DeWeese in front of NCHSAA signage

Ms. Susan “Susie” DeWeese, beloved and distinguished women’s Volleyball and Basketball coach at Enka High School, was recently inducted in the 2021 Class of Inductees into the North Carolina Athletic Association’s Hall of Fame. Coach DeWeese vwas a prominent figure in women’s athletics at Enka High School in the early days of Title IX, leading her “Sugar Jet” teams to excellence in Volleyball and Basketball. Her 1982 Volleyball Team won the open classification State Championship and her 1978 and 1983 Basketball teams won 3A State Championships. During her tenure at Enka High School, 35 young women were offered college athletic scholarships. Coach DeWeese had a career record of 491-196 in volleyball and 217-210 in basketball. 

The NCHSAA Hall of Fame is dedicated to “preserving the colorful tradition of highschool athletics in North Carolina,” and to “recognize past personalities and their significant contributions,” that are “models for future generations to emulate.” Coach DeWeese joins an illustrious group of North Carolinians in the NCHSAA Hall of Fame.

  “It’s so nice to be rewarded and recognized for a lifetime of work,” said coach DeWeese. “It was truly a labor of love! The thing that I’m most proud of is the young ladies that our program has produced. They are leaders in their communities and churches, teachers, coaches, principals, doctors, nurses, business leaders, as well as mothers.  Athletics is a great way to prepare you for life’s challenges and rewards.”

Deweese thanked everyone who helped her along the way “Alex Haley kept a note in his office saying… ‘If you see a turtle on top of a fence post, you know he had help getting there!’,” she said. “This turtle is thankful for those who helped me to get on top of this fence post!”