He Taught the Eagles to Soar
It is always easier to look back from suc- “The team had been
cess and talk tough about hard work than it losing for so long that
is to imagine success when you’re at the they didn’t know how to
bottom of an uphill slope. In 2003, when win,” Broadway explains.
Rod Broadway ’ 78 became head coach “We had to change the
for the N.C. Central University Eagles, the culture. We put in a pro-team had a long record of losing. Looking gram that started with
over his team, Broadway saw a depressed basic fundamentals from
bunch of players. As he puts it, “They recruiting to training. We
expected to lose and did.” had to change the way
On the other hand, Broadway knew that we practice. We had to As head coach at N.C.
the Eagles were offering him a chance he change everything from Central University,
Rod Broadway ’ 78 took
didn’t want to pass up. “I saw these other attitude down to effort.” the football team from
guys getting head coaching jobs, and I knew Today, nobody ques- a losing streak to two
I was qualified,” Broadway reflects. “I guess it tions whether Broadway CIAA championships —
and Division I-AA.
was something I had to prove to myself.” can handle the job. In
Broadway attacked his new job with a 2004, the Eagles won
combination of hard work, optimism and eight of 10 games for the
smart coaching. He dug deep into a long first time in the history of NCCU. In 2005,
career that began as a defensive lineman at they were CIAA champions with their first
UNC from 1974 to 1977 with a 1977 10-win season. In 2006, it’s an 11-win season
award for Most Outstanding Senior from and the team’s second year as CIAA champi-the Educational Foundation and All-ACC ons. In 2007, the Eagles will move up to
honors, a career that included posts as an Division I-AA. Behind it all: Coach
assistant coach at East Carolina, Duke, Broadway telling his team to “play hard and
Florida and UNC. play to win.”
PHOTO COURTESY NCCU SPORTS INFORMATION
Everette James Jr. ’ 59 doesn’t seem to
do anything sparingly. As a radiologist, professor and chair of the radiology department
at Vanderbilt University, he wrote more than
500 articles, 150 textbook chapters and 20
textbooks. James, now retired and living in
Chapel Hill, has channeled that same intensity into his collection of folk art, pottery
and quilts, much of which he displays at St.
James Place, a museum in a Gothic-revival
style, primitive Baptist church he restored in
Soon after James began collecting quilts for
St. James Place, he realized that the African-American quilts were distinct and should be
exhibited separately. He created a traveling
exhibit and took it to museums in North
Carolina,Virginia and Georgia. At the end of
the tour, the N.C. Museum of History offered
to show the quilts for a full year. In 2006,
James and his wife, Nancy Jane Farmer
’69, who also received her master’s and doctorate from UNC, donated these 60 quilts to
PHOTO COURTES Y FARMER-JAMES COLLECTION
Monkey Wrench Quilt, circa 1930, Person County. In the
19th century, monkey wrench quilts were placed over a
fence to signal that it was time to prepare an escape.
Dr. Willis Martin ’ 70 (MD), a dermatologist, has seen a lot of disabled, obese
and wheelchair-bound patients in his
years of practice. He’s well aware of the
problems on both sides — nurses who
develop injuries from lifting patients and
patients subjected to uncomfortable,
humiliating and sometimes scary forms of
transfer. Struggling with the problem,
Martin came up with a system he has
patented as the chair-a-table.
The chair-a-table is a wheelchair that
can be attached to a table or bed before
lifting patients to the proper height and
then flattening to facilitate the transfer of
the patient. The chair-a-table will help
nurses who otherwise may have to lift a
total of nearly two tons per shift and
orderlies who lift some five tons per shift.
The first prototype is now in use at the
Carolina Health Care Center in Roanoke,
Va., and Martin is proud to say that the
staff there want the chair-a-table to become
a permanent part of their equipment.
the museum, accepting its offer to house and
catalog the collection permanently.
James is reluctant to single out one
favorite quilt but admits that he prefers the
quilts that were used to communicate information about the Underground Railroad. A
monkey wrench quilt placed over a fence
signaled that it was time to prepare to flee.
Also among his personal favorites are
improvisational quilts. The seemingly random bits of cloth form shapes that come
from traditional African tribal beliefs.
— Stories by Susan Simone
Read extended pieces in Class Notes:
Jack Palance ’ 41, page 74
George B. Tindall ’ 48, page 76
Paul Hoolahan ’ 72, page 88
Susan Gravely ’ 73 and Frances Gravely ’ 77 (MED),