The Irvin Legacy (continued)
(North Carolina A&T basketball began its legacy under Cal Irvin and saw continued growth with Don Corbett at the helm.)
Cal spent 18 of his 35 years at A&T as the Aggies Head Coach and started a winning tradition. They never experienced a losing season while compiling a 401-143 record. He won five CIAA championships and the first MEAC championship in 1970.
The Aggies captured the CIAA Tournament in1958 and again in 1959, ’62, ’64 and ’67.
In 1958-59 season, the Aggies became the first black college to earn a bid to the NCAA Small College Final Four Division Tournament. They advanced to the Final Four and finished third in the country. They repeated in 1964.
In 1971, N.C. A&T became NAIA district 26 champions and placed third in the championship game in Kansas City, MO.
Cal authored three important publications on basketball techniques: “Developing a Low Post Offense,” “A Pressing Defense,” “Our Basketball,” and “The Value of a Low Post Offense.”
After his coaching career, he served as athletic director for seven years and chaired the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. After his retirement, he served as a scout for the NBA Charlotte Hornets and later as a scout for college officials for the NFL.
He is inducted into several Hall of Fames: N.C. A&T, MEAC, CIAA, Johnson C. Smith University, Morgan State University and New Jersey.
Cal received numerous honors and awards which include: the North Carolina Hall of Fame, Guilford County Hall of Fame, Guilford Wall of Fame and National Association of College Athletic Directors Hall of Fame.
A scholarship was established in his honor by the Greensboro community for his dedicated services as a teacher, coach, athletic director and outstanding citizen.
Cal was honored again in 2006 when N.C. A&T dedicated the Aggie Basketball Court in his honor.
His professional and civic involvements include: North Carolina Hall of Fame Board of Directors, North Carolina Coaches Association and the National Collegiate Athletic Association of Basketball Coaches.
He was treasurer of the Tourist and Convention Bureau, the Greensboro Coliseum Commission, Greensboro Sports Council, Parks & Recreation, Human Relations Committee, Hayes Taylor YMCA Board, president of Trinity AME Zion Church Men’s Fellowship Forum, member of the Board of United Way, life member of the NAACP, a member of the Sigma Pi Phi fraternity and Omega Psi Phi fraternity.