The former Commissioner of the ACC and past member of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee, a pair of highly-successful head coaches and one of the only four ACC players who earned first- or second-team All-ACC honors in four consecutive seasons headline the 2013 ACC Men’s Basketball Legends Class announced Thursday by ACC Commissioner John Swofford.
Included on the team are a member of the ACC’s 50th Anniversary basketball team, six All-Americas, three All-ACC selections, six NBA Draft selections, four players who led their teams to five ACC Championships and two former successful coaches, including one who led Maryland to the 2002 National Championship.
Leading the way is former ACC Commissioner Gene Corrigan (Keswick, Va.), who served on the NCAA’s Men’s Basketball Committee and oversaw the ACC for a 10-year period when the conference captured three NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships and saw 11 teams earn berths to the NCAA’s Final Four. Corrigan is a being honored as an ACC Legend this year as the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament celebrates its 60th anniversary.
Also leading the way are former Georgia Tech All-America point guard Mark Price (Enid, Okla.), who was the focal point of the resurgence of the Bobby Cremins-coached Georgia Tech teams of the mid-1980’s; former Maryland head coach Gary Williams (Collingswood, N.J.), who led the Terrapins to the 2002 National Championships and to 14 NCAA Tournament appearances in his 22 seasons at College Park; and “Gentleman” Carl Tacy (Huttonsville, W. Va.), who coached Wake Forest to six post-season appearances and 222 victories in his 13 seasons at the helm in Winston-Salem.
Joining them are Boston College’s Gerry Ward (Bronx, N.Y.) who completed his career as the Eagles’ 3rd-leading career scorer while playing for coaches Don Martin and Frank Power; Clemson’s Terrell McIntyre (Raeford, N.C.), a prolific point guard for the Tigers who three times earned All-ACC honors; Duke’s Trajan Langdon (Anchorage, Alaska), one of the key cogs of the Blue Devils 1999 team which advanced to the NCAA national championship game and who was one of the most effective long-range shooters and free throw shooters in league history; Florida State’s Tharon Mayes (New Haven, Conn.), who helped lead Florida State to its first back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances for then coach Pat Kennedy; and Miami’s Mike Wittman (St. Joseph’s, Michigan), who was a high-scoring forward for the record-setting Miami teams of the mid 1960’s.
Completing this year’s ACC Legends Class are North Carolina’s Mike O’Koren (Jersey City, N.J.), one of the most versatile players in Tar Heel history who helped lead the Dean-Smith coached teams to four NCAA appearances and ACC Championships in 1977 and 1979; NC State’s Dereck Whittenburg (Washington, D.C), the author of the most famous pass/shot in NCAA Tournament history and a key member of the Jim Valvano-coached 1983 National Championship squad; Virginia’s Travis Watson (Brookneal, Va.), a versatile forward who helped lead the Cavaliers to four consecutive post-season tournament appearances; and Virginia Tech’s Ace Custis (Eastville, Va.), a versatile forward who led the Hokies to the Championship of the 1995 NIT and an appearance in the 1996 NCAA Tournament.
The Legends will be honored at this year’s ACC’s Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C., March 14-17.
They will be feted at the annual ACC Legends Brunch, which will be held Saturday, March 16, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Guilford Ballroom of the Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel, and, later that day, will be introduced to the Greensboro Coliseum crowd at halftime of the first semifinal game.
Ticket information for the ACC Legends Brunch is available on the ACC website at theACC.com.
Corrigan (1987-97) served as the Commissioner of the ACC during a 10-year period when the league saw 10 of its teams advance to the NCAA Final Four and two of them (1991-93) win three consecutive national championships in basketball.
A 1952 graduate of Duke, Corrigan began his athletics administration career at Washington & Lee University in 1955 as coach of the school’s basketball, soccer and lacrosse teams.
Three years later he joined the staff at the University of Virginia as head lacrosse and soccer coach and assistant basketball coach, leaving UVa in 1967 to become the Service Bureau Director at the Atlantic Coast Conference under the ACC’s first Commissioner, Jim Weaver.
He returned to Washington & Lee as director of athletics in 1969, and took the same position at Virginia in 1971.
Ten years later he left UVa to become the director of athletics at Notre Dame. During his time in South Bend, he served on the NCAA Men’s Division 1 Basketball Committee.
He rejoined the ACC as its third Commissioner in 1987.
During his time with the ACC, Corrigan oversaw the addition of Florida State to the conference and was a key factor in the formation of the Football Bowl Alliance, the forerunner to today’s BCS.
In his final two and a half years with the ACC, Corrigan served as President of the NCAA.
Additionally, he served as a member of the NCAA Special Advisory Committee to Review Distribution of Revenues and was Chair of the NCAA Committee on Cost Reduction.
A native of Baltimore, Md., he currently resides in Keswick, Va., just outside of Charlottesville.
Ward (1961-63) started three seasons for the Eagles as a 6-4 forward, playing his first two years under Don Martin and his final year under coach Frank Power.
He averaged in double figures each year, averaging a then-school record 20.0 points a game as a senior in 1963.
His total of 1,115 career points, which still ranks 33rd on the Boston College career scoring list, was the school’s third-best career total when he finished his college career.
Ward led the Eagles to a 39-32 three-year record, shooting .525 from the field, which at the time was a school career record.
A fierce competitor on the boards, his career rebounding average of 13.3 per contest is still the second-best in school history and his total of 947 rebounds still ranks 6th on the BC career list.
His three single-season rebound averages rank among the top eight single seasons in BC history, including a 15.6 rebound norm in the 1962 season which is the school’s third-best season rebounding average.