The Raleigh Sports Club

Raleigh Sports Club leadership team for 2022-23.

Robert Hinson, President

Robert HinsonThis twelve year member has been our President for the past two years; retired Landscape Architect with over 40 years' experience in park planning, design and construction management; with his wife, Jan, he has a son and daughter; son was recognized as a RSC student athlete in 2003 and daughter was a varsity cheerleader at NCSU; now enjoying five grandchildren.

Ken Updegrave, First Vice President

Ken UpdegraveKen has been a member of the Raleigh Sports Club for 14 years and  previously served as Vice President during  2014-15.  Ken and his wife, Ginger, live in Wilson and he works professionally for Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp as a Retirement Mortgage Specialist.  They have two adult sons in the Raleigh area.  They closely follow college sports including baseball, football, men's and women's basketball, and wrestling and can often be found tailgating at events during the spring and fall.

Nicholas Hulsey, Second Vice President

Nicholas HulseyThis four year member planned our speaker program as Vice President for the 2019-22 seasons and will continue helping in this role again this year; graduate of NCSU in 2006; works as a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones in Raleigh; he and his wife Brittney have 2 children; Eliza Katherine (4) and James (2); a loyal supporter of Wolfpack athletics.

John Gladwin, Secretary

John GladwinMember of the RSC for eleven years, served as Assistant Secretary for the two years before becoming our secretary in 2020; worked in the HVAC industry for forty-three years prior to retirement; with wife Kendra has two daughters along with a son-in-law and one grandson; enjoys following his Virginia Tech Hokies.

Sally Greaser, Assistant Secretary

Sally GreaserSally Greaser is a native of Raleigh and attended Broughton High School . She graduated from NC State in 1978 with a degree in Business Management. Sally is married to Jeff who is a Penn State graduate and also a Raleigh Sports Club member. Sally has been a member of the Raleigh Sports Club ever since she retired from her nearly three-decade career with the NC Department of Revenue. Sally was fortunate enough to be in Albuquerque in 1983 when the men’s Wolfpack basketball team won the National Championship. Sally has been a big help to the club for several years with our annual banquet and will now bring her talents to the club’s Board of Directors.

Vince Matal, Treasurer

Vince MatalMember of the club for just over 6 years and Treasurer for the past two years; raised in NYC but has lived in NC much of his adult life (where he learned to love college basketball); career with the Marines, then IBM, then 2 smaller IT companies, and finally as President of Talis Management, a company that managed HOAs; has followed Wake Forest and is now an avid Duke fan ¦to the dismay of my UNC-loving sons.

Jerry Smith, Sergeant-at-Arms

Jerry SmithJerry is a newly elected RSC Board member in just his second year with the club. He was born and raised outside of Pikeville, NC and was greatly influenced by his parents to become an avid sportsman and sports fan. Jerry remembers going to high school basketball games when he was three years of age. He graduated from NCSU and became a CPA working several years in public practice with a large firm. Jerry switched to private industry in1979 settling in Winston-Salem and working for Hanes, Leonard Buildings and Truck Covers, Waste Management and had a "hot time" at Texas Pete. Jerry and his wife Dian of 49 years moved to Raleigh in 2020 to be near family. Dian is also deeply connected to local sports. Her grandfather, was a major supporter of State College back in the early days and her dad, played basketball for Everett Case.

Carol Pope, Board of Directors, Ex Officio

Carol PopeCarol served as RSC president for two years following a year as VP and program chair; retired as Professor Emerita from NCSU after a long and distinguished career in education; married to Andy with two sons and four grandchildren; a lifetime sports fan who enjoys attending NCSU basketball on a regular basis.

Robert Birch, Board of Directors

Robert BirchNative of Raleigh; member of RSC for more than 30 years and president in 1995; ECU '74 grad; Real Estate Appraiser since 1979; now famous as a Bernie Sanders impersonator; married with two kids and four grands.

