Coach John Francis Essic, 93, passed away peacefully on December 6, 2018. He was born May 29, 1925, in Davie County to the late John Frank and Mary Lois McMath Essic. He received his B.S. in Physical Education in 1948 and an M.A. in History in 1950 both from App. St. Teachers College.
Coach Essic taught high school for nine years before coming to Pfeiffer, including North Davidson High School and Welcome High School where he won a basketball state championship in 1952. He played four years of minor league baseball from 1947 to 1949 and 1952. He also spent twenty-six months in the Army Air Force during WWII.
While at Pfeiffer John Francis Essic served as head basketball coach from 1960 to 1969. He is the first Pfeiffer basketball coach to reach 100 wins. He also served as the Pfeiffer head golf coach from 1960 to 1969. His teams won over 65 percent of their matches for nine seasons. His other roles at Pfeiffer include Assistant Professor of Health and Physical Education and Placement Director. In 1969 Coach Essic became Business Manager for the Carolina Cougars of the American Basketball Association. He later moved to Gastonia where he owned and operated Essic Sports Shop for more than 25 Years. In 1963 he organized the Pfeiffer College Falcon Club and in 1996 was inducted into the Pfeiffer Athletic Hall of Fame.
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