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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 David Raymond Sedaris is an American humorist, comedian, author, and radio contributor. He was publicly recognized in 1992 when National Public Radio broadcast his essay "SantaLand ...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 Richard "Rich" Hall is an American comedian, writer and musician.

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

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David Patten is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
David Patten American football player David Patten 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 Carolina. Patten was also a ...more

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Eric Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
Eric Robert Rudolph, also known as the Olympic Park Bomber, is responsible for a series of anti-abortion and anti-gay-motivated bombings across the southern United States between 1996 and 1998, ...more

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Jared Burton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
Baseball player Levi Jared Burton is an American professional baseball pitcher who is currently signed to the Yankees. He has previously played in Major League Baseball for the Cincinnati Reds and Minnesota

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Jarvis Hayes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
Basketball player Jarvis James Hayes is an American-Qatari professional basketball player for Asesoft Ploiești of the Liga Națională. A 6'8", 220 lbs. small forward from the University of Georgia and Western ...more

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Paul Johnson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
American Football coach Paul Johnson is an American football coach. He is currently the head coach at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a position he has held since the 2008 season. Previously, Johnson served as the ...more

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Tony Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
American football player Anthony Edward Jones 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 XXXIII with the Denver ...more

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Willie J. Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
American football player Willie James Williams is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League. He was drafted out of Western Carolina University by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1993 and spent 4 ...more

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Clyde Simmons is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
American football player Clyde Simmons, Jr. is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League who played for the Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cincinnati ...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 Alexander Louis Cooper is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League. He played in the NFL from 1985–1993, mainly for the Kansas City Chiefs. He played college ...more

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Dean Biasucci is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
Actor, American football player Dean Biasucci is a former placekicker in the National Football League who played for the Indianapolis Colts and the St. Louis Rams. He is the second all time leading scorer for the Colts, ...more

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Kevin Martin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
Basketball player Kevin Dallas Martin, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association. Martin played high school ...more

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Andrew Jordan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
Andrew Jordan American football player Andrew Jordan, Jr. is a former professional American football tight end in the National Football League for eight seasons for the Minnesota Vikings, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Tampa Bay ...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 Jimmy Wayne Tolleson is an American former Major League Baseball player. A switch hitter who threw right-handed, Tolleson was listed at 5 ft 9 in tall and 160 pounds during his playing career.

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Terrence Woodyard is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
Terrence Woodyard Basketball player Terrence Arnold Woodyard is an American professional basketball player.

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Andrew C. Brock is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
Consultant Andrew C. Brock is a seventh-term Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the state’s thirty-fourth Senate district, including constituents in Davie, Iredell ...more

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Tiger Greene is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
Tiger Greene George Everett "Tiger" Greene is a former safety in the NFL. He played for the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers. Tiger was very good at blocking punts. Tiger is now a police ...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 John McKissick is the football coach of Summerville High School in Summerville, South Carolina. In 2012, he became the first American football coach in history to win 600 career games. His 600th ...more

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Lance Sigmon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
Lance Sigmon Lawyer 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 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

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Michael H. Tove is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
Michael H. Tove

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James A. Beaty, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
James A. Beaty, Jr. Judge James A. Beaty, Jr. is a Senior United States federal judge serving on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, and a former nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for ...more

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Matt Stillwell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
Matt Stillwell Singer-songwriter Matt Stillwell is an American country music artist. During college, athletics was Matt's priority, not music. At Western Carolina University, he was an All Conference performer on the baseball ...more

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Percy Watson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
Percy Watson Nick McNeil is an American professional wrestler and former professional football player. He is best known for his work in WWE under the ring name Percy Watson.

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Mark Martin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
Mark Martin Mark D. Martin is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina. Gov. Pat McCrory appointed Martin, then the court's senior Associate Justice, to become Chief Justice on Sept. 1, upon ...more

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Geno Segers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting Geno Segers is an American actor known for his roles as Mason Makoola in the Disney XD television series Pair of Kings, Chayton Littlestone on Cinemax's Banshee, Kincaid on MTV's Teen Wolf and ...more

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Greg Holland is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
Gregory Scott Holland is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball.

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Jason Bond is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
Jason Bond Biologist Jason E. Bond is a professor of biology and director of the Biodiversity Learning Center at Auburn University. When he was an associate professor with the Department of Biology at East Carolina ...more

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Rachel Reilly is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Western Carolina University Alumni
Actor Rachel Reilly is an actor.