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Neill Roderick McGeachy Jr.

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Neill Roderick McGeachy, Jr.

Winston-Salem - Neill Roderick McGeachy, Jr., former long-time athletic director at Lenoir-Rhyne University, gently passed away on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. He was 75.

McGeachy was a colorful man, a gifted promoter, a unique orator and a gentleman. Born in Charlotte to Francis Hamilton McGeachy and the Rev. Neill Roderick McGeachy, Neill Jr. was an all-star basketball and tennis star at Statesville High School from 1956-1960. A 1965 graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne, McGeachy was a standout for the Bears in basketball, track and football before playing professionally for the Carolina Cougars and the Atlanta Falcons. He transitioned to coaching, serving as Statesville High School's basketball and tennis coach and then as an assistant men's basketball coach at Davidson and Duke universities. McGeachy was the Blue Devils' head coach in 1973-74 before becoming an assistant at Wake Forest.

McGeachy was the founder and president of Sugar Creek Enterprises, Inc., a sports promotions company based in Winston-Salem and Charlotte, from 1977-1997. He later served as director of marketing for the United States Tennis Association Southern Section from 1997-2002.

In 2002, McGeachy returned home to Lenoir-Rhyne to serve as athletic director and executive director of the Piedmont Educational Foundation/Bears Club, LRU's athletic fundraising arm. During his 14 years at LRU, McGeachy added eight sports, more than doubled football attendance and oversaw the 2013 Bears football team that was the Division II national runner up. During McGeachy's tenure, Lenoir-Rhyne won 38 South Atlantic Conference regular-season championships and 14 conference tournament titles, and it had 38 All-Americans in 11 sports, 12 Academic All-Americans, Tyree conference athletes of the year and one national coach of the year. McGeachy has been inducted into the Lenoir-Rhyne, N.C. Tennis and Iredell County sports halls of fame and in 2016 received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Lenoir-Rhyne.

A Civil War historian, poetry reader, life-long tennis player and fan of the late Leonard Cohen, McGeachy is survived by his children, Neill Roderick McGeachy III (Joan Williams) and Ashley Letitia McGeachy Fox; his four grandchildren, Emma Hamilton McGeachy, Jackson Roderick McGeachy, Ella T. Fox and Austin Waller Fox; and his three sisters, Lila Ray (the Rev. Richard Archibald), Margaret Ann Roberson (William Carl) and Elizabeth Mills (William Aycock).

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, February 13, at 2 p.m. at St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Hickory. Always ignore the first fake.
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Feb. 12, 2018
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