Hall of Fame
Stephen Womack- Stephen Womack graduated from Sanford Central High School (now Lee County High School) in June 1969. He then attended and graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 1973 with a BA in English along with attending Longwood (VA) College one year and taking teacher education classes. He began working as an English teacher in August 1974 at Lee Senior High School. He was also part of the Teacher Athletic Trainer instructional Program sponsored by the State Department of Public Instruction and NC State University from the summer of 1978- 1980. In August 1980 he became a nationally certified athletic trainer and has filled that role at Lee County High School for the last 30 years. Stephen is married to Kathie Thomas Womack and has two children: Brian, who graduated from UNC-Pembroke and works at Tobacco Road Golf Course in Sanford and Maggie, who graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne College and is now a third year student at NC State College of Veterinary Medicine. In June 2005, he became the athletic director at Lee County High School and in December 2009 received a Masters of Health Education and Promotion from East Carolina University. He currently teaches English, Sports Medicine, serve as the head athletic trainer and athletic director at Lee County High School.
Kirby PattersonGraduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Physical Education from East Carolina University, 1977. Earned a Masters Degree in Health and Physical Education from East Carolina, 1978. Awarded NATA certification in 1977.
Kirby’s athletic training career began in 1970 as a student athletic trainer at Northwest Cabarrus High School. He was a student athletic trainer at East Carolina University from 1973-78. His professional career began in 1979 with the Kinston Eagles, a minor league baseball team affiliated with the Toronto Blue Jays. From 1979 through 2011, Kirby served as head athletic trainer for four high schools, Richmond Senior, West Charlotte, Central Cabarrus and Northwest Cabarrus.
Throughout his career, Kirby has been active within the athletic training profession. He held the office of President of the NCATA (1981-1983), served on the NCATA Board of Directors (1983-1994) and the NATA Student Athletic Trainer Committee (1987-1994). He has also spoken on both the NATA’s district and national meetings. The NCDPI had Kirby serve as an instructor for their Sports Medicine Division from 1980-1994.
Kirby has received several awards during his athletic training career. In 1975, he was awarded the William E. Newell Scholarship Award by the NATA. The NCATA awarded him the NCATA Trainer of The Year Award in 1987. In 1988, The NATA honored him with the NATA High School Athletic Trainer of The Year.