Greensboro, N.C. (9/28/06) -- Guilford College will dedicate a new press box and rename the game field at its Armfield Athletic Center this Saturday. The ceremonies take place at halftime of the Quakers' Homecoming football game with neighboring Greensboro College, which is also the 10th rendition of the annual Gate City Soup Bowl matchup.
Admission to the annual contest between Greensboro's two NCAA Division III football-playing schools is $5, $3 for non-Guilford College students with identification. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. Children under 12, Guilford students, faculty and staff are admitted free. Fans who bring a nonperishable food item to the game also receive free entry to the game. Proceeds benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina.
A three-story press box, which was completed in August, will be dedicated in honor of Edward M. Armfield, Sr. Mr. Armfield is the son of William J. Armfield, II, a member of Guilford College's first football team, and one of three members of the family for whom Guilford's football and lacrosse home is named. Edward Armfield's foundation provided a substantial gift towards the $1.15-million renovation project that included a new scoreboard, 176 permanent seats, rest rooms and other aesthetic upgrades to the facility. The Asheboro, N.C. native was a standout football player for Davidson College before spending most of his adult life in Greensboro as the founder and owner of Armtex, Inc. He served on Guilford's Board of Visitors from 1968-75, and was inducted into Davidson's Athletics Hall of Fame in 1992.
"Guilford College is very grateful to the Edward M. Armfield Sr. Foundation for its generous leadership gift to upgrade our athletic facilities," said President Kent Chabotar. "The college looks forward to living up to its rich athletic history starting with these improvements to our stadium."
"Ed would have been pleased to make these improvements to the athletic center that carries his family's name," said Adair Phifer Armfield, Ed Armfield's widow and chair of the Armfield Foundation. "His own love for athletics came from a father who had a lifelong passion for athletics that was encouraged at Guilford College."
The Armfield Athletic Center's game field will be renamed in honor of Dr. Herbert T. Appenzeller, who worked with the Armfield family 45 years ago to build the athletic complex. In his nearly 40 years at Guilford, Appenzeller's work as a professor and administrator produced many scholars, athletes and leaders in their fields. Guilford's Jefferson-Pilot professor of sport studies emeritus, he holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Wake Forest University and a doctorate in education administration from Duke University. He came to Guilford in 1956 following eight years as a coach, teacher and director of athletics at Rolesville (N.C.) High School, Wakelon (N.C.) High School and Chowan College.
During his time on campus, Appenzeller served as a professor, coach, dean of students and, for 31 years, as the Quakers' athletic director. His accomplishments as an administrator are a matter of record; during his tenure, Guilford captured national titles in men's basketball (1973) and women's tennis (1981), and it was his vision that provided the impetus for the college to create one of the nation's first majors in sport management in the early 1980s. At the time, there were roughly 20 such programs across the nation, and Guilford's was one of the first anywhere with a focus at the undergraduate level.
A nationally respected consultant in the fields of sports law and risk management, Appenzeller has conducted reviews and made presentations for hundreds of colleges, universities and other organizations nationwide. He is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors Hall of Fame, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame and the Guilford College Athletics Hall of Fame.
Appenzeller and his wife, Ann, live in Summerfield, N.C. Their granddaughter, Elizabeth Appenzeller, graduated from Guilford and is a cheerleaders coach for Greensboro College.
Greensboro's only Division III football teams meet for the 10th consecutive season in this year's Soup Bowl. The Pride holds a 5-4 edge in the series, which dates to 1997, Greensboro's first football campaign. Greensboro President Dr. Craven Williams developed the idea of calling the Guilford-Greensboro football game the Gate City Soup Bowl and conducting a canned-good drive concurrent to the contest to benefit the Greensboro community.
The Soup Bowl winner receives a soup bowl trophy, which has spent four of the past six years at Greensboro College. The Quakers won last year's meeting, 36-35, in a game that saw Guilford rally from a 35-24 fourth-quarter deficit. Josh Vogelbach threw for 395 yards and five touchdowns in the win. Guilford's Chris Barnette, Micah Rushing and Joe Joyner all had over 100 receiving yards in the game. Greensboro College quarterback Justin Roberson passed for 333 yards and four touchdowns for the Pride.
Guilford College Athletic Director Marion Kirby coached Greensboro in its first five Soup Bowls and led the Pride to three victories.