Banquet Speaker
  • David Cutcliffe – Head Football Coach, Duke University
  • Hubert Davis – Men's Basketball Assistant Coach – UNC Chapel Hill
  • Scott Dawson – Umpire for NFL
  • Randy Denton – Former Duke & Professional Basketball Player, NC Sports Hall of Fame
  • Dave Doeren – NC State Head Football Coach
  • Bill Dooley – Director, NC Sports Development Office
  • Charles "Lefty" Driesell – Head Men's Basketball Coach at Georgia State, formerly at Maryland and Davidson
  • Hugh Durham – Former Head Basketball Coach, Georgia and Florida State
  • Wes Durham – 2015 RSC Banquet Keynote Speaker - Play-by-Play Announcer Fox Sports South and Raycom Sports.
  • Woody Durham – Radio Voice of UNC TarHeels
  • Larry Fedora – Head Football Coach at UNC Chapel Hill
  • Phil Ford – Asst. Basketball Coach at UNC Chapel Hill
  • Mike Fox – Head Baseball Coach UNC Chapel Hill
  • Lee Fowler – Athletics Director at NC State
  • Carl Franks – Head Football Coach at Duke University
  • Roman Gabriel – Former NC State and NFL football great
  • Pete Gillen – University of Virginia Men's Head Basketball Coach
  • Dave Glenn – Editor of ACC Area Sports Journal
  • Mike Gminski – Duke Basketball & NBA Star, TV Analyst, 2016 RSC Banquet Speaker
  • Gail Goestenkors – Head Women's Basketball Coach at Duke University
  • Adam Gold – Sports talk show host, WRBZ 850 The Buzz
  • Fred Goldsmith – Head Football Coach at Duke University
  • Mark Gottfried – Head Men's Basketball Coach NC State
  • Otto Graham – Former NFL all time great of the Washington Redskins
  • Harold "Red" Grange - "The Galloping Ghost"; college & professional football halfback.
  • Jim Grobe – Head Football Coach at Wake Forest University
  • Kellie Harper – Head Women's Basketball Coach at NC State
  • Jim Harrick – Former UCLA Men's Basketball Coach – 1995 NCAA Champions
  • Bob Harris - "Voice of the Blue Devils" Football and Basketball. 2012 RSC Banquet Speaker
  • Sylvia Hatchell – Head Women's Basketball Coach at UNC
  • Bill Hensley – Member NC Sports Hall of Fame
  • Dennis Hennigan – Coordinator of ACC Football Officiating
  • Terry Holland – Athletic Director, Virginia
  • Lou Holtz – Head Football Coach at the University of South Carolina
  • Jim "Catfish" Hunter – North Carolina native and baseball Hall of Famer
  • Ned Jarrett – Retired race car driver and two-time NASCAR champion.
  • Charlie "Choo Choo" Justice – Former UNC and NFL football great
  • Chuck Kaiton – Voice of the Carolina Hurricanes
  • Marion Kirby – Lenoir Rhyne Football – NC Sports Hall of Fame 2013
  • Mike Krzyzewski – Head Men's Basketball Coach at Duke University
  • Bill Lam – President, "Wrestling With Life" & Former UNC Wrestling Coach
  • Keith LeClair – ECU baseball coach
  • Meadowlark Lemon – Former Harlem Globetrotter
  • Abe Lemons – Former Basketball Coach, Oklahoma City University and the University of Texas
  • Steve Logan – Head Football Coach at East Carolina University
  • Albert Long – UNC – Chapel Hill Athlete Lettered in 4 Sports. FCA
  • Joe Louis – Former world heavyweight boxing champion
  • Sidney Lowe – Head Men's Basketball Coach – NC State
  • Jerry Mack – NC Central Head Football Coach
  • Danny Manning – Head Men's Basketball Coach – Wake Forest University
  • Rollie Massimino – Former Men's Basketball Coach - Villanova, UNLV, and Cleveland State
  • Joanne P. McCallie – Head Women's Basketball Coach, Duke University
  • Jerry McGee – College Football Official & Wingate University Past President
  • Frank McGuire – Former Head Basketball Coach at USC and UNC
  • Jack McKeon – Former manager - Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres and Oakland Athletics
  • Bones McKinney – Former Head Basketball coach at Wake Forest
  • Mick Mixon – Play-by-play radio announcer Carolina Panthers NFL. 2013 RSC Banquet Speaker
  • Eric Montross – UNC Chapel Hill Basketball Radio Color Analyst & Tarheel Legend
  • Jerry Moore – Head Football Coach at Appalachian State
  • LeVelle Moton – Head Men's Basketball Coach NC Central University
  • Jeff Mullins – Duke & NBA Golden State Basketball Star
  • Jack Murdock – Former Wake Forest Basketball Player & Coach
  • Stan Musial – Three time NL MVP - St. Louis Cardinals and Hall of Famer
  • Byron Nelson – All–time golf great
  • Tom O'Brien – Head Football Coach at NC State University
  • Mike O'Cain – Head Football Coach at NC State University
  • Dave Odom – Head Basketball Coach at University of South Carolina, former Coach at Wake Forest University. 2011 RSC Banquet Keynote Speaker
  • Jesse Owens – US Olympic track and field hero
  • Billy Packer – CBS basketball analyst and former Wake Forest basketball great
  • Satchel Paige – Former Negro League great; member of baseball's Hall of Fame
  • Benny Parsons – NASCAR great
  • Bill Peters – Carolina Hurricanes Head Coach
  • Digger Phelps – Former basketball Coach at Notre Dame University
  • Skip Prosser – Head Men's Basketball coach at Wake Forest University
  • Lou Pucillo – NC State Basketball & NC Sports Hall of Fame
  • Bobby Richardson – former NY Yankee second baseman; World Series MVP
  • Brooks Robinson – Former Baltimore Oriole great and Hall of Famer
  • Lenny Rosenbluth –All-American UNC Basketball player, 1957 NCAA Championship Team
  • Bobby Ross – Former college and NFL head football coach
  • James "Twiggy" Saunders – former showman of the Globetrotters
  • Herb Sendek – Head Men's Basketball Coach at North Carolina State University
  • Paul Simson – Amateur Golfing great; NC Sports Hall of Fame
  • Enos Slaughter – Baseball Hall of Famer
  • Dean Smith – Former head men's basketball coach at UNC
  • James "Bonecrusher" Smith – Former world heavyweight boxing champion
  • George Steinbrenner – Owner of the New York Yankees
  • John Swofford – Commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference
  • Ray Tanner – NC State Baseball Coach
  • David Thompson – Former NC State and NBA basketball all star
  • Carlton Tudor – Asst. Sports Editor, The News & Observer
  • Bob Uecker – Milwaukee Brewer commentator and former major league player.
  • Jim Valvano – Former Head Men's Basketball Coach at NC State University
  • Dick Vitale – ESPN basketball analyst; former Head Coach of the Detroit Pistons
  • Dr. Leroy Walker – Former President of the US Olympic Committee
  • Tom Walter – Baseball Head Coach – Wake Forest University
  • Bucky Waters – Former ACC Basketball Player & Coach, TV Commentator
  • Earl Weaver – Former Baltimore Orioles manager
  • Ron Wellman – AD Wake Forest University
  • George Whitfield – 40 year Coaching Career – Baseball. Enshrined in 7 Hall of Fames
  • Roy Williams – Head Men's Basketball Coach – UNC Chapel Hill
  • Ted Williams – Former Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer
  • Debbie Yow – Director of Athletics, NC State University
  • Kay Yow – Women's Head Basketball Coach at NC State University

