When Nyleeche Green-McRae competed in sports growing up, her father, Lawrence, always told her to look at things from a positive perspective.
As an elementary school principal, she still uses those life lessons.
“My dad, no matter what it is, is referencing to sports,” she said. “Everything is about attitude. You go out not trying to lose. You go out to win. When you go out to win, you’re going out there with confidence.”
Today, the pair of positive thinkers will enter the Paine College Hall of Fame. The father-daughter combination, along with Larrie Lovett, will be inducted in an 8 a.m. ceremony at the school’s Candler Memorial Library.
“I’m honored,” she said, “but I’m even more honored because I get to share this with him.”
The elder Green was born in Greenville, S.C., and later moved to Anderson, S.C. He graduated from Westside High School (Anderson) with three track and field records and enrolled at Paine in 1964, because his uncle lived in North Augusta and he could live there and attend classes.
Green earned letters in track and field and basketball, graduating with a degree in natural sciences. He went to work for the Dow Badishe Fibers Division, retiring in 2003 as a senior research technologist in microscopy.
Nyleeche emerged as an all-star athlete in cross country, volleyball, basketball and track and field at Westside. She was a competitor on the national level in track and field, and she still holds her high school’s high jump record. She ultimately decided to attend her father’s alma mater, where she could play more than one sport.
Green-McRae, who has two sons and serves as principal of Diamond Lakes Elementary School, competed in track and field for Paine, but she soon made her mark in other sports. She earned Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors in volleyball in 1990. One year later, she was named to the SIAC all-tournament team. She also played basketball.
Lovett played basketball, football and ran track for Paine, graduating in 1956 with a sociology degree. He went on to serve as the student activity director at Miles College and later worked as an epidemiologist manager for the Cook County Department of Public Health in Chicago. He and his wife, Julia, had six children.