North Carolina's Most Winningest Baseball Coach Turns 100

Coach Joe Ferebee

February 16, 2019 (Misenheimer, N.C.) - Legendary North Carolina baseball coach Joe Ferebee celebrated his 100th birthday among family and friends. Former players led by Pfeiffer University alumnus Bob Gulledge, class of 1968, hosted a birthday celebration at Stanly Manor in Albemarle, North Carolina where coach Joe Ferebee resides.

In honor of his 100th year, Coach Ferebee’s former players have put together a three-part gift to Pfeiffer University. They have commissioned a portrait which will hang in the Merner Gymnasium to honor Coach Ferebee's years of service to the baseball program; they have created the Joe Ferebee Award which will be given annually to the player who best exemplifies Coach’s values; and they are working to create a Legacy Fund that will support Pfeiffer baseball annually.

Throughout his career, Ferebee amassed 677 career wins at Pfeiffer and an additional 694 victories with various American Legion teams, and he coached 42 Pfeiffer baseball players to major league contracts. At 1,438 career victories, Joe Ferebee is North Carolina's most winningest baseball coach. Pfeiffer has named its baseball complex for Coach Ferebee and retired Ferebee's jersey and number 23. In total, Ferebee led the Falcons to ten conference championships, five NAIA District crowns and guided his squad to a number two ranking in the nation in 1968. He has been elected to eight halls of fame, including the being a member of the Inaugural Class of the Pfeiffer Sports Hall of Fame in 1990. 

The Mocksville, N.C., native began his coaching career in 1947 at Salisbury High School after serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II. In 1955, he coached Salisbury to the state 3A championship and also led the Salisbury-Rowan American Legion team to a third-place finish in the national playoffs the same year.

For more information on Coach Joe Ferebee visit the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.