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East Bladen Coach Patty Evers has been honored as a recipient of the John Wooden Legacy Award for 2021. The award is presented to a boys and girls basketball coach from each state. Reggie Peace of Lee County High was the boys’ winner for North Carolina.

Now in her 26th season as a head coach at East Bladen and earlier at Tar Heel High, Evers has led her teams to 541 wins, 13 conference championships, 4 NCHSAA State Runners-up finishes and 9 regional appearances.

Presented by the National High School Basketball Coaches Association in conjunction with the Wooden Family and the Paycom Wooden Legacy tournament, the award seeks to honor scholastic basketball coaches around the country who are educators and have achieved excellence on the floor, in the classroom and in the community that further embody the characteristics and legacy of Coach John Wooden.

Coach Wooden’s grandson. Greg Wooden, shared in a letter to the recipients, “The fact that you are receiving this award is a testament to a long-standing commitment you have made as a teacher/coach within your community. You are receiving this award because you embody many traits my grandfather felt were vital to success – Education, Longevity, Character, Service and Excellence.”

The award is named for the late UCLA coach who won 10 national championships in 12 years.

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