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PCC to Hold 2nd Annual Hoops Tournament to Honor Former Coach Charles Coburn

PCC will honor the life of Charles Coburn with a basketball tournament this weekend. A native of Pitt County, Coburn played and coached basketball at PCC and was the college's first athletic director. All of his work was done voluntarily.

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College will honor the life of former basketball coach Charles Coburn next month with a tournament that features 14 teams and an appearance by drag racer Tony Shumacher.

Coburn, who passed away in 2013 at age 65, was a 1973 PCC Business Administration graduate. He played basketball for two seasons at Pitt despite losing his right arm to a mortar round during the Vietnam War in 1969. He later coached at his alma mater for 14 seasons and was the college’s first athletic director—all as a full-time volunteer.

Coburn’s service to the community and accomplishments includes 41 years as a baseball umpire in Eastern North Carolina. When he retired from officiating in March 2012, the Pitt County Umpires Association retired his #32 umpire uniform during a ceremony at PCC.

The gym inside the Ed and Joan Warren Building on PCC’s main campus is named for Coburn. And Dec. 4-6, the 15-year-old facility will host the Bulldogs and teams from 13 other schools taking part in the 2nd Annual Charles Coburn Classic.

In recognition of Coburn’s military service, which included the prestigious Purple Heart and several service awards, the U.S. Army will have active duty and local reserve soldiers on hand for the tournament. Attendees will also have the opportunity to explore Army tactical vehicles and participate in a variety of other activities, including cornhole.

Shumacher, who is sponsored by the U.S. Army, will help get the weekend underway. The eight-time NHRA champion, who has 76 wins to his credit, will be on hand Friday, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Tournament play will run from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $5. Proceeds support the PCC basketball program.


11/30/2015