Encyclopedia of UNCG History

An online resource for exploring the history of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Michael Parker was the head coach of the UNCG’s men’s soccer team from 1984 to 2010. Originally from Bradford, England, Parker earned his Bachelors of Science at Madeley College in Staffordshire, England in 1968 and a Masters of Education degree from UNC Chapel Hill in 1971. Within two years of becoming the head coach at […]

The Spartan Club is a non-profit organization which endeavors to secure the financial support for UNCG student-athletes. Throughout the year, the Spartan Club, and each of the Spartan varsity teams host special events and hospitality gatherings to promote interest in the athletic programs at UNCG.  The primary focus of the Spartan Club’s fundraising efforts is […]

Starting in the 1970s, the Office of Campus Recreation began sponsoring intramural and club sports at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), as well as more informal recreation opportunities and events for students and faculty. One of the earliest events was the Student-Faculty “Scotch” Golf Foursomes, which ran for several semesters in the […]

Rugby first came to the University in 1977 with the establishment of the Men’s Rugby Club. The Women’s Rugby Club was founded in 2002.  The UNCG Men’s and Women’s Rugby Clubs are University sponsored and student led sports clubs.

Basketball was one of the first sports played at the school now known as UNCG. The university, however, did not admit degree-seeking undergraduate male students until Fall 1964, but men’s basketball was played on campus in 1932. President Julius Foust decided that year to allow young men from the Greensboro area to enroll at Woman’s College due to […]

During the 1932-1933 academic year, young men from the Greensboro area were allowed to enroll at Woman’s College (now UNCG) as non-degree seeking undergraduate students. Parents and the young men themselves petitioned for admittance, citing dire financial constraints due to the Great Depression. In total 80 men enrolled at WC that year (48 freshman, 21 sophomores, two juniors, […]

Originally from Burlington, North Carolina, Martin’s family moved to Greensboro and lived near campus in houses on Tate and Spring Garden streets. He attended the university-owned Curry School from grades 4-12. While he was at Curry School, he played on the Men’s Basketball team and set records for most rebounds (25) and points (50) in […]

In 1978, Lynne Agee began her collegiate career at Roanoke College, accepting the head coaching position for the women’s basketball program. In three years at Roanoke, the team achieved a 46-23 record that included an outstanding effort in the 1980-81 season. The Lady Maroons went 21-6, won the Virginia Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women […]

Camping and outdoor recreation have been a staple of UNCG student life since the early 1900s. The student Athletic Association, soon after its founding in 1900, coordinated short hikes around campus. In 1922, a need for longer hikes and more outdoor recreational opportunities led faculty members and students to begin renting cabins around the Greensboro […]