N.C.Central legend Heartley dies at 79

Updated: July 1, 2014

By NCCU Media Relations:

NORTH CAROLINA — Harvey Heartley, Sr., a two-time graduate of North Carolina  Central University and member of its Athletics Hall of Fame, passed away on Monday, June 23 at the age of 79. pal

A native of Clayton, N.C., Heartley attended NCCU (then known as North Carolina College) from 1951-55, playing four seasons of basketball under legendary coaches John B. McLendon and Floyd Brown during his standout career.
He garnered All-CIAA and honorable mention All-America recognition during his junior and senior campaigns, both CIAA Visitation Championship seasons. He also served as co-captain on the team in 1955.
Heartley earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physical education and education administration from NCCU in 1955 and 1965, respectively, going on to a successful career as a coach and athletics administrator.
Much of that success was achieved at nearby Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh,  N.C. Following 16 years as a high school coach, Heartley joined St. Augustine’s in May of 1971. As Director of Athletics, he built the program from three sports to 13 during his tenure.
As men’s basketball head coach for 23 seasons, he guided the Falcons to a school record 371 victories and a national runner-up finish in the 1984 NCAA Division II tournament.
Among his honors are numerous high school and CIAA Coach of the Year awards, along with multiple CIAA Athletic Director of the Year citations.
Heartley was inducted into the NCCU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986, and has been inducted into a host of other Halls of Fame, including at Saint Augustine’s University and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
The funeral will be Friday, June 27, at First Baptist Church (101 South Wilmington Street in Raleigh,  N.C.) at noon. The viewing will be at 11 a.m. The funeral home in charge is Barnes Funeral Home (325 Camel Street in Clayton,  N.C.).

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