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Longtime Tarboro coach Brett inducted into NCHSAA HOF

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By TELEGRAM SPORTS STAFF

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The NCHSAA on Tuesday announced its 2018 Hall of Fame class.

Tarboro High’s Jim Brett was among the honorees. With the nod, the longtime coach becomes the first Tarboro member inducted into the Hall of Fame.

The eight-member class is the 32nd in the state’s history. According the the NCHSAA, the honor is awarded to those that “have done the most for high school athletics in North Carolina throughout their careers.”

Brett coached at a number of schools across Eastern North Carolina over his 38-year career, but is known for his coaching chops across multiple sports with the Vikings. Brett coached the Vikings to four track and field state titles. His championships came in pairs, winning it all in 1973 and 1974, then again in 1978 and 1979.

Later he won a championship in 2006 as an assistant track coach with Northern Nash.

Brett also coached Tarboro to its first football championship, a 3-A title in 1984, which began the overhaul of a program that now has five state titles.

The longtime coach also had stops at West Brunswick and West Carteret.

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