Class of 2017

Paul Rice of Roanoke, Virginia graduated from Roanoke College in 1939 where he played basketball and was a member of the “Five Smart Boys” that assisted the team in winning consecutive state titles in the late 1930’s.  Playing in the finals of the National Intercollegiate Tournament at Kansas City, Rice was the leading scorer and […]

Although plagued by injuries throughout his career, Roach compiled an impressive record of athletic accomplishments spanning high school, college and professional play. A native of Richmond, he starred in football, baseball and basketball at John Marshall High School. From 1947-51, Roach captained all three teams. He was an All-City forward in basketball, All-Southern quarterback, and […]

A lanky country boy from Covington, Virginia turned his ability to hit a baseball a country mile into a more than 40-year association with the game of professional baseball. Jim Lemon started his professional career in 1948 following his graduation from Covington High school. He ended his Major League career in 1963, playing for the […]

Thad Madden was born in Culpepper County, Virginia in 1916, where he participated in track because his high school did not have a football coach. Track was his only competitive sport at Virginia State, however he picked up the rudiments of coaching three sports, including football, track, and basketball. Following his graduation from Virginia State […]

Thompson Mann was born in Hickory, Virginia in 1943. He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame at Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1984, for his career feats in winning a Gold Medal at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo. He held two world records in the 100-meter backstroke and the medley relay. He held […]

Fanny Crenshaw was born in Richmond, Virginia and is a graduate of Bryn Mawr and Columbia University, where she received her BS and MS degrees.  She organized the first Department of Physical Education in her first year (1941) at Westhampton College, where she was a teacher and coach for 41 years.  She coached hockey, basketball, […]