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Alumni honored by Appalachian’s Alumni Association

Alumniawardsgroup_t.jpgBOONE—Three Appalachian State University graduates have been honored by the university’s alumni association for their contributions to the university and accomplishments in their professions.

The awards were presented April 25 during a banquet at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center on campus.

The Outstanding Service Award was presented to Julia Ross Adams of Boone. The Young Alumnus Award was presented to Bobby Martin of Raleigh. William Dexter Coakley of Dallas, Texas, received the association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Dexter Coakley Julia Adams Bobby Martin.jpgDexter Coakley, left, Julia Adams and Bobby Martin have been honored by Appalachian State University’s Alumni Association. Coakley received the association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award, Adams received the Outstanding Service Award and Martin received the Young Alumnus Award. (photo by Marie Freeman, university photographer)

Julia Ross Adams graduated from Appalachian in 1956. After a 40-year career in Florida as a physical education and health teacher, and health resource teacher, Adams returned to Boone in 1997 and taught health education in Appalachian’s Reich College of Education for nine years.

Adams has been an active university volunteer and alumni leader. She was president of the Appalachian Alumni Association from 2001-02, vice president of the Alumni Association from 2000-01, and the association’s secretary from 1999-2000.

As president of the Alumni Association, she was an ex officio member of Appalachian’s Board of Trustees and the Appalachian State University Foundation.

She has served on the Yosef Advisory Board and the university’s Strategic Planning Commission.

She also has volunteered her time at countless university functions, including homecoming, game day activities, chancellor receptions held across the region, and with Yosef Office and McKinney Alumni Center activities.

Adams regularly assists with Freshman Move-In Day, and is active with the High Country Alumni Chapter.

She is married to Gerald Adams, director of the university’s Yosef Club.

Bobby Martin is a 1992 graduate of Appalachian. He co-founded First Research in 1998. The company synthesizes data into information that a salesperson can use to better understand a prospect’s or client’s business issues.

Since its founding, First Research has evolved from a staff of five people in 1999 to a company of more than 40 today. It is headquartered in Raleigh with satellite offices in Charlotte and Wilmington.

The company has attracted more than 75,000 users, including ADP (Automatic Data Processing Inc.), Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, Microsoft, Sprint and Wachovia.

Martin also has led strategic business development efforts at the company, resulting in relationships with Microsoft, Reuters, Sage Software, Salesforce.com and others.

In March, First Research was acquired by Dun & Bradstreet and now is part of Hoover’s, a Dun & Bradstreet company. Martin maintains his position as president at First Research and is actively involved in the stand-alone product as well as the integrated product with Hoover’s.

Martin and his wife, Gloria, have two children: Jayne Beth and Sanders.

William Dexter Coakley graduated from Appalachian in 1997. He is one of the most decorated players in Appalachian State University football history.

While at Appalachian, Coakley twice won the Buck Buchanan Award given annually to the nation’s top Division I-AA defensive player. He was a critical part of the defense on the 1995 Mountaineer team that finished the season unbeaten and untied. He was also named All-American for three seasons, as well as Southern Conference Player of the Year for two seasons.

The Mt. Pleasant, S.C., native spent eight seasons as a linebacker with the Dallas Cowboys and two seasons with the St. Louis Rams, during which he was selected team captain.

At the end of his first season with the Cowboys, Coakley was the NFL’s leader among all rookies in tackles with a Cowboys rookie record of 136 stops – a total that was third on the Cowboys defensive list.

He was a three-time Pro Bowl choice and a 1999 All-Pro player. While at Dallas, he won the Cowboys Unsung Hero Award, which honors a player whose determination and commitment transcends the playing field.

Coakley and his wife, Nicole, have two children: Trinity and Zahn.

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