I started the Coach4aday blog in 2014 and have done daily posts on one topic for each year. In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and in 2017 it was “Colleges and Universities”.
The one consistent piece of feedback I have received with this blog is the 2015 series on “A Friend of a Friend”. Readers and blog followers said please bring it back. The stats also back that up with the number of views each of those posts received.
So in 2018 two things will happen with the Coach4aday blog; One I plan to collaborate with a friend named John Rancke and revisit some of those 2015 “A Friend of a Friend” posts and do some new ones with a slightly different twist. I write on the odd numbered days each month and John will do the even numbered days.
In addition John and I will write about things we both are interested which will include basketball, food, people, music, our granddaughters, and great stories.
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January 20, 2018 Whatever happened to Fred Lind?
Post by John Rancke
Fred Lind, class of ’69, never earned All-America or all-conference honors during his career as a Duke basketball player, but he ranks as a legendary figure all the same. His performance in the 1968 Duke-North Carolina game in Durham could not have been any more inspirational or dramatic had it been scripted by a Hollywood screenplay.
1967-68 Duke Basketball
As has frequently been the case over the years, the regular-season finale at Duke Indoor Stadium matched a pair of top 10 national powers. The Blue Devils were led by senior center Mike Lewis, while the Tar Heels featured Charlie Scott, Larry Miller and a cast of standouts on the verge of taking Dean Smith to his second Final Four. But on this afternoon, Lind upstaged everyone.
The 6-foot-8 junior forward had not seen much action that year, with only 12 points to his credit. The year before he’d appeared in just six games. He hadn’t played in any game against North Carolina since dropping 20 points on the UNC junior varsity team his freshman year. But in the days leading up to this contest, coach Vic Bubas had warned Lind to be ready. He anticipated a physical contest inside and worried that Lewis, his starter, might pick up some fouls while guarding the Tar Heel posts man-to-man.
He played 31 minutes, scored 16 points, grabbed nine rebounds and sparked an 87-86 triple-overtime victory in a contest many regard as the most exciting Duke-UNC game ever played at the Indoor Stadium. At the end of regulation he hit a pair of foul shots that tied the game and forced the first overtime. In the first extra period he knocked down an 18-footer with seven seconds left to force the second OT. In the second overtime he came up with several key rebounds and in the third OT he hit a hook shot, blocked a Tar Heel shot and grabbed a critical rebound.
A few years later Lind talked to a Carolina fan who was there, and he said after watching the warmups and seeing the looks on our faces, he could tell they were in trouble.
Fred Lind decided he wanted to become a public defender while working an internship during his final year of law school at DePaul. Soon after graduation, he was hired as an assistant public defender in Guilford County. He’s been there ever since. In fact, Lind got the word that he’d been hired while working The Carolina Basketball Camp.
Lind worked in Guilford County office as an assistant Public Defender from 1974 until 2012 when he was sworn in as Guilford County’s Public Defender.
“A lot of people remember it and talk about it,” he said. “It was fun and a source of pride, but when you are 30 years out of school, sometimes you want to be identified more with what you are doing now. Sometimes it’s a little embarrassing, almost like condemnation with faint praise. You score 12 points the whole year and then score 16 in one game. It’s good for you but might have been average for somebody else.” But inspirational nonetheless.
In 2012 Lind was honored by Elon Law with their Leadership in Law Award.
One of his daughters, Caroline Lind won Gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics in the Women’s Eight rowing. She graduated from Princeton in 2006.
I remember these Carolina vs Duke games like they were yesterday. The name Fred Lind will always be in my mind. His performance just shows that you have to be prepared and ready because you never know when your time to step into the spotlight and win the game or business deal
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