Former Iowa State head coach Earle Bruce and former N.C. State running back Ted Brown to be inducted into the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Hall of Fame.
Long-time volunteers Tom Nicholson and Frank Stiteler named to Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Volunteer Hall of Fame
ATLANTA – Iowa State’s Earle Bruce and NC State’s Ted Brown highlight the 2014 class of inductees into the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Hall of Fame.
Bruce and Brown were honored in an on-field ceremony prior to the 2014 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
“As a Bowl we have been fortunate to host some of college football’s highest-caliber talent and this year’s inductee class is a great example of the best of the best,” said Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl President and CEO Gary Stokan. “Each of these men represents a mantra of determination, character and sportsmanship and deserves to be inducted in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Hall of Fame.”
Earle Bruce, an illustrious coach with a 154-90-2 coaching record with five different universities including Tampa, Iowa State, Ohio State, Northern Iowa and Colorado State, appeared in the 1977 Peach Bowl with the Iowa State Cyclones. During his six seasons at the helm of Iowa State, Bruce led the Cyclones to their second and third bowl berths in program history. In 1979 Bruce was offered the head coaching position at Ohio State, where he led the Buckeyes to eight bowl appearances, four Big Ten Championships (1979, 1981, 1984, and 1986) and earned Big Ten Coach of the Year honors in 1979. Following his run at Ohio State, Bruce coached at Northern Iowa in 1988 and ended his collegiate coaching career at Colorado State from 1989-1992. Bruce was inducted into the Louis Menze Hall of Fame at Iowa State in 1992 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002.
Ted Brown, one of the most distinguished running backs in North Carolina State history, appeared in the Peach Bowl in 1975 and 1977. In the 1975 Peach Bowl, Brown rushed for 159 yards on 21 carries and caught two passes for 19 yards, but State fell 13-10 to West Virginia. Brown and the Wolfpack returned to Atlanta for the 1977 Peach Bowl, where Brown rushed for 114 yards, caught seven passes for 65 yards and scored one touchdown en route to a 24-14 victory over Iowa State. Following an impressive collegiate career, Brown was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round with the 16th pick overall and played for the Vikings from 1979-1986. He was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1995 and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2013.
The two men were both a part of the 1977 Peach Bowl where Brown’s 114-yard rushing day helped lift the Wolfpack over the Cyclones 24-14.
Established in 2002, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Hall of Fame honors former players, coaches and contributors, as well as staff and volunteers, who have had a significant impact on the Bowl. There are currently 40 members, including players such as Mike Singletary, Reggie White and Jim Kelly, and coaches including Bobby Dodd, Vince Dooley and Lou Holtz.
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Volunteer Hall of Fame
Two 40-year volunteers were also be honored for their service.
With a combined 85 years of service to the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Tom Nicholson and Frank Stiteler have seen the Bowl grow from humble beginnings and ascend to the top tier of bowl games and finally to the level of the College Football Playoff.
“Frank and Tom represent the backbone of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl,” Stokan said. “We are fortunate to have an incredible volunteer base that is integral in all that we do. They are a huge part of our success and we would not be in the position we are without their dedication and desire.”
Nicholson, a dedicated member of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl team, has gone above and beyond during his 41 years with the Bowl. He has assisted with everything from ticket sales, in-game operations and hospitality, to helping create the very first Peach Bowl Pep Rally. As an integral part of the evolution and growth of the Bowl, he now serves as Bowl Week Chair, where he helps oversee all Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl events. Nicholson and his wife reside in McDonough, Ga., and is the owner of Nicholson Transfer & Storage.
Stiteler, the former Golden Voice of WSB and the former Voice of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, has volunteered with the Bowl for 44 years. Starting in 1971, and for the next 12 years, Stiteler was the color announcer on the Peach Bowl Radio Network. He also served as a member of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Team Marketing and Selection Committee, travelling across the country to represent the Bowl and scout teams for potential selection. He now serves on the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl’s Board of Advisors, a select group that works to bring together the Atlanta business community to help grow the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. Stiteler and his wife reside in Athens, Ga., where he works in the insurance business.
The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl has long been known as the preeminent hospitality bowl in the country due in large part to its more than 400 dedicated and passionate volunteers. The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Volunteer Hall of Fame was created in 2012 to recognize and celebrate the significant contributions of its volunteer force in a meaningful way.