Sheila Boles left her mark as a trail blazer and pioneer in women’s athletics at UNCW as a two-sport student-athlete from 1973-76.

A native of Fayetteville, N.C., she played on the school’s first women’s basketball team in 1973 and became the school’s first recipient of a women’s basketball scholarship in 1974. She was a three-time team MVP in women’s basketball and was named NAIA District 28 Player-of-the-Year in 1976.

Boles, who also played on the volleyball team that captured the 1974 AIAW state championship, continued to excel upon graduation, earning recognition as an outstanding coach and administrator during an accomplished 31-year career. She coached boy’s basketball locally at John T. Hoggard High School, compiling a 167-120 record in 11 seasons, and then served as the school’s athletic director from 1999-2008.

Boles collected an array of honors for her coaching and administrative skills. She was named NCHSAA Athletic Director of the Year in 2008 and was inducted into the NCHSAA Hall of Fame and Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame in 2011. Last March, she was honored by the Colonial Athletic Association as a CAA Legend at the league’s championship tournament in Upper Marlboro, Md.