Bob Kennel, Board of Directors

Bob KennelTwelve year member with former service on the board; retired Utility Exec with multiple careers in defense, law enforcement, and alternate energy; also a Christian Minister; 4 children, 6 grandkids (3 granddaughters currently at State); played 3 sports at NCSU under 3 HOF coaches; loves writing and sports.

Don Ledford II, Board of Directors

Don LedfordClub member for 20 years and former board member; has run basketball camps in the Raleigh area since 1995 and directed camps in Moldova, Israel, Egypt, Lithuania, China, and Czech Republic; BS in Physical education from ASU and Master's in Education from UNC-Pembroke; has taught PE for 22 years in North and South Carolina; married to Elizabeth for 19 years with two children Grace (18) and Luke (16), both student athletes at Broughton High School; daughter Grace was recognized as Raleigh Sports Club Student Athlete of the month in May, 2021.

Ed Moore, Board of Directors

Ed MooreThis 45 year member has served on the Board for 9 years and was Assistant Secretary (2005-06); retired as a Senior Engineer with CP&L and then a Consultant with ELB & Associates; has lived in Cary for 46 years; played organized basketball for 46 years; an engineering graduate of Virginia Tech; a lifelong fan and longtime Hokie football and basketball season ticket holder.

Rick Ulasewich, Board of Directors

Rick UlasewichThis twenty year member with four terms on the board; takes responsibility for hosting our weekly student-athlete; retired from an engineering career at Bristol-Meyers; with wife Jeri he raised two children and now has 4 grandchildren; played baseball and now attends NCSU football as a 35 year season ticket holder.

John Watkins, Board — Director of High School Relations

John WatkinsA still relatively new member who enjoys our club and is interested in helping grow its future; now semi- retired (working one day a week) from Crossroads Infiniti; originally from Hampton, VA; married to Kristin for 15 years and proud grandfather of twin six year old girls; a self-avowed sports junkie who readily admits that his alma mater, Virginia Tech, remains his favorite in all sports.

John Robinson, Chaplain

John RobinsonA more than ten year Club member who has served as our chaplain for the past seven years; longtime member of Highland Methodist Church; originally from St. Louis; his career as a power equipment specialist took John to many foreign countries; married to Martha with three daughters and five grandchildren; fan of the Steelers and Pirates since living in Pittsburgh and now enjoying college sports of many local teams.

Pat Holcomb, Bookkeeper

Pat HolcombSeventh year working as bookkeeper for RSC; lifetime resident of Wake Forest; retired from the State of North Carolina as a 34 year IT specialist; has loved sports since childhood watching football and basketball games with her father; a lifelong NCSU fan who loves to travel both in and outside of the US; married to Ken, also a club member, for 39 years with a daughter, Morgan.

Tom Lamb, Liaison with Highland Methodist Church

Tom Lamb

David Greenwell, Caterer and Owner of the Forks Cafeteria

David Greenwell

Other Members of Note

Bob Poole, died at age 90 on Jan 18, 2022

Bob PooleBob was a long time member of the Raleigh Sports Club and he served for several years as our chaplain. What most of us never knew about Bob was that he set a HS basketball record for the state of NC in 1950 which still stands today. Read more!

Gary O'Neill, 2019

Gary O'NeillWe've all gotten to enjoy the friendly smile and warm greeting we receive each week from our Treasurer, Gary O'Neill, as he hands us our plate and pick sheet. I'll bet you may have already figured out that our most international board member was born in Canada, eh? Read more!

Pete and Judy Benda, 2018

Pete and Judy BendaIt is my pleasure to introduce the "Featured Couple" of the week - Pete and Judy Benda. They have been happily married for 54 years, and they are a fascinating couple! Pete currently serves on our Board of Directors and is a long-time member, since 1992. Judy, has attended frequently with Pete over the years, and she has been a member herself for the past five years. Read more!

The Brannock Family: Ed, Cyndi, Bud, Mike, 2018

Greg PierceIt has been a part of our weekly programs to often feature a Raleigh Sports Club member of the week, but I don't think we've ever before done a Featured Family of the week. Well, today we are recognizing the Brannock family, who regularly attend and sit together at a rear table near the buffet line. Pictured from left to right are Mike, Ed and Cyndi. Bud was not available for the photo. Read more!

