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Famous Appalachian State University Alumni

Updated January 20, 2021 35.7k views56 items

List RulesPeople 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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  • 1
    Evangelist, Author

    Age69

    BirthplaceAsheville, North Carolina, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 is...  more
  • 2
    Ufologist, Physician

    Age66

    BirthplaceCharlotte, North Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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, which...  more
  • 3
    American football player

    Age44

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 in...  more
  • 4
    Journalist, Author

    Age58

    BirthplaceDuanesburg, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited 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 Radio,...  more
  • 5
    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....  more
  • 6
    Fashion Model, Model

    Age32

    BirthplaceLexington, South Carolina, United States of America

    NationalityUnited 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....  more
  • 7
    American football player

    Age38

    BirthplaceCharlotte, North Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 undrafted...  more
  • 8
    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
  • 9
    Guitarist, Musician

    Age44

    BirthplaceGranite Falls, North Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 Like Me,...  more

    The Best Eric Church Songs#893 of 1,681 The Best Rock Bands Of All Time#114 of 297 The Top Country Artists of All Time

  • 10
    Athlete, American football player

    Age33

    BirthplaceGreenwood, South Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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
  • 11
    American football player

    Age36

    BirthplaceFayetteville, North Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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
  • 12
    Novelist, Author

    Age70

    BirthplaceAsheville, North Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Charles Frazier (born November 4, 1950) is an American novelist. He won the 1997 National Book Award for Fiction for Cold Mountain....  more
  • 13
    Politician, Lawyer

    Age90

    BirthplaceGreensboro, North Carolina, United States of America

    NationalityUnited 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 Party....  more
  • 14
    American football player

    Age52

    BirthplaceJacksonville, North Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 Appalachian...  more
  • 15
    American football player

    Age55

    BirthplaceLomma, Sweden

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 National...  more
  • 16
    American football player

    AgeDec. at 74 (1922-1997)

    BirthplaceBoone, North Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 at...  more
  • 17
    Coach, American football player

    Age56

    BirthplaceReidsville, North Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 5'9",...  more
  • 18
    American football player

    Age35

    BirthplaceElizabethtown, North Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 career...  more
  • 19
    American football player

    Age81

    BirthplacePaterson, New Jersey

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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
  • 20
    American football player

    Age56

    BirthplaceHampton, Virginia

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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
  • 21
    American football player

    Age48

    BirthplaceNorthville, Michigan

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 State...  more
  • 22
    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 1st...  more
  • 23

    Age66

    BirthplaceShelby, North Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 college...  more
  • 24
    American football player

    Age49

    BirthplaceMount 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 Dallas...  more
  • 25
    American football player

    Age57

    BirthplaceGreensboro, North Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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....  more