Longtime ACC football official,
administrator Bradley Faircloth dies
Faircloth, a Fayetteville native, grew up in Greensboro and played football and basketball at Greensboro Senior High School (now Grimsley) before graduating in 1947. He enrolled at Duke that year and played freshman football for the Blue Devils.
He began officiating as a minor-league umpire in 1953 and became a football official in 1958, calling high school games and working games in the ACC for 17 seasons. Faircloth officiated in more than 200 college football games during his career, including seven bowls.
After retiring from officiating in 1983, Faircloth became the ACC’s supervisor of football officials. He took on additional duties as assistant commissioner one year later and served the league in that capacity until 1998.
“Bradley was a true gentleman who will forever be woven into the history of the Atlantic Coast Conference,” said ACC commissioner John Swofford. “He served this league extremely well as a football official and conference office administrator. My thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family.”
In addition to his work as a football official, Faircloth was chairman of the Greater Greensboro Open golf tournament in 1964 and president of the Greensboro Sports Club in 1970. He received the Outstanding Football Official Award from the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame in 1998 and was inducted into the N.C. High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.
Faircloth had a long career with the J.D. Wilkins Steel Company and retired as controller.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at West Market Street United Methodist Church in Greensboro.