Class of 2017

Dawn Staley of Philadelphia came to the University of Virginia women’s basketball program in 1989. That year, she won the ACC Rookie of the Year Award, and over the next four years, racked up three Kodak All-American honors, two National Player of the Year awards, the Honda-Broderick Cup (1991), and three Final Four appearances. Staley […]

Kelli James Precourt of Medford, New Jersey, was a field hockey sensation at Old Dominion University. Playing striker, James led the Monarchs to three NCAA national championships (1988-90-92). She was a two-time All-American, and was also given the coveted Honda-Broderick Award in 1992, which honors the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year. That year, James […]

Bob Rathbun was born in Wakefield, Rhode Island, and graduated from Catawba College in 1976. Rathbun began his career at WSTP radio in Salisbury, North Carolina, and then did baseball broadcast work for several teams, including two Virginia minor-league baseball teams, the Tidewater Tides (1980-85 and 1990-91) and the Richmond Braves (1996). Annually, Bob broadcasts […]

Jerome Kersey was raised in Clarksville, and attended Longwood College (now Longwood University), where he was a record-setting basketball forward and two-time Division II All-American. In 1984, Kersey was selected in the second round of the NBA draft by the Portland Trailblazers. He went on to spend 11 years with the team, finishing second in […]

Ricky Hunley was born and raised in Petersburg. He attended the University of Arizona, where he was a two-time All-American linebacker. In 1983, Hunley was also named the PAC 10 Player of the Year. His playing career at Arizona earned him induction into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997. Hunley played in the […]

Betty Jaynes, a native of Covington, Georgia, came to Madison College (now James Madison University) in 1968 as an assistant professor of physical education.  She served as the head women’s basketball coach from 1970 to 1982, amassing a notable 142-114 record.  But Jaynes is best known for her contributions as an administrator.  She founded the […]

John Hilton was a three-sport star at Hermitage High School, Richmond. Hilton attended Fork Union Military Academy, and then the University of Richmond, where he played football under Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductee Ed Merrick and was selected to the All-State team three times (1961-62-64). After college, Hilton enjoyed a nine-year NFL playing career. […]