Elkin High School Athletic Director Tony Duncan was awarded the Charlie Adams Distinguished Service Award by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association for Region 7 recently.
Duncan is a graduate of Elkin High School and Appalachian State University. Since graduating he has been teaching at Elkin High School for 29 years, 19 of those years he has served as the school’s athletic director. He has served as an assistant football coach at Elkin High School for each of his 29 years and was part of State Championship teams in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006.
Despite never playing tennis, Duncan has coached men’s tennis for eight years at Elkin, winning a dual-team state championship in 2013 and coaching six individual state championships. He has been named conference coach of the year seven times compiling an impressive 123-14 record. He has coached baseball and basketball as well. In addition to his school duties, Duncan serves as an official in the Blue Ridge Soccer Officials Association as well as the North State Football Officials Association.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association presented special awards at its eight regional meetings across the state. Commissioner Que Tucker of the NCHSAA and associate commissioner Karen DeHart, on behalf of the Association, presented both the Charlie Adams Distinguished Service Awards and the Special Person awards to recipients in each region.
The Charlie Adams Distinguished Service Awards are given per region and go to a person with at least 10 years of experience in education and athletics who is still active in the field and has regularly gone “above and beyond” the call of duty at both the local and the state level.