Roy Williams to be Honored at the 2017 Nell and John Wooden Leadership in Coaching Awards Dinner Presented by Pepsi at Watergate Hotel

Walt Williams and Danny Ferry to be inducted into the Washington Metropolitan Basketball Hall of Fame while Brian Boland, Steve Turner and Jonathan Scribner are recognized for their 2017 championships and sustained leadership.

Washington, DC (October 4, 2017)—Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, and Bob Geoghan, founder of the McDonald’s All American Games and the Capital Classic, are proud to bring the 2017 Nell and John Wooden Leadership in Coaching Awards Dinner, presented by Pepsi, to The Watergate Hotel on Thursday, October 12 at 6:00pm. In addition to honoring Roy Williams, 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Champion, with the Nell and John Wooden Leadership in Coaching Award, the dinner will serve as the site for welcoming inductees Walt Williams and Danny Ferry into the Washington Metropolitan Basketball Hall of Fame (WMBHOF). This event will also recognize the outstanding accomplishment of Brian Boland, former University of Virginia (UVA) men’s tennis head coach for winning his fourth national championship this past season, as well as, Steve Turner, Gonzaga College High School men’s basketball coach and Jonathan Scribner, St. John’s College High School women’s basketball coach, for both winning the 2017 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) and DC State Athletics Association (DCSAA) Championships.

“It is a privilege to both honor such an exceptional group of coaches whose growing accolades prove their leadership extends beyond the court, as well as induct Walt Williams and Danny Ferry (players who have truly shaped the DC-area sports landscape into what it is today) into the Washington Metropolitan Basketball Hall of Fame,” said Erik A. Moses, senior vice president and managing director of sports, entertainment and special events at Events DC. “Roy Williams, Brian Boland, Steve Turner and Jonathan Scribner are more than coaches to their student-athletes, they are mentors—an invaluable role that they voluntarily assumed.”

Roy Williams will be entering his 15th season as head coach for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels. Williams has achieved great success on the court winning his third NCAA Championship in 2017, appearing in nine Final Fours (five with UNC) and earning eight Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) regular-season titles. Even greater is the impact he makes on the lives of the young men he coaches. Throughout his career at UNC, Williams has coached seven players from the DC-Maryland-Virginia area.

“I have tremendous respect for both Coach Wooden and his beautiful partner in life, Nell. It is an honor beyond any words to receive a leadership award named in their memory,” said Roy Williams, University of North Carolina men’s basketball coach. “They did so much for the game and for young people in and out of basketball. This is a recognition I receive on behalf of my wife, Wanda, as well. She’s been my side for more than 40 years, just like Coach Wooden had Nell!”

The Washington Metropolitan Basketball Hall of Fame (WMBHOF) presented by Hoop Culture, was founded by Bob Geoghan as a means of recognizing the outstanding contributions by players, coaches, broadcasters, referees, and others to the game of basketball in the greater Washington-metro area. Walt ‘Wizard’ Williams, who attended Crossland High in Temple Hills, Md., is credited for resurrecting University of Maryland's basketball program along with head coach and WMBHOF member, Gary Williams. In 1989, Maryland was on the verge of receiving major sanctions from the NCAA, but rather than transfer to another school, Walt Williams remained committed the university’s basketball program. Williams was on the 1992 Associated Press All-American Second Team, averaging a school-record 26.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.1 steals. He scored 20 or more points in 19 straight games and broke WMBHOF member Len Bias' single-season point total record with 776 points. Williams was selected as the seventh pick in the 1992 NBA draft and went on to play 11-seasons in the NBA. His former coach, Gary Williams, will introduce Walt Williams at the dinner.

Danny Ferry, son of WMBHOF member, Bob Ferry, attended DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md., where he played under fellow WMBHOF member, Morgan Wootten. While at DeMatha, Ferry was named a two-time All-American, developed into one of the top centers in the country, and USA TODAY’s National Player of the Year in 1985. Ferry went on to have a prolific college career at Duke (3 Final Fours, school record holder for most points in a game with 58, 1989 first-team All-American), becoming the first player in the ACC to collect more than 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 assists in his career. Ferry was the 2nd overall pick in the 1989 NBA Draft, played in the NBA for 13 years and has worked his way up the ladder of NBA front office personnel. Alongside his father, Bob Ferry, and high school coach, Morgan Wootten, Danny Ferry will be introduced by his longtime agent, David Falk, at the dinner.

Brian Boland, who has twice been named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Coach of the Year (2008 and 2016) and ACC Coach of the Year 10 times, led UVA to three NCAA titles in the last four seasons. The current United States Tennis Association (USTA) Player Development Head of Men’s Tennis amassed a 436-57 (.884) record in his 16 seasons at UVA. Under his leadership, the Cavaliers won 140 consecutive matches against ACC opponents, which spanned a full decade, and is the longest winning streak in conference history in any sport. Additionally, Boland has led UVA to six ITA National Team Indoor Championships, 11 ACC Championships, 13 ACC regular season titles, advanced to the NCAA finals in four consecutive seasons and set the school record for wins in a year. His UVA teams have featured three NCAA singles champions, three NCAA doubles champions, 42 All-Americans, 39 NCAA singles and 17 NCAA doubles participants, 54 All-ACC selections, three ITA National Players of the Year, two ITA National Freshmen of the Year, nine ITA Regional Rookies of the Year, four ACC Freshmen of the Year, 12 ACC Tournament MVPs and three ACC Players of the Year.

Event Details:

The 2017 Nell and John Wooden Leadership in Coaching Award Dinner presented by Pepsi will take place Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at The Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC. Pepsi, The Military Bowl, and Hoop Culture are sponsoring the event. For the first time, the 2017 event will also recognize DC-area high school coaches, Steve Turner, head men’s basketball coach at Gonzaga College High School, and Jonathan Scribner, head women’s’ basketball coach at St. John’s College High School, who demonstrate John Wooden’s “Pyramid of Success” teachings on a routine basis as they develop student-athletes and achieve high levels of success on the court, each winning the 2017 WCAC and DCSAA Championships.

Registration for the dinner is $150. Group discounts are available for a full table of ten. For more information and to attend, visit

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Bob Geoghan has been an instrumental force in the grassroots and collegiate basketball communities for more than 40 years. In 1977, Geoghan created the McDonald’s All American Team, recognizing the best high school basketball players, coaches, broadcasters, referees, and contributors in the country and in 1978, established the McDonald’s All American Boy’s Game, which he expanded in 2003 to include the McDonald’s All American Girl’s Game. A native Washingtonian, Geoghan began organizing high school basketball games in 1971 between Maryland and Virginia public school all-stars. In 1974, Geoghan established the Capital Classic High School All-Star Game—the longest running high school basketball all-star game in the country—featuring the DMV vs the nation. Intimately involved in the local basketball community over the years, Geoghan founded the Washington Metropolitan Basketball Hall of Fame in 1983 to honor the professional and amateur players who call the greater Washington, DC area home. In 2012, to honor the legacy of his close friend and legendary UCLA basketball coach, John Wooden, Geoghan established the Nell and John Wooden Leadership in Coaching Award that recognizes coaches who have demonstrated successful leadership both on and off the court.