GOLDSBORO – The Boy Scouts of America’s Tuscarora Council will celebrate and honor award-winning coach and community leader George Whitfield with their 2021 Distinguished Citizen Award.
The event will take place Thursday, October 21st at 6:15pm at Walnut Creek Country Club at 508 Lake Shore Drive, Goldsboro.
Mr. Whitfield was the athletics director at Richmond Senior High from 1980 to 1990, athletics director at Mt. Olive College from 1990-1993, and athletics director and the first baseball coach at Pitt Community College from 1994 to 1996. From 1997 to 2002 he served as assistant coach for the ECU Pirates.
He served as head coach for the South team at the 1983 National Sports Festival and coach at the 1986 North Carolina State Games. The 1986 team won the gold medal.
Whitfield was named National Coach of the Year on two occasions, in 1969 and 1974. He has been inducted into the Hall of Fames at Goldsboro High, NC High School Athletic Association, American Baseball Coaches Association and US Achievement Academy. In 1980 he received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.
Whitfield received a physical education degree from East Carolina in 1959 and a master’s degree from Mississippi State in 1977.
Over 90 of his baseball players received athletic scholarships and three made it to the major leagues. His overall record of 954 – 286 (.768) makes him one of the winningest baseball coaches ever.
For more information about attending the Distinguished Citizen Award banquet contact Stuart Goins at 919-734-1714 or by email at Stuart.Goins@scouting.org
The Tuscarora Council serves youth in Johnston, Duplin, Sampson, and Wayne counties.