Bob Jones, 2018, deceased 2021

Greg PierceMost of us have known Bob Jones by the eloquent and oft times witty introductions he has provided for our weekly speakers. Bob was our Vice President and Program Chairman for three years and has continued setting up our weekly programs this year from his new home in Charlotte. That means that he has does much more than provide introductions for our speakers – he also identifies candidates, contacts, invites and schedules them, and would then hosts them at our luncheons until turning that responsibility over to Carol Pope this season. Bob has done a magnificent job of keeping the quality, diversity and entertainment of our meetings at a high level. His position has allowed him to know personally many of the outstanding sports figures from our area. Now, it's time for us to know a bit more about Bob, our Featured Member for this week. Read more!

Carol Pope, 2018

Carol PopeCarol Pope has been a sports fan as long as she can remember. Growing up in High Point she played basketball, baseball and touch football with the neighborhood boys. She turned her energies to cheering for them when she got to high school. Cheerleading was the perfect activity for an encourager like Carol who "strives to always help others make their dreams come true." Read more!

Greg Pierce, 2017

Greg Pierce Greg Pierce is a lifelong sports fan who has been an active leader of the Raleigh Sports Club since 1999. He has served as club president and treasurer for the past four years after previously gaining experience on the Board of Directors where he significantly upgraded our website, produced an introductory video, and helped improve the administration of our club records. Read more!

John Robinson, 2017

John Robinson We all know John Robinson as the Raleigh Sports Club Chaplain who leads us each week in the pledge of allegiance to our flag and then blesses our meal and our time together. John has been serving us all in this capacity for the past six years. He earned the position because he once filled in so admirably for the pastor of this church. John has been a long time member of Highland United Methodist church and has been a regular Sports Club attendee for more than 10 years. When I asked what John's qualifications were for serving as our chaplain, he answered simply, "I know how to pray." Read more!

Rick Ulasewich, 2017

Rick Ulasewich We've all gotten to know Rick Ulasewich from the terrific job he does hosting and introducing our student-athletes each week at Sports Club. Rick loves our club and his board assignment. He has been a regular attendee at our meetings for 16 seasons and has been the host of our student-athletes now for more than five years. It permits him to personally get to know so many fine young people from our community and he loves helping with the recognition of their achievements. Now it's time for us to know a bit more about Rick. Read more!

John Reid, 2013

John ReidOur Featured Member this week is a fan of Western Carolina and UNC Chapel Hill. John grew up in the small community of Pilot Mountain, North Carolina. He tells his grandchildren that he is so old that the Mountain was a lot smaller when he was growing up. Read more!

A. J. Carr, 2012

A.J. CarrAJ Carr was raised in Wallace, NC, and played football, basketball and baseball in high school. He was a P.E. major at Guilford College but did not play varsity sports. While in school he got a start in his sports writing career by helping the Athletic Department in their sports information division and also working part time at the Greensboro Daily Record. Read more!

Bill Clarke, 2012

Bill ClarkeOur Featured Member this week is a Wake Forest fan. He enrolled there at age 17, and upon graduation began his career in the Air Force. Bill became a fighter pilot, flying F-86 Sabrejets in places like Michigan, England, Germany, Denmark and Italy. Read more!

Darrell Dennis, 2012

Darrell DennisDarrell Dennis was reared in and around Asheville, NC, and loves to tell stories about his grandfather – a moonshiner, a Baptist Preacher, a railroader, and evidently a darn good carpenter. When a new highway came through Asheville, grandpa's house was in the right of way. He made a deal with the city, took the house apart one piece at a time, and then reassembled it a few miles away! Read more!

Larry Smith, 2011

Larry SmithOur Featured Member of the week grew up an avid NC State fan, following in the footsteps of his father and uncle. Raised in Currituck County, Larry came by his "high tider" accent naturally. He was active in all types of sports, playing basketball and football along with all the usual water sport activities that Currituck Sound had to offer. Read more!