RCC’s first PE instructor to be a little ‘Brave’


By Kevin Spradlin

HAMLET — Richmond Community College President Dr. Dale McInnis announced Tuesday that Gary Aycock has accepted an offer to become the first physical education instructor in the state’s fastest-growing community college.

Gary Aycock

Gary Aycock

Aycock has been the head men’s and women’s cross country coaches for the UNC-Pembroke Braves teams since the start of the fall 2009 season. He lives in Scotland County.

According to a UNC-Pembrooke news release, Aycock has served as the skipper for both the men’s and women’s cross country programs for the last five seasons. He was named head coach of the men’s and women’s track & field programs prior to the 2013 campaign after serving the previous three seasons as an assistant.

He earned conference and region coach of the year accolades after leading the men’s side to a runner-up finish at the inaugural PBC Championships in 2013, while the women finished in the top half of the league in 2014.

In just two seasons under Aycock’s leadership, the track & field programs collected 29 all-conference and 40 all-region awards. Ndhlovu claimed both conference and region field athlete of the year accolades in 2013 after grabbing all-American honors in the 5,000-meter run – the second of two-straight appearances at the national meet for the Zimbabwe native.

His retirement will be effective on July 1. McInnis said Aycock will begin his new duties this fall.





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  • Chris

    Why hire a coach to teach? Yes it is done all the time in physical education and that is one reason physical education is a marginalized, disregarded academic subject. There are very few athletes at RCC or community colleges in general. Why not hire an experienced instructor to teach physical education to a diverse student population as opposed to an athletic coach?

  • June

    Chris, a better question is why keep making up new positions when other areas of the college are so inadequately supported. There are not enough instructors to teach all of the classes that are offered. Existing instructors teach far more courses than they should. Class sizes are ridiculous in some cases. RCC just hired a third marketing person! Really? This small college has gotten by with one marketing person for decades and now needs three?

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