Class of 2017

Glenn Roberts revolutionized the game of basketball at Emory & Henry College during the 1930’s.  He is credited as the first player to use the present day jump shot, utilizing his 6’4” height and playing skills to shoot while hanging mid-air, demolishing the competition.  In his four years at the small Methodist College, Roberts scored […]

William H. Lewis was born in Norfolk in 1868.  He first played football as a center at Amherst College where he was captain of the team.  In 1892, Lewis entered Harvard Law School and under the eligibility rules at that time, was able to continue playing football.  Walter Camp, originator of the All-American selections, named […]

Ed Merrick, both as a player and coach, became a legend at the University of Richmond. He entered Richmond as a freshman in 1936 and started off playing football, basketball and baseball. He was named All-State in football in 1938-1939 and voted the outstanding tackle in 1938-39-40. Merrick was named to the All-Southern team three […]

A native of Norfolk, Virginia Eugene “Buck” Mayer was a 1916 graduate of the University of Virginia with a law degree. He played at Virginia during his undergraduate days as a halfback in football. Buck was recognized throughout the South and later the East as the “South’s First All-American” and was chosen to the 1915 […]

Billy Martin, Sr. was a native of South Creek in Beaufort, North Carolina. Martin led Granby High School to 21 State Wrestling Championships. He compiled a dual match record of 259 wins and 9 losses, which included a 76 match-winning streak, the longest in Virginia history. Out of the nine losses Granby suffered under Martin, […]

Mac McEver, for half a century, was known as “Coach Mac” to the legions of Tech fans across Virginia.  Even in his early 70’s Coach Mac was as active as he was nearly fifty years before when he joined the VPI Gobblers as an assistant football coach. He played football, basketball, and baseball for Virginia […]