Roy Williams, Head Coach of the North Carolina Tarheels Men's Basketball Team - was born in Marion (just outside of Asheville) and raised in Asheville. He graduated from TC Roberson High and played at UNC Chapel Hill. Williams' first coaching job was at Charles D Owen High in Black Mountain, NC. Williams is now one of the most successful coaches in college basketball history.
George R. Greene, the first African American judge elected in Wake County, NC, passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2013. A native of Nashville, NC, Greene graduated from Shaw University (the oldest HBCU) in Raleigh, NC and UNC Chapel Hill's School of Law. During the civil rights movement, he represented Shaw & St. Aug students for free when they held sit-ins to protest segregation in local business.