Bill Eutsler


A 1977 inductee into the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame, Bill Eutsler is a 1940 graduate of Wake Forest who played three years of varsity football and baseball. He played one season of pro baseball in the Washington Senators organization but made his fame as a prolific North Carolina high school coach.

A native of Whiteville, N.C., Eutsler coached Richmond High School's football team in Rockingham, N.C., from 1940-71, compiling an amazing .753 winning percentage with a 226-74-14 record. He coached basketball from 1947-52 and was 104-24 and had a 111-48 baseball coaching record in 11 seasons from 1947-57. His football teams won 13 conference championships, six Eastern Championships, and four state titles. He also won a state baseball title. He remained at Richmond High as athletic director after retiring from coaching.

In 1963, he served as the head coach of the North Carolina team in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.

Eutsler is a former president of the North Carolina Coaches Association and has written several publications on football coaching. He was named Wake Forest's Outstanding Alumnus in the Field of Education and Athletics in 1970 and was named the Outstanding Athletic Director in North Carolina in 1975-76.

Eutsler was born May 6, 1918 in Raleigh. He was inducted into North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 1990 and the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1992.


Norm Snead


Norm Snead was an outstanding quarterback and ahead of his time. During an era of relatively little passing, Snead put up outstanding numbers through the air, and enjoyed a successful collegiate and long-spanning professional career.

At Wake Forest, Snead was one of the best players in the country. Snead was an All-ACC selection three times along with an All-America selection in 1960. In 1959, Snead was fifth in the nation for total offense and fourth in total offense in 1960. His season year numbers of 123 completions out of 259 attempts for 1,675 yards and 10 TDs made him the second leading passer in the nation.

Snead played for five teams during a 15-year career. He was the second overall selection in the 1961 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, for whom he played for three seasons. (He was also selected by the Buffalo Bills in the fifth round, 35th overall, in the 1961 AFL Draft.) Snead then went on to play in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles (1964-70), Minnesota Vikings (1971), New York Giants (1972-74, 1976) and San Francisco 49ers (1974-75).

Snead was a four-time Pro Bowl selection in 1963, 1963, 1965 and 1972. He passed for 30,797 yards in his career, with 196 TDs. He led the NFL in completion percentage (.603) in 1972. Two years later, he became only the seventh quarterback in NFL history to complete 60 percent or more of his passes in three different seasons.

Norm Snead was inducted into the WFU Sports Hall of Fame in 1977.

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