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Famous Appalachian State University Alumni

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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Appalachian State University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Appalachian State University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Appalachian State University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Appalachian State University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Appalachian State University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Appalachian State University.

List below includes Franklin Graham, Eric Church and more graduates.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Appalachian State University?” and “Which celebrities are Appalachian State University alumni?”
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Franklin Graham is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Appalachian State University Alumni
Evangelist, Author, Televangelist

Age: 66

Birthplace: USA, Asheville, North Carolina

William Franklin Graham III (born July 14, 1952) is a Christian evangelist and missionary, and political pundit. Graham frequently engages in Christian revival tours and political commentary. He ...more
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Steven M. Greer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Appalachian State University Alumni
Ufologist, Physician

Age: 63

Birthplace: Charlotte, North Carolina

Steven Macon Greer (June 28, 1955) is an American ufologist and retired traumatologist who founded the Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence (CSETI) and the Disclosure Project, ...more
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Daniel Wilcox is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Appalachian State University Alumni
Daniel Wilcox American football player

Age: 38

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia

Daniel Wilcox (born March 23, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia) is a former American football tight end. He has played for the Baltimore Ravens, the New York Jets and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played ...more
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Stephen J. Dubner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Appalachian State University Alumni
Journalist, Author, Writer

Age: 55

Birthplace: Duanesburg, New York, United States of America

Stephen J. Dubner (born August 26, 1963) is an award-winning author, journalist, and podcast and radio host. He is co-author of the popular Freakonomics book series and host of Freakonomics ...more
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Marshall A. Croom is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Appalachian State University Alumni
Certified Public Accountant
Marshall Croom was named senior vice president of merchandising and store support of Lowe's in February 2006. He is responsible for store operations support and merchandising sales and support.
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Caitlin Upton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Appalachian State University Alumni
Fashion Model, Model

Age: 29

Birthplace: Lexington, South Carolina, United States of America

Lauren Caitlin Upton McNeil (born March 27, 1989), also credited as Caite Upton, is an American fashion model and former beauty queen from Lexington, South Carolina.
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Jason Hunter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Appalachian State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 32

Birthplace: Charlotte, North Carolina

Jason Terrell Hunter (born August 28, 1983) is an American football defensive end who is currently a free agent in the National Football League. He was signed by the Green Bay Packers as an ...more
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Linda Combs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Appalachian State University Alumni

Age: 73

Birthplace: Lenoir, North Carolina, United States of America

Linda Morrison Combs (born 1946) is a former U.S. federal government official. She was the Controller of the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President at the White ...more
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Eric Church is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Appalachian State University Alumni
Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter

Age: 41

Birthplace: Granite Falls, North Carolina

Kenneth Eric Church (born May 3, 1977) is an American country music singer-songwriter. He has released six studio albums through Capitol Nashville since 2005. His debut album, 2006's Sinners ...more

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Armanti Edwards is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Appalachian State University Alumni
Athlete, American football player

Age: 27

Birthplace: Greenwood, South Carolina

Armanti Fredrico Edwards, Sr. (born March 8, 1988) is an American gridiron football wide receiver for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was drafted by the Carolina ...more
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Marques Murrell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Appalachian State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 33

Birthplace: Fayetteville, North Carolina

Marques Allen Murrell (born March 20, 1985) is a former American football linebacker. He was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2007. He played college football at ...more
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Charles Frazier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Appalachian State University Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer

Age: 68

Birthplace: Asheville, North Carolina

Charles Frazier (born November 4, 1950) is an American novelist. He won the 1997 National Book Award for Fiction for Cold Mountain.
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Howard Coble is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Appalachian State University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: 87

Birthplace: Greensboro, North Carolina, United States of America

John Howard Coble (March 18, 1931 – November 3, 2015) was a U.S. Representative for North Carolina's 6th congressional district, serving from 1985 to 2015. He was a member of the Republican ...more
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Mike Frier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Appalachian State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 49

Birthplace: Jacksonville, North Carolina

Michael Anthony Frier (born March 20, 1969 - December 31, 2015) was a former American football defensive end/defensive tackle in the National Football League. He played collegiately at ...more
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Björn Nittmo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Appalachian State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 52

Birthplace: Lomma, Sweden

Björn Arne Nittmo (born July 26, 1966, in Lomma, Sweden) is a retired American football placekicker, being the only Swedish-born player ever to complete as much as a full season in the ...more
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John Hollar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Appalachian State University Alumni
John Hollar American football player

Age: Dec. at 75 (1922-1997)

Birthplace: Boone, North Carolina

John Henry Hollar (August 7, 1922 – April 9, 1997) was an American football fullback in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins and the Detroit Lions. He played college football ...more
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John Settle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Appalachian State University Alumni
John Settle Coach, American football player

Age: 53

Birthplace: Reidsville, North Carolina

John R. Settle (born June 2, 1965 in Reidsville, North Carolina), is currently the running backs coach for the Wisconsin Badgers. He is also a former professional American football player. A ...more
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Kevin Richardson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Appalachian State University Alumni
Kevin Richardson American football player

Age: 32

Birthplace: Elizabethtown, North Carolina

Kevin Lamont Richardson (born May 15, 1986) is an American former starting running back for the Appalachian State Mountaineers for the 2005–2007 seasons. He holds school records for the most ...more
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Larry Hand is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Appalachian State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 75

Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey

Lawrence Thomas Hand (born July 10, 1940) is a former American football player. He played 13 seasons as a defensive end and defensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL) for the Detroit ...more
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Mark Royals is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Appalachian State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 53

Birthplace: Hampton, Virginia

Mark Alan Royals (born June 22, 1965) is a former American football punter in the National Football League. He attended Mathews High School. He was the last player from the St. Louis Cardinals ...more
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Matt Stevens is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Appalachian State University Alumni
Matt Stevens American football player

Age: 45

Birthplace: Northville, Michigan

Matthew Brian Stevens (born June 14, 1973) is a former American football safety in the National Football League, who played for five different teams. He played college football at Appalachian ...more
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William W. Hartzog is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Appalachian State University Alumni

Age: 77

William White Hartzog (born September 21, 1941) is a retired United States Army General whose commands during his 35-year career include the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, the ...more
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Alvin Gentry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Appalachian State University Alumni
Coach

Age: 64

Birthplace: Shelby, North Carolina

Alvin Harris Gentry (born November 5, 1954) is an American basketball coach who is head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Gentry was a former ...more
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Dexter Coakley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Appalachian State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 43

Birthplace: Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

William Dexter Coakley (born October 20, 1972) is a former American football linebacker who played ten seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He was a third round draft choice of the ...more
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Dino Hackett is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Appalachian State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 54

Birthplace: Greensboro, North Carolina

Barry Dean "Dino" Hackett (born June 28, 1964) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League who played for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1986 to 1991.