The CVCC Athletic Department is excited to announce that two of their own will be inducted into the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame. Former Women’s Basketball Head Coach Tommy Edwards and current Women’s Basketball Head Coach Tisha England will be named in a ceremony held tonight at the Tarlton Complex on CVCC’s campus.

Former Women's Basketball Head Coach: Tommy Edwards

Tommy Edwards has been a pillar in the Catawba County women’s basketball community. It is hard to talk to anyone who played women’s basketball in at a Catawba county school in the last 40 years that does not know who Coach Edwards is. Over his basketball coaching career he finished with a 629 wins and only 307 losses. Coach Edwards was the first coach of CVCC Women’s Basketball and during his career was able to record a winning season every year and a 82-30 record and in the last year he took an undefeated Bucs squad, first time Carolinas-Virginia Conference champion and #3 nationally ranked team into the District finals where they had their only loss to the eventual NJCAA national champion. Coach Edwards was honored for this great season being named the Region X Coach of the year by his coaching peers. Coach Edwards was the key cog in building up this program to what it is today and will always be known as the Father of Women’s Basketball at CVCC. Prior to coming to CVCC Coach Edwards coached at Bunker Hill High School where he posted a 418-199 record and was named Conference Coach of the Year six times. He still lives in Conover, NC and has 3 children and 6 grandchildren.

Head Women's Basketball Coach: Tisha England

Tisha England came to CVCC three years ago to assist Coach Edwards, but if you ask him it was Coach England that took the program to the next level. Coach England brought an atmosphere of hard work and determination which she used to achieve a successful and decorated basketball career. Since Coach England joined the coaching staff the team has logged 66 wins and only 23 losses, along with leading the team to an undefeated Bucs squad, first time Carolinas-Virginia Conference champion and #3 nationally ranking. Coach England was a graduate of Newton Conover High School. During her career there she garnered All-American honors, was Gatorade Player of the Year and was the only athlete to have her jersey (32) retired. She was inducted into the inaugural Hall of Fame at Newton Conover high on March 18, 2010. She furthered her education at the University of South Carolina Aiken and graduated with a B.A. in Education. During her time at USC-Aiken, England was a two time All-Conference player and the only USC-Aiken player (male or female) to win PBC Player of the Year honors. She holds the school and conference scoring average record at 20 points per game. Her jersey (32) was the third to be retired in USC-Aiken’s history. On November 30, 2007, England was one of thirteen Hall of Fame inductees to make up the inaugural class at USC-Aiken. Outside of basketball Coach England enjoys learning more about the Lord and spending time with her family.

It is an exciting day for CVCC Athletics and the two individuals being honored for all their accomplishments. While they are both being honored for their successful athletic careers the most important attribute they have is their love of all students and their love of the game of basketball. Not only have both successfully coached great teams and created a program of excellence, but have seen athletes graduate and move on in their college career sending players to colleges such as UNC-Asheville, Montreat College and Brevard College to not only finish their career in basketball but to obtain a 4 year degree. Tonight as the two are honored the past and future of the CVCC Women’s Basketball team will be on display in bright lights and not just the coaches but all of the former student-athletes they have coached will truly be honored.