Yesterday we posted the stories of four tar heels who at one point coached two different sports teams in North Carolina. Today here are four more in the second part of our look at coaches who have done dual duties.

Bob Fetzer

If that last name sounds familiar, it’s because Fetzer was the namesake of Fetzer Field, the former home of the UNC’s soccer and lacrosse teams, which was recently replaced by Anson Dorrance Field. Fetzer received the honor for a long and prestigious tenure as Carolina Sports Director, but it is not the only position he has held at Chapel Hill.

From 1921 to 25, he and his brother Bill were, in a moment, the assistant coaches of the Carolina football team. During those years they led the team to a 30-12-4 record, but most of all they were responsible for the 1922 team. That season, the UNC shared the Southern Conference championship, which was the first football conference championship in program history.

In addition, Fetzer was a long-time trainer of the athletics program. Fetzer was quite busy during his years at the UNC.

Bill Fetzer

As he could evade, Bob wasn’t the only Fetzer brother with double duty.

Bill was quite a successful co-football coach with his brother, but the former baseball player who only played one major league game also trained UNC on the baseball diamond. As in soccer, Fetzer had five seasons as a Carolina baseball coach, which resulted in her winning percentage of 0.649, including a 19-2 season in 1922.

Before joining UNC, Fetzer actually held the soccer, baseball, and basketball coaching jobs at Davidson, so both brothers had quite a career.

Bill Lange

For a long time he was only the head coach of one UNC team, but he was an assistant to another and is a deviously important figure in Tar Heel’s sports history.

Before the 1939/40 season, Lange was hired as the new coach of the Carolina basketball team. In its first season, he led the team to a 23-3 record and a Southern Conference championship. The next year he led the school to their very first NCAA tournament appearance. Lange spent a good few years before he left to become athletic director elsewhere. Ben Carnevale and Tom Scott followed him for a decent few years before UNC managed to hire a man named Frank McGuire, and the rest is history.

He was also an assistant in the soccer team, mostly under coach Raymold Wolf.

Charles Doak

Our final trainer is a guy with connections all over the triangle.

Yesterday we mentioned Nathaniel Cartmell, the athletics star who was a double coach, including the first men’s basketball coach. Doak was hired in his place after he was forced to leave on allegations of illegally throwing dice with known players. Despite his basketball job and career at UNC, he was more focused on baseball, which was to become the other Carolina sport he directed.

After his time at UCN, Doak was to follow his brother as a basketball coach at Trinity, now known, of course, as Duke. Years after he finished that gig, he became a baseball coach at NC State. The state’s ballpark is now named after him. It’s a wonderfully strange career path that no one will likely ever take again.

There are probably others besides the eight portrayed in the past two days, but it’s fun to look back on how weird college sports used to be.


“University of North Carolina Basketball” by Adam Powell.