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CHAPEL HILL – East Bladen Coach Patty Evers was honored Saturday as the recipient of the John Wooden Legacy Award for 2021. The presentation that was made during the NCHSAA State Basketball Championships at the Dean E. Smith Center had been postponed earlier due to Covid.

The award is presented by the National High School Coaches Association in partnership with the John Wooden family and the Wooden Foundation to a boys and girls basketball coach from each state.

“Today I was honored with the biggest award of my coaching career,” posted Evers on Facebook. “A big thank you goes out the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association. I have been blessed with some of the best student athletes I could have ever imagined. I am thankful for my coaching staff, my family, friends, administrators, parents and community!”

In 22 seasons at East Bladen and 5 seasons prior to that at Tar Heel High, Evers’ teams have won 584 games and lost only 142. At East Bladen her Lady Eagles have posted a record of 510-100, won 13 conference championships, reached the regionals 10 times, won 4 Eastern Regional championships and claimed 4 state runners-up finishes.

Evers was the first North Carolina high school basketball coach to be invited to coach in the the McDonald’s All-American game in 2022. She also coached the North Carolina team to victory in the 2019 Carolinas Classic.

She has also won several NCHSAA awards including the Doris Howard Female State Coach of the Year, the Toby Webb Outstanding Coach Award and the Homer Thompson “Eight Who Make a Difference” Award.