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Don Scalf
Don Scalf
Year Inducted: 1999
Area of Distinction: Administrator / Coach
Graduation Year: N/A

Don Scalf taught for 36 years, coached for 18 years and served as Athletics Director for six years at North Carolina Wesleyan College. During his coaching career, Scalf's teams won Conference championships in basketball (1966) and golf (1970, 1971, 1972, 1973), earning him Conference Coach of the Year honors on four occasions.

In addition to his role as the first coach in both Bishop basketball and golf history, he also served as head coach for the College's inaugural women's volleyball team in 1974. In fact, NCWC's "Scalf Field" for soccer/lacrosse and "Don Scalf Court" for basketball/volleyball are named in honor of his dedication to Battling Bishop athletics. 

A founding father of the USA South (then the Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) in 1963, Scalf served as its Secretary-Treasurer for 25 years. His commitment to the student-athlete, guardianship of the value of academic achievement and devotion to the principles of Division III athletics set a standard that holds steadfast in the Conference today. For this reason, the conference presents its prestigious Don Scalf Award to one deserving male and female student-athlete on a yearly basis.

Most recently in 2010, Coach Scalf earned recognition in the USA South's inaugural Hall of Fame class, while the Bishops' annual Don Scalf Invitational continues to be a highlight for Wesleyan's golf program.