Ronnie Chavis, Durham s Catherine Armwood and Fred McDaniel, of Fayetteville, became the newest members of the North Carolina Athletic Director Association s Hall of Fame Tuesday night in Wilmington. | Contributed Photo | HOF ceremonies commence for former county A.D. Chavis | full story
Ronnie Chavis, Durham s Catherine Armwood and Fred McDaniel, of Fayetteville, became the newest members of the North Carolina Athletic Director Association s Hall of Fame Tuesday night in Wilmington. | Contributed Photo
Ronnie Chavis, Durham's Catherine Armwood and Fred McDaniel, of Fayetteville, became the newest members of the North Carolina Athletic Director Association's Hall of Fame Tuesday night in Wilmington. | Contributed Photo
LUMBERTON - Between daily four-mile jogs and playful sessions with his
grandkids, Ronnie Chavis
is enjoying life off the clock.
Outside of a triple bypass he endured last spring, Robeson County's former athletic director says retirement has been uneventful thus far and he relishes having options on how to spend weeknights versus the monotony of fall, winter and spring sports seasons.
"I'm more or less enjoying retirement," said Chavis
, who ended his
reign over area sports in 2011 after 40 years of service.
"I've been able to do a little bit of traveling and spending time with my family has been nice.
It's fun to still go to a few ballgames here and there."
The Pembroke native's offseason schedule has picked up recently and for good reason.
On Tuesday night in Wilmington, Chavis, along with Fayetteville's Fred McDaniel and Catherine Armwood of Durham, became a member of the North Carolina Athletic Director Association's Hall of Fame.
Chavis, a former all-conference standout at Prospect High who later pitched in the College World Series at then-Pembroke State University, joins Asheboro's Donnie Baxter, Lawrence Dunn of Raleigh, Greensboro's Doug Henderson, Lindsey Page of Burlington, Larry Rhodes of Gastonia, Salisbury's Robert Steele and Jim Taylor of Shelby in the 27th group to join the prestigious fraternity.
"When you look at the names of some of those great people across North Carolina, you kind of step back and think, 'I'm just little old Ronnie Chavis
from Prospect High School
"I'm most proud of always trying to put our athletes first and representing Robeson County
to the best of my ability."
The pair of hall of fame inductions coincide with his
exclusive National Athletic Director of the Year award received in 2009.
is responsible for the creation of middle school athletic programs in Robeson County
and helped form the area's first American Legion baseball team.
admits there's less pressure as a retiree.
"In some ways I miss it and other ways I don't," Chavis
"You never think about all the responsibilities you have as a county athletic director while you're doing it, but when you get out, it all kind of hits you."
In recent talks with other retired athletic directors and soon to be hall of famers, Chavis
came to the realization that high school athletics have been heavily altered since his
primary decade overseeing area sports in the 1990s.
Thanks to the social media boom of the 21st century, standouts at rival schools can now interact on a daily basis, college programs have instant access to athletes' personal lives and players get the wrong idea that earning an athletic scholarship is easy.
The wealth of information comes at a price.
"So many things have changed since I started (as county A.D.)," Chavis
Chavis coached multiple varsity sports after his collegiate career including stops at Magnolia and West Robeson and became the first athletic director of the merged Public Schools of Robeson County in 1989.
One of the first items on his
agenda was consolidating the area's high schools from 10 to six.
is credited with helping produce the Robeson County Shootout and Slugfest, two mid-season tournaments that still thrive today and allow Chavis
to contribute when he
"I'm actually going to help out at Swett this year and run the scoreboard," Chavis