Athletic Hall of Fame

The Durham Academy Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 2013 with the induction of an inaugural class of eight alumni athletes and adults who advanced athletics at DA in a range of capacities — headmaster, athletic director and coach. The Hall of Fame grew in 2015 with the induction of eight more legends of DA athletics, with plans to induct a new class every other year.

2018 Hall of Fame Induction

Join us as we celebrate the 2018 Durham Academy Athletic Hall of Fame class!

Ceremony: Friday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m., Kirby Gym

2018 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Phil Pearce '77 - basketball, soccer, track
  • Sherry Bartholomew Holtzclaw '78 - volleyball, track
  • Conrad Hall '89 - track, cross country
  • Marshall Moore '92 - track, cross country
  • Hunter Henry '97 - lacrosse, soccer, basketball
  • Christine Suggs '05 - field hockey, soccer, track
  • Kelsey Kearney '08 - soccer, basketball
  • Greg Murray, Coach - girls basketball, boys golf, girls golf
For more information, contact Tim McKenna at


Millie Long BarrittMillie Long Barritt '94
A multi-sport athlete, Barritt excelled in cross country, swimming and softball. She was cross country NCISAA individual state champion in 1993. A swimming high school All-American, she was an eight-time NCISAA individual state champion in the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke, and led DA to the 1994 NCISAA state swim team title. Barritt had an accomplished swimming career at UNC, where she was team captain.
2015 Hall of Fame Class  

Judy ChandlerJudy Chandler
Chandler has been DA’s varsity field hockey coach since 1992. In that time, she has won 22 conference championships and 10 NCISAA state championships and coached multiple athletes who went on to play in college. Chandler coached varsity softball from 2007 to 2012, winning one conference championship. 
2015 Hall of Fame Class  

Matt Crawford '99
Crawford was an all-state soccer player at DA and NCAA champion as a player at UNC. He played several years in Major League Soccer after college. 
2013 Hall of Fame Class  


Dennis Cullen
Cullen, DA's track and cross country coach from 1976 to 2015, is one of the most respected and successful high school track and cross country coaches in North Carolina history. He won 39 state championships in boys and girls track and cross country. 
2013 Hall of Fame Class  

Rick Dike
Dike, DA's athletic director from 1981 to 1991, was responsible for growing the number of teams offered and leading the program in its early years in the NCISAA. He worked as a successful track coach until 2013, years after his retirement.
2013 Hall of Fame Class  

Steve Edwards '98
An outstanding track athlete, Edwards won multiple state championships. His times in the 400m and 800m are still DA records and are among the best in high schools in North Carolina. 
2013 Hall of Fame Class  


Steve EngebretsenSteve Engebretsen
Engebretsen began teaching and coaching at DA in 1981. As varsity boys basketball coach in the ’80s, ’90s and ’00s, he won 200 games and took DA to four NCISAA final-fours. In 10 seasons as varsity softball coach, his teams won 131 games and four conference titles. Since becoming DA’s athletic director in 1991, Engebretsen has served administratively at the state and conference level, has grown DA’s athletic program to 47 teams and has won 41 state championships.
2015 Hall of Fame Class  

Rob Hershey
Durham Academy's headmaster from 1978-1988, Hershey was responsible for leading the growth of the athletic program through some of its beginning years in hiring, funding and work within the newly formed state athletic association, the NCISAA. 
2013 Hall of Fame Class  

Brock HilpertBrock Hilpert '97
One of DA's all time great soccer players, Hilpert was a four-time all-conference player and two-time all-state player. He was three-time team most valuable player at DA and led his team to two NCISAA state championships. He scored 82 goals and had 52 assists at DA and participated in the North Carolina Olympic Development Program from 1991 to 1996. Hilpert played collegiately at Wake Forest University. 
2015 Hall of Fame Class  

Becca North '94
An all-state field hockey player and all-conference in basketball and softball at DA, North was a four-year field hockey player at Princeton.
2013 Hall of Fame Class  


Katie O’Connor '95
O'Connor was an all-state and all-American basketball player, as well as an outstanding field hockey player and track athlete at DA. She played basketball for four years at Virginia Tech, and currently serves as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Kansas University.
2013 Hall of Fame Class  

Mollie Pathman '10
The National Gatorade High School Soccer Player of the Year in 2010, Pathman was a four-time all-state and two-time All-American player at DA. A two-time All-ACC Second Team selection at Duke University, she played with the Boston Breakers and USA Soccer.
2013 Hall of Fame Class  

Patricia Biggs PorcelliPatricia Biggs Porcelli '84
Among DA’s first great girls basketball players, Porcelli is also one of the all-time leaders in games played and in scoring. She was a three-time all-conference player and earned all state honors while leading DA to the state tournament final-four in 1984. She was named to Durham’s all-area team and was tapped as DA’s senior athlete of the year in 1984.
2015 Hall of Fame Class    

Joe SeivoldJoe Seivold
As varsity soccer coach from 1991 to 1999, Seivold led the program to a 111-37-8 record and two NCISAA state championships. As varsity lacrosse coach from 1991 to 2004, Seivold’s teams won 10 state championships and compiled a 214-36 record. He coached multiple all-conference, all-state and all-American players and set a standard for excellence that remains a presence at DA today.
2015 Hall of Fame Class  

Kelly SmokeKelly Smoke ’00
Smoke was a three-year starter on the basketball team and holds the single game record for rebounds with 20. As a track athlete, she holds every record in shot put and discus at DA and in the NCISAA, and her records are among the best-ever for a North Carolina high school athlete. Smoke was a nine-time NCISAA individual state champion in track. She led her DA team to two state championships and earned 13 varsity letters at DA. She went on to have a successful track career at N.C. State University. 
2015 Hall of Fame Class     

David SpachDavid Spach ’78
Spach was one of DA’s first outstanding three-sport athletes. In cross country, he was the Durham city/county meet champion and NCISAA individual state champion, and he led his DA team to a NCISAA state championship. In basketball, he was a two-year starter at point guard and helped DA win the 1977 NCISAA state title. In tennis, he was the No. 1 player and team captain, and he won five North Carolina junior open tournaments. Spach played tennis at the University of Virginia, where he was team captain. 
2015 Hall of Fame Class     

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Contact the Alumni Office

Leslie Holdsworth
Director of Development and Alumni Affairs
919-489-6569 x6148


Tim McKenna
Alumni Director
919-489-6569 x6149 

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