David H. Diamont Stadium dedicated

By John Cate - jcate@mtairynews.com
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper presents the Laurel Wreath Award to former East Surry head football coach David Diamont during Sunday’s dedication ceremony for the David H. Diamont Stadium. The Laurel Wreath Award is given to North Carolinians who have made an outstanding contribution to the state in the area of sports. - John Cate | The News
Dwight Atkins, Mayor of the Town of Pilot Mountain, presents Coach David Diamont with a plaque proclaiming Sunday, Sept. 9 as Coach David H. Diamont Day. - John Cate | The News
This granite memorial will be placed by the entrance of East Surry’s football stadium. The memorial recognizes Coach Diamont and includes one of his favorite sayings. The stadium, which has been called the David H. Diamont Stadium since the start of the season, was officially dedicated as such on Sunday afternoon. - John Cate | The News
This monument will be placed outside the stadium recognizing the dedication of the stadium in Coach Diamont’s honor. - - John Cate | The News
Coach David Diamont and wife Debby hold hands during an emotional part of Sunday’s dedication ceremony. - - John Cate | The News

PILOT MOUNTAIN — Former East Surry football coach and North Carolina State Representative David Diamont was recognized in front of a crowd of hundreds of his former players, assistant coaches, friends and dignitaries on Sunday afternoon, as the Cardinals’ football stadium was officially dedicated as the “David H. Diamont Stadium.”

Coach Diamont, who won 291 games as the head coach at East Surry (1977-89, 1999-2017) and Mount Airy (1991-95), retired early in 2018. The Surry County Board of Education voted last spring to rename the East Surry stadium in his honor. It has been referred to as the “David H. Diamont Stadium” since the season began, and this became official on Sunday.

During the ceremony, Diamont received the prestigious Laurel Wreath Award personally from North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper. Cooper, a longtime friend of Diamont’s from the latter’s time as a Representative in the N.C. House, made the trip from Raleigh to make the presentation. The Laurel Wreath Award is the state’s highest decoration for individuals who make a major contribution to the state in the area of sports.

Diamont also received a framed copy of a proclamation from Pilot Mountain Mayor Dwight Atkins declaring Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 as “Coach David H. Diamont Day” in the town.

His distinguished record not only as a coach, but also as a teacher and a public servant, were recognized by those in attendance. Mamie Stuphin of the Board of Education spoke at length about the literally thousands of students who received scholarships or were otherwise recognized among Diamont’s students, and Cooper talked about how as a member of the House, Diamont promoted public education in North Carolina and was responsible for educational appropriations.

Near the end of the ceremony, a granite monument was unveiled, which featured Diamont’s quote about the stadium that now bears his name: “In this stadium, we bring our community together, and help our children grow into good citizens.”

See Tuesday’s issue of the Mount Airy News for more on the dedication.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper presents the Laurel Wreath Award to former East Surry head football coach David Diamont during Sunday’s dedication ceremony for the David H. Diamont Stadium. The Laurel Wreath Award is given to North Carolinians who have made an outstanding contribution to the state in the area of sports.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_DSC_0425-3.jpgNorth Carolina Governor Roy Cooper presents the Laurel Wreath Award to former East Surry head football coach David Diamont during Sunday’s dedication ceremony for the David H. Diamont Stadium. The Laurel Wreath Award is given to North Carolinians who have made an outstanding contribution to the state in the area of sports. John Cate | The News

Dwight Atkins, Mayor of the Town of Pilot Mountain, presents Coach David Diamont with a plaque proclaiming Sunday, Sept. 9 as Coach David H. Diamont Day.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_DSC_0427-2.jpgDwight Atkins, Mayor of the Town of Pilot Mountain, presents Coach David Diamont with a plaque proclaiming Sunday, Sept. 9 as Coach David H. Diamont Day. John Cate | The News

This granite memorial will be placed by the entrance of East Surry’s football stadium. The memorial recognizes Coach Diamont and includes one of his favorite sayings. The stadium, which has been called the David H. Diamont Stadium since the start of the season, was officially dedicated as such on Sunday afternoon.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_DSC_0436-2.jpgThis granite memorial will be placed by the entrance of East Surry’s football stadium. The memorial recognizes Coach Diamont and includes one of his favorite sayings. The stadium, which has been called the David H. Diamont Stadium since the start of the season, was officially dedicated as such on Sunday afternoon. John Cate | The News

This monument will be placed outside the stadium recognizing the dedication of the stadium in Coach Diamont’s honor.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_DSC_0445-1.jpgThis monument will be placed outside the stadium recognizing the dedication of the stadium in Coach Diamont’s honor. John Cate | The News

Coach David Diamont and wife Debby hold hands during an emotional part of Sunday’s dedication ceremony.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_DSC_0414-1.jpgCoach David Diamont and wife Debby hold hands during an emotional part of Sunday’s dedication ceremony. John Cate | The News
Former East Surry football coach, State Representative honored by Gov. Cooper, many others at stadium dedication

By John Cate

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