Inside Hotlanta and the SIAC
By Hal Lamar
Photos by Patsy Collier-Lamar
Former Morehouse Athletic Director Enshrined in AD Hall of Fame
Former Morehouse College Athletic Director and head basketball coach Arthur J. McAfee has been inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
MaAfee, a native of Wichita, Kansas and 1951 graduate of Wichita State University, is the third Morehouse AD to be so enshrined behind Frank Forbes ( 1972) and BT Harvey (1971).
He joins 32 other Athletic Directors from historically black colleges and universities in the Hall. Ten of those 32 are from colleges in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC).
McAfee coached at Lane, Mississippi Valley, Lincoln (MO) University and Bishop College (Dallas Tex), his last stop before arriving at Morehouse as head basketball coach in 1965. Seven years later, he replaced Forbes as Athletic Director.
As basketball coach, MaAfee hit the ground running. By the time of his official retirement in 2000, He had amassed some 517 career victories, 499 of them at Morehouse. The Maroon Tiger fives reached the SIAC championship game six times, won three conference titles and advanced to the NCAA playoffs. He had four 20-win seasons and 11 of his players made first team all conference. One of those, Harold Ellis , who helped lead the team to the Division II final four in 1990, went on to play in the NBA for three years with the LA Clippers and the Denver Nuggets .
In 2008, McAfee was also inducted into the Wichita State University Hall of Fame.
His induction in the NACDA Hall takes place Thursday, June 14 in Orlando Florida.
NACDA was founded in 1965. Based in Cleveland Ohio, it boasts a membership of 6100 representing colleges from the NCAA, NAIA plus junior and community colleges.
Here is a listing of the other HBCU ADs who have been enshrined in the Hall according to the NACDA website:
|William Archie- Norfolk State-1987 |
Earl Banks-Morgan State-1992
William Bell-Fayetteville State-1970
Marino “Godfather” Casem-Alcorn State-2006
Howard Davis-Jackson State-2000
Tellis Ellis-Jackson State-1986
C. Johnson Dunn–Alabama State-
William Exum-Kentucky State-1978
Alonzo S “Jake” Gaither-FAMU-1976
Howard Gentry-Tennessee State-1977
Thomas Harris-Virginia Union-1980
George Hobson-Alabama A&M -1988
Milton Hunter- South Carolina State-1991
Edward Hurt-Morgan St. 1972
|Calvin Irvin-NC A&T -1981 |
Gaston Lewis-Central State (Ohio)-1971
AJ Lockhart-Morris Brown-1974
John Marshall-Fayetteville State-1995
Doug Porter-Fort Valley-1997
Walter Reed-Florida A&M-2000
Manuel Rivero-Lincoln -1982
Herbert “Buss” Thompson-Fisk-1978
Bobby Vaughn-Elizabeth City State-1988
Thomas Verdell-Virginia State-1975
Alexander Durley-Texas Southern-1973
XTRA POINTS: I didn’t know this before but Morehouse’s Harold Ellis, now a big wheel with the Orlando Magic, is only the fifth player from an HBCU to have his jersey retired. If you happen to visit Morehouse, stop by the Frank Forbes Gym. You’ll see Ellis’s number 30 hanging on the gym’s west wall…..
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