McDougald-McLendon Arena

McDougald-McLendon Arena

Home of NCCU Basketball and Volleyball

McDougald-McLendon Arena
Home of the NCCU Basketball and Volleyball Teams
Capacity: 3,116 (seating); 3,500 (total)
Opened in 1950 - New Flooring System in October 2015 / New Video Scoreboard in December 2015

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The McDougald-McLendon Arena was named to honor alumnus and civic leader Richard L. McDougald, and former basketball coach John B. McLendon.

McDougald was born in 1896 in Whiteville, North Carolina. On December 26, 1919, he married Mattie L. Moore, daughter of North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance founder and National Religious Training School and Chautauqua incorporator, Dr. Aaron M. Moore. They had two children, Virginia and Aaron. His second marriage was to Dorothy Everette. They had one child, Dorothy.

McDougald was educated in the public schools of New York and North Carolina College for Negroes. He served in the United States Air Force during World War I. At the time of his death, he was executive vice president of Mechanics and Farmers Bank; president of Mutual Building and Loan Association, which he helped to organize in 1921; treasurer of Union Insurance and Realty Company; and a director of Bankers Fire Insurance Company Sothern Fidelity Mutual Insurance Company and Regal Holding Company, Incorporated.

McDougald was a member of White Rock Baptist Church where he served on the Trustee Board from 1922 to 1944; the American Legion; National Negro Bankers Association; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity; and Bull City Lodge No. 317, I.B.P.O. E. of the World.

Coach John B. McLendon, born in 1915, was a professor, chairman of the Department of Physical Education, and basketball coach. He was one of the founders of the CIAA and, in 1941, led North Carolina College (now NCCU) to win the CIAA Visitation Championship for the first time. He was the first coach to win three consecutive national titles (NAIA 1957, 1958, and 1959 with Tennessee State). He was NAIA Coach of the Year in 1958 and the acknowledged leader in the emergence of black colleges into the various national athletic programs. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on April 30, 1979 and the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.
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