Carolina Day School Honors 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
Carrie Crigler ’99, and Sam Daniels ’01 were inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame Friday, October 13, 2017. Sponsored by the CDS Alumni Association, the Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes members of the Carolina Day School family who have distinguished themselves as outstanding contributors to athletics at CDS or its predecessor schools, demonstrated good sportsmanship and citizenship character, and left a lasting impression of achievement and excellence on the CDS athletic family. This year’s recipients were chosen from a list of over two-dozen former athletes and coaches nominated by both past and present members of the Carolina Day community.
Carrie Crigler ’99
"I am beyond grateful for my athletic experience at Carolina Day School,” said Carrie. “Not only are there cherished memories, but undoubtedly it was a vital component in shaping my personal constitution. The support I received from the coaching staff, teammates, and the entire school community was extraordinary. Carolina Day athletics was a foundation in learning the importance of accountability, humility, and teamwork; paradigms that will last a lifetime."
Sam Daniels ’01
During Sam’s 4-year varsity career, CDS won two NCISAA 2A state championships, multiple CAA conference regular season and tournament titles, holiday invitational titles and the experience of playing Oak Hill Academy, the #1 team in the country, which was filled with high division 1 and future NBA talent. Upon Sam’s graduation from Carolina Day, he went on earn a scholarship and enjoy a successful 4-year career at Wofford College. Sam also played with a nationally known and respected travel team based out of Tennessee. Sam’s head coach at Wofford, Mike Young, said, “Sam was wonderful to coach and added a great deal to our basketball program and college community during his time here. He was a great teammate, respected by everyone who he played with.”
Sam’s former basketball coach, Scott Groce '95, said, “Sam’s impact here went beyond our basketball program – our games became must-see events, drawing not only CDS faculty, staff, students and their families to the gym, but also members of the local community who had no ties to the school, but wanted to see what our team was all about. I felt like our school community was stronger than it had ever been. At that time, scheduling public school opponents was a tough task for us and the other local independent schools. The success that we began to achieve, again, with Sam leading the way, helped to establish relationships with coaches and athletic directors from schools like Asheville High, North Buncombe, AC Reynolds and North Henderson. Sam helped us prove that we belonged in those larger gyms to face the bigger schools. That helped open the door for our other varsity sports, both male and female, to become regular scheduling partners with many of the Buncombe, Henderson, McDowell and Haywood County schools. It was a huge hurdle to clear and continues to benefit Carolina Day School on the fields, courts, tracks and pools today.”
Groce added, “Sam, thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of your journey. Whether you had on a Carolina Day uniform, a Tennessee Travelers uniform or a Wofford uniform, you treated people well and played the game the way it’s supposed to be played.”