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Famous Western Carolina University Alumni

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

List of famous alumni from Western Carolina University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Western Carolina University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Western Carolina University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Western Carolina 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 Western Carolina University.

List features graduates like Kevin Martin, David Sedaris.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Western Carolina University?” and “Which celebrities are Western Carolina University alumni?”
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David Sedaris is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
Humorist, Comedian, Screenwriter

Age: 62

Birthplace: Broome County, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America, United States, + more

David Raymond Sedaris (; born December 26, 1956) is an American humorist, comedian, author, and radio contributor. He was publicly recognized in 1992 when National Public Radio broadcast his ...more

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Rich Hall is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
Television producer, Musician, Film Producer

Age: 64

Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America

Richard Travis Hall (born June 10, 1954) is an American comedian, writer, and musician, first coming to prominence as a sketch comedian in the 1980s. He wrote and performed for a range of ...more

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Brad Hoover is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
American football player

Age: 39

Birthplace: Thomasville, North Carolina

Bradley R. Hoover (born November 11, 1976) is a former American football fullback. He was signed by the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2000. He played college football at ...more
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David Patten is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
American football player

Age: 41

Birthplace: Hopkins, South Carolina

David Patten (born August 19, 1974) is a former American football wide receiver. He was signed by the Albany Firebirds as a street free agent in 1996. He played college football at Western ...more
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Eric Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni

Age: 52

Birthplace: Merritt Island, Florida

Eric Robert Rudolph (born September 19, 1966), also known as the Olympic Park Bomber, is an American domestic terrorist convicted for a series of anti-abortion and anti-gay-motivated bombings ...more
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Jared Burton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
Baseball player

Age: 37

Birthplace: Westminster, South Carolina

Levi Jared Burton (born June 2, 1981) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball for the Cincinnati Reds and Minnesota Twins.
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Jarvis Hayes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 37

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia

Jarvis James Hayes (born August 9, 1981) is an American-Qatari former professional basketball player. A 6'8" tall small forward from the University of Georgia and Western Carolina ...more
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Paul Johnson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
American Football coach

Age: 61

Birthplace: Newland, North Carolina

Paul Clayton Johnson (born August 20, 1957) is a retired American football coach. He most recently was the head coach at Georgia Tech, a position he held from 2008 until his retirement in ...more
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Tony Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
American football player

Age: 49

Birthplace: Royston, Georgia

Anthony Edward Jones (born May 24, 1966) is a former American football offensive tackle in the National Football League who played from 1988-2000. He started Super Bowl XXXII and Super Bowl ...more
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Willie J. Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
American football player

Age: 48

Birthplace: Columbia, South Carolina

Willie James Williams (born December 26, 1970) is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League and current Head coach for Winston Churchill High School. He was drafted ...more
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Clyde Simmons is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
Clyde Simmons American football player

Age: 51

Birthplace: Lane, South Carolina

Clyde Simmons Jr. (born August 4, 1964) is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League who played for the Philadelphia Eagles (1986–1993), Arizona Cardinals ...more
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Louis Cooper is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
Louis Cooper American football player

Age: 55

Birthplace: Marion, South Carolina

Alexander Louis Cooper (born August 5, 1963 in Marion, South Carolina) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League. He played in the NFL from 1985–1993, mainly for ...more
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Dean Biasucci is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
Actor, American football player

Age: 53

Birthplace: USA, Niagara Falls, New York

Dean Biasucci (born July 25, 1962) is a former placekicker in the National Football League (NFL) who played for the Indianapolis Colts and the St. Louis Rams. Biasucci played college football ...more
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Kevin Martin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 36

Birthplace: Zanesville, Ohio

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Andrew Jordan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
Andrew Jordan American football player

Age: 43

Birthplace: Charlotte, North Carolina

Andrew Jordan, Jr. (born June 21, 1972) is a former professional American football tight end in the National Football League for eight seasons for the Minnesota Vikings, the Philadelphia Eagles, ...more
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Gaither M. Keener Jr. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
Gaither Keener was promoted to senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Lowe's in February 2004. He directs and determines all legal matters pursuant to the company and its ...more
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Wayne Tolleson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
Baseball player

Age: 63

Birthplace: Spartanburg, South Carolina

Jimmy Wayne Tolleson (born November 22, 1955) is an American former professional baseball infielder who played for the Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, and New York Yankees of Major League ...more
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Terrence Woodyard is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
Terrence Woodyard Basketball player

Age: 36

Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Terrence Arnold Woodyard (born December 26, 1982) is an American former professional basketball player.
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Andrew C. Brock is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
Consultant

Age: 44

Birthplace: Davie County, United States of America, United States, with Territories, North Carolina, + more

Andrew C. Brock (born April 9, 1974) served almost eight terms (2003-2017) as a Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the state's thirty-fourth Senate district, ...more
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Tiger Greene is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
Tiger Greene

Age: 57

Birthplace: Hendersonville, North Carolina

George Everett "Tiger" Greene (born February 15, 1962 in Hendersonville, North Carolina) is a former safety in the NFL. He played for the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers. Tiger ...more
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John David Steed is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
John David Steed
David Steed has served since 2001 as senior vice president and general merchandising manager for building products of Lowe's. He is responsible for lumber, millwork, building materials, rough ...more
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John McKissick is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
John McKissick American Football coach

Age: 92

Birthplace: Kingstree, South Carolina

John McKissick (born September 25, 1926) is the former head football coach of Summerville High School in Summerville, South Carolina. In 2012, he became the first American football coach in ...more
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Lance Sigmon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
Lance Sigmon Lawyer

Age: 61

Birthplace: North Carolina

Lance Sigmon is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force and a Civilian Defense Counsel for the United States Armed Forces. He has worked on many key JAG cases, including many ...more
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Todd Raleigh is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
Todd Raleigh Coach

Age: 49

Birthplace: Swanton, Vermont

Todd Raleigh is a collegiate baseball coach who led the Tennessee Volunteers baseball team for the 2008–2011 seasons. Prior to that position, he was the head coach at Western Carolina, his alma ...more
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Michael H. Tove is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
Michael H. Tove