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Famous Western Carolina University Alumni

Updated June 14, 2019 13.6k views33 items

List RulesPeople 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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    Humorist, Comedian

    Age64

    BirthplaceBinghamton, New York, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 essay...  more

    The Best David Sedaris Books#373 of 391 The 100+ Funniest People Of All Time#186 of 345 The Greatest American Writers of All Time

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    Television producer, Musician

    Age67

    BirthplaceVirginia, United States of America

    NationalityUnited 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 American...  more

    #262 of 279 American Stand-Up Comedians: The Best Comics In the USA#24 of 48 The Best SNL Cast Members of the '80s#13 of 15 The Best Stand-Up Bits About Gun Control

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    American football player

    Age44

    BirthplaceThomasville, North Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 Western...  more
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    American football player

    Age47

    BirthplaceHopkins, South Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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

    #61 of 245 The Best New England Patriots Of All Time#49 of 50 The Best NFL Players From South Carolina#12 of 56 The Best New England Patriots Wide Receivers of All Time

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    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 across...  more
  • 6
    Baseball player

    Age40

    BirthplaceWestminster, 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....  more
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    Basketball player

    Age40

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 University, Hayes...  more
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    American Football coach

    Age64

    BirthplaceNewland, North Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 2018.Prior...  more
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    American football player

    Age55

    BirthplaceRoyston, Georgia

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Anthony Edward Jones (born May 24, 1966 - January 22, 2021) was a former American football offensive tackle in the National Football League who played from 1988-2000. He started and won Super Bowl...  more
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    American football player

    Age50

    BirthplaceColumbia, South Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 out of...  more
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    American football player

    Age57

    BirthplaceLane, South Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 (1994–1995),...  more
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    American football player

    Age58

    BirthplaceMarion, 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 the...  more
  • 13
    Actor, American football player

    Age59

    BirthplaceNiagara Falls, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 for the...  more
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    Basketball player

    Age38

    BirthplaceZanesville, Ohio

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Kevin Dallas Martin Jr. (born February 1, 1983) is an American retired professional basketball player who played 12 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball...  more
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    American football player

    Age49

    BirthplaceCharlotte, North Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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, and...  more
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    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
  • 17
    Baseball player

    Age65

    BirthplaceSpartanburg, 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 Baseball...  more
  • 18
    Basketball player

    Age38

    BirthplaceMadrid, Spain

    NationalityUnited States of America, United Kingdom

    Terrence Arnold Woodyard (born December 26, 1982) is an American former professional basketball player....  more
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    Consultant

    Age47

    BirthplaceNorth Carolina, United States of America

    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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    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 was very good at...  more
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    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...
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    American Football coach

    Age95

    BirthplaceKingstree, South Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 history...  more
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    Age63

    BirthplaceNorth 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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    Age52

    BirthplaceSwanton, 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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