Sports Club Programs for 2017-2018

54th Anniversary Raleigh Sports Club Annual Banquet
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
North Ridge Country Club - 6612 Falls of Neuse Rd. Raleigh, NC
Social - 6:00 - 7:00p with Cash Bar and Complimentary Ice Tea
Dinner & Program - 7:00 - 9:30pm
Sit Down Dinner Price: $40

Scholarship & Distinguished Service Award:
Award of four (4) Scholarships ($2,000 each) to Wake County High School Scholar Athletes and recognition of a local Wake County High School coach for his/her distinguished service. $1,000 will be awarded to the coach for his/her service.
Scholarship & Distinguished Service Award applications have been sent to all Wake County Athletic Directors. Recipients are expected to attend to be recognized and receive their award!

Keynote Speaker:
The 2018 banquet will be even bigger and better than before. The Board has selected NFL Official, Brad Allen as the keynote speaker. He called the 2007 Motor City Bowl, the 2009 International Bowl, the 2012 Rose Bowl and the 2014 Sugar Bowl. Outside of officiating NFL games, Allen is a non-profit CEO, executive director of the N.C. Senior Games. He also serves as clinic leader and booking supervisor for the Southern Officials Association.

Allen has promised to give attendees a very entertaining evening. The RSC will give updates periodically. Registration is now open!

Special entertainment will be provided by national recording artist and Johnston County native, Abby Stephens. Abby has performed with famous country and pop music artists. She has participated in many national singing competitions.

Advanced Registration is required! Registration is now open! Questions? Contact for details!

Checks for the non-refundable $40 fee per attendee can be US mailed to: Raleigh Sports Club Att: 2018 Annual Banquet PO Box 10275 Raleigh NC 27605

Please include name(s), address, phone number, email address with check when registering.

Attendees can also pay in person at any RSC regularly scheduled Wednesday meeting.

Check the RSC website periodically for updates:

February 21, 2018
Dave Clawson,
Head Football Coach, Wake Forest University

February 28, 2018
Que Tucker,
Commissioner of N.C. High School Athletic Association

March 7, 2018
Kevin M. Guskiewicz,
Department of Exercise and Sport Science UNC-Chapel Hill

March 14, 2018
Scottie Montgomery,
Head Football Coach, East Carolina University

March 21, 2018
Dave Doeren,
Head Football Coach, N.C. State University

March 28, 2018
Annual Banquet,
North Ridge Country Club