obituary Herbert Mosley Wilkerson Jr. (' 77 BSBA), 49, of Greenville, hardware store owner;June 20, 2004. Wilkerson owned the Globe Hardware Co. He also was an instructor in business at Pitt Community College and sang and played guitar with the Proclamation! Praise Band at
St.James United Methodist Church. At UNC,
he belonged to Sigma Nu. , 78 Dr. Bobby McManus Collins
II (' 78 AB, ' 83 DDS) of Pitts-
burgh has received a mastership
award by the Academy of General Dentistry,
completing 1, 100 hours of continuing educa-
tion encompassing 16 dentistry disciplines. •
Jody Edwin Edwards (' 78 ABED, ' 79 MAT)
of Kenly will take over the head coaching
position for the baseball and girls' basketball
tean15 at North Johnston Middle SchooL .
Phil Jackson Ford Jr. (' 78 BSBA) has
accepted an offer from Detroit Pistons coach
Larry Brown (' 63 AB) to join the Pistons as an
Fields of Dreams
Sitting on Jamaica's white sandy beaches, with millions of people set to come ashore,
Don Lockerble ' 79 can look out at the Carolina blue water and reflect on his swift rise
from a little-known track athlete to a world-famous venue planner.
Lockerbie is stationed in Kingston, Jamaica,
designing stadiums for the eight countries in
the West Indies and Caribbean that are set to
host the 2007 International Cricket Council
Cricket World Cup.
As the chief operating officer for the world's
third-largest sporting event, Lockerbie's job is to
ensure its success. He has to design nine stadiums and create a way for spectators to pass fluidly amid eight sets of governments, customs
and currency. An event of this magnitude has
never been planned in so many countries; a
dynamic that Lockerbie said makes this his
biggest challenge ever.
"It's one where I'm either going to be suc-
cessful or I better enter the witness protection
program," he said.
The scale of this daunting task is extraordi-
nary, especially considering Lockerbie's humble
beginnings in his craft.
After then-UNC track coach Joe Hilton ' 40
retired, Lockerbie, in his 20s and fresh off an
attempt for an Olympic bid, was hired as head
coach of track and cross country.
Following several seasons that Lockerbie
described as less than championship caliber, a
successful football season yielded a surplus in
the athletics department - and a new path for
Lockerbie. Athletics Director John Swofford ' 71
offered both women's soccer coach Anson Dorrance ' 74 and men's lacrosse coach William
Scroggs the opportunity to spearhead a $1 million renovation of Fetzer Field.
"They were too busy winning national cham-
pionships," Lockerbie said. "I wasn't that suc-
cessful as a track coach, and I decided I wanted
to do it."
The challenges of revitalizing the facility
piqued Lockerbie's interest, and in 1985 he left
UNC to start his own sports facility design com-
pany, dubbed Olympvs International AG.
Lockerbie first designed track-and-field sites
at other campuses such as Brown, Columbia,
Duke and the University of South Carolina.
These early projects helped establish him, and
he garnered credible recommendations.
"What I found was that when you do some-
thing well, other people come back to ask you
what else you can do," Lockerbie said.
He went on to a $50 million renovation of
all of Wake Forest's facilities and then cata-
pulted onto the professional sports scene.
Lockerbie co-founded the team of designers
that sculpted all of the soccer fields for the
1994 Soccer World Cup
held in the United States. He
was responsible for all the
temporary and modular sta-
diums in the 1996 Olympics
in Atlanta and was a senior
consultant of 19 stadiums
created for the 2000
Olympics in Sydney, Aus-
Including work with the
now defunct XFL and WUSA
leagues, Lockerbie has had
a hand in more than 300
sports facility planning projects in more than 40 states
and 50 countries.
Despite all his travels,
Lockerbie has remained close friends with
Scroggs. Now senior associate athletics director
for operations and facilities at UNC, Scroggs
said Lockerbie's success hasn't surprised him.
"I think he was lucky, but I also think that
people that work hard and go after things cre-
ate their own luck," he said. "I think he's done it
mainly because he's been aggressive and he's
an engaging guy:
The two friends also worked together in the
latest Fetzer Field renovation, which entailed
resurfacing the track and refining the shot put
and discus areas.
"He was the one involved in a lot in the technical aspects of what we needed to do, what
would keep us current and ahead of the curve,"
he said. "Because he's a graduate, he wanted
the job to go not well, but he wanted it to go
Such meticulous care, Lockerbie said, is
important because in the
end, venue planning is
more about the people
inside and outside the
structures than about angles and concrete.
Don Lockerble ' 79, fonner UNC track and
cross country coach, now wins by design.
- Joseph Schwartz
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