Payne Elected to NCHSAA HOF (2018-08-14 23:43:03)

RALIEGH - It's only fitting that Phillip "Marc" Payne (that's the way the state association wrote it) has been named to the North Carolina High School Athletic Hall of Fame for 2018. He's joined by an impressive class. Joining him in the Hall will be former football coach Bobby Poss and former Freedom girl's basketball coach Marsha Crump.

Payne was head basketball coach and Athletic Director at Watauga High School, Ashe County High and now closed Beaver Creek High, also his alma mater. Payne led the WHS boys to their last conference championship in 1998-99, and he led Ashe County to three 20-win seasons, which includes a trip to the regional semifinals in 2008-09.

He is third all-time in WHS history with 182 wins. The late Carter Lentz leads the list with 198, and current WHS coach, Rob Sanders, is currently in second place with 187.

Crump coached at FHS for 33 seasons (1970-2002), where she won three state championships (1989, 1994, 1995), and she also had two second-places finishes. She won 509 career games. She also had 24 winning seasons during her tenure.

Poss brings an impressive resume to the table, as well. In 28 years of coaching, Poss had a 241-89-1 head-coaching record (.730), and he earned many honors that include being named the 2002 and 1999 Western North Carolina Football Coach of the Year; the 2001 North Carolina Football Coach of the Year; the 2000 South Region Football Coach of the Year; the USA Today 1991 North Carolina Coach of the Year; and the Associated Press 1989 North Carolina Football Coach of the Year. He was a head coach at the 1998 Shrine Bowl and an assistant coach at the 1990 Shrine Bowl.

Poss is the only high-school football coach in the history of N.C. to win state titles at three different schools. He finished with five 4A state championships, and he was 88-25 in nine seasons at Asheville-Reynolds High.

He won state championships with the Rockets in 1999 and 2002. His other championships came at Fayetteville 71st (1984, ’86) and South View (1991).