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Odom among N.C. HOF inductees

UNC women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell was among the six people inducted in the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame Thursday night at the Hilton North Raleigh.

The other five inductees are: Willie Burden, Dave Odom, Jerry Moore, Roger Watson and John Swofford.

The six inductees spoke earlier Thursday at the N.C. Museum of History about the honor.

“I’m sure tonight will be special,” said Swofford, the ACC Commissioner and Wilkes Central High alum.

Hatchell, a Gastonia native, said she toured the hall of fame in the museum and felt “chills” washed over her as she realized she would be enshrined among many of the people she idolized as a youth.

“I kept up with every sport,” Hatchell said. “I knew who all these people were.”

Along with Hatchell and Swofford, this year’s induction class includes five native North Carolinians:

* Burden, a Raleigh native, starred as a running back at Enloe High and N.C. State.

* Odom, a native of Goldsboro, was the head basketball coach at Wake Forest from 1992-97. He also coached at Durham High. He coached at USC from 2001-2008. At South Carolina, Wake Forest and East Carolina, Odom's career head coaching record is 406-278.

* Watson, a native of High Point, played on the PGA Tour after graduating from High Point University.

* Jerry Moore, who was born in Texas, is the head football coach at Appalachian State.

Each of the inductees talked about how much they respected the accomplishments of the others in their hall of fame class, as well as those already inducted.

This year’s class brings the total members to 266 after the first class was inducted in 1963.

“It’s humbling,” Swofford said. “How in the heck did I end up in the same hall of fame as Arnold Palmer?”