Class of 2017

Barry Parkhill was appointed the associate director of athletics for development in 1998. He previously served dual roles as director of alumni development for the UVa Alumni Association and director of capital projects for athletics. Before that, he spent three years as associate director of regional development in UVa’s Office of Development. Parkhill’s first association […]

Dick Price, a Norfolk native, graduated from Hampton Institute (now University) in 1957 and has been a coaching and administrative staple in the Norfolk area ever since, simultaneously emerging as a pillar of his community.  His road to respect and success began with high school coaching at Union-Kempsville in Virginia Beach and Booker T. Washington […]

Dick Price, a Norfolk native, graduated from Hampton Institute (now University) in 1957 and has been a coaching and administrative staple in the Norfolk area ever since, simultaneously emerging as a pillar of his community.  His road to respect and success began with high school coaching at Union-Kempsville in Virginia Beach and Booker T. Washington […]

Warren Rutledge graduated from the College of William & Mary where he was an All-State baseball pitcher.  He eventually served in the Army and won 26 consecutive games at Fort Lee.   Upon completion of his military duty, Rutledge earned a spot with the New York Yankees’ Triple-A team, the Richmond Virginians of the International League.  […]

From out of the North he came.  That one index finger typing away at an unbelievable pace and producing crisp, passionate words.  We honor George McClelland, the Bowdoin College-educated wordsmith from Teaneck, N.J.  His lyrical prose and love of statistics made him a staple of the Virginian-Pilot sports department for 32 years. Some called him […]

From the very beginning of the romance between microphone and Frank Messer, there was, appropriately enough, a Marine-like precision in the way his sonorous tones came over the airways.  The tall North Carolinian, who served the Marine Corps from 1942-1945, including 18 months in the South pacific, first came to Virginia in 1954.  That was […]

From 1957 through 1962, Mary Patton Janssen was the state’s top female golfer.  Short-lived as her reign was, it remains without peer today.  A native Pennsylvanian, Janssen has resided in Charlottesville since she was 15 but didn’t begin playing golf until she was 21.  She chose to enjoy fox hunting until her favorite horse was […]

Yogi Hightower Boothe attended Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach where she emerged as a multi-sport star excelling in basketball and as a member of the United States Junior Olympic swimming team. Hightower-Boothe was then recruited to Old Dominion University where her love for running helped her rise to unexcelled heights in field hockey. Her […]