Hall of Fame
John Burney- John Burney was born in Raleigh, NC, but has lived just about everywhere except Raleigh. His high school years were spent in El Paso, TX and he graduated from Kwajalein Senior High School in the Marshall Islands. He returned to North Carolina in 1970 to attend Lees-McRae College where he graduated with an AS degree in Biology. He continued his education at Appalachian State University and graduated in 1975 with a BS in Biology and Science. Mr. Burney was hired that same year to teach and coach in the Guilford County School System. During this time he entered the Teacher Athletic Trainer Program (TATIP) at Wake Forest University offered through the NC Department of Education. He became nationally certified (ATC) through the National Athletic Trainers Association in 1983. Mr. Burney has spent all 33 years at Southern Guilford High School in Greensboro, NC. He has been an active member of the NCATA since 1976. During his time with the NCATA he has held the offices of President, Secretary-Treasurer, and District 5 Representative. In 1990, he was named the NCATA Athletic Trainer of the Year. Mr. Burney has also been involved with the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas since 1989. He has also enjoyed a close relationship with the NCHSSA in wrestling since the late 70’s. John is married to Jackie Gerringer from McLeansville, NC. He says “He owes all of his accolades to the support of his loving wife Jackie, he couldn’t have done it without her”.