Class of 2017

The sport of soccer began in Virginia under the direction of legendary Hall of Fame Coach Bill Shellenberger in 1954 at Lynchburg College.  The first Hornet team of Shellenberger’s finished 2-3.   His overall record at Lynchburg College was 371 wins, 167 losses, and 48 ties.  With 31-consecutive winning campaigns, Shellenberger retired in 1998 as the […]

Although Frank Soden is not a native of Virginia, during his career he became the most versatile and recognizable voice in Virginia sports history. Beginning his radio commentating out of state, Soden went on the air in Richmond in 1948 first at station WXGI and later at Richmond’s WRNL. In addition to serving as WRNL’s […]

Tom Strange got his start in golfing as a caddy in his native city of Cincinnati.  An accomplished amateur in Ohio, Strange was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia from 1951 to 1954, during his time serving with the United States Coast Guard.  In 1958, Elizabeth Manor Country Club in Portsmouth sought out Strange as its Head […]

From the time of his playing days at Randolph-Macon College, where he earned All-State honors, Syd Thrift was always thinking about ways “to do things better.”  After an injury abruptly ended Thrift’s short professional career as a southpaw pitcher and first baseman, it was his visionary innovations to the game that would make him a […]

By the time most kids outgrow full-time running and jumping, Benita Fitzgerald Mosley was setting records doing just that.  In 1979, while competing in Atlanta, Georgia Mosley set the USA National High School Record in the hundred and dash with a time of 10.60 seconds.  That same season (1978-79), she was a member of the […]

Born, raised and educated in Roanoke, Virginia, Bob McLelland worked for the Roanoke Times & World News from 1949 to 1980 filling the shoes of sports writer, sports editor and metro editor. His gifted writing and prize-winning columns earned him legendary status in the sports media profession, but it was his dedicated community involvement and […]

James Driver was a native of Harrisonburg.  He won letters in four sports at William and Mary and at the University of Virginia in football, basketball, baseball and track.  During one year, he was captain of all four teams.  He later coached at William and Mary in basketball and football and served four years as […]

James Driver was a native of Harrisonburg.  He won letters in four sports at William and Mary and at the University of Virginia in football, basketball, baseball and track.  During one year, he was captain of all four teams.  He later coached at William and Mary in basketball and football and served four years as […]

Recognized as one of the greatest athletes to ever play in the Hampton Roads area, Ken Easley was a multiple sport star at Chesapeake’s Oscar Smith High School.  The talented athlete played football at this school from 1973-1977 and was voted All-Southeastern District, All-Tidewater, All-State, All-South and All-American.  He was later named to the All-Tidewater […]

Jennings Culley began his lengthy career in Virginia sports journalism as a determined sixteen-year-old in his hometown of Newport News, Virginia on the staff of the Daily Press. The promising young reporter went on to graduate from Randolph-Macon College and then to serve in World War II. Following the War, Culley spent three years writing […]

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