2017 Hall of Fame Inductees David Gentry and Ron and Carolyn McKee
David Gentry is WNC's all-time leader in high-school football coaching wins. In a 43-year career at Edneyville High (1974-82) and Murphy (1983-present), Gentry has posted a 381-189 record, with seven state 1-A titles at Murphy (1986, '87, '91, '96, 2011, '13 and '16). He has won 13 conference and nine regional championships and was selected as the head coach of the Shrine Bowl. The football facility at Murphy High is named David Gentry Field after the area's most successful football coach in history.
Ron and Carolyn McKee
Carolyn and Ron McKee ran the Asheville Tourists' pro baseball organization as a husband-and-wife team for 26 years (1980-2005). With Carolyn serving as the business manager and Ron as general manager, and later president and minority owner, the McKees converted the Tourists from a struggling business into a model franchise, increasing attendance from less than 1,000 a game to more than 2,000. Inventing the discount drinks promotion "Thirsty Thursday," Ron created a one of Asheville's strongest and most long-lasting social traditions. The McKees are members of the South Atlantic League Hall of Fame.