Class of 2017

J.C. Snead, nephew of the legendary Sam Snead, made his commendable mark in professional golf after giving up a promising baseball career.  This former all-state star in three sports at Bath County High School was in the Washington Senators organization when he decided to switch to golf in 1964.  Within three years he was on […]

Known as one of the greatest linebackers in National Football League history, Lawrence Taylor’s prowess started on the field of Lafayette High School in Williamsburg showing everyone why he was going to be a superstar and why he√ïs still regarded as one of the most dominant players in college and professional football history. Taylor was […]

Bob Thalman has already distinguished himself as an outstanding figure in Virginia sports history. A 47-year sports veteran as a player, coach, and administrator at the high school, college, and professional levels, Thalman dedicated 26 years of his experience to athletics in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Football was his passion and the foundation upon which […]

Johnny Oates is an exemplar of a true dedicated baseball man.  A player, coach, and manager in Major League Baseball for 30 years, Oates’ tenacity for the game shined on and off the field.  Oates, a hard-hitting catcher primarily used for his defensive skills, began his baseball career at Prince George High School (.523 as […]

In the writing world, there is quantityƑthe number of stories a writer can produce every year, and there is qualityƑthe certain degree of excellence in those stories. In modern journalism, it is rare to find a writer who can provide both quantity and quality without compromising one for the other. The Richmond Times-Dispatch was fortunate […]

As a player and a coach, Laura Mapp pushed to place women’s sports as a non-stop force on the Virginia map.  Her excellence in coaching and teaching marks her as one of the most successful and dedicated women in Virginia sports history.  Laura Mapp was an overall athlete.  She played field hockey, basketball, and tennis […]

Terry Holland, the winningest basketball coach in the University of Virginia history, has a name synonymous with excellence.  His coaching and administrative achievements are a testament to his character and dedication to sports.  Holland was an outstanding three-sport high school athlete before attending Davidson, where he was a basketball standout under head coach Lefty Driesell.  […]