Class of 2017

Helmut Werner, born in Ukraine, Russia, graduated from Lynchburg College in 1961. During his collegiate soccer career, he was named All-State and Regional All-American from 1957-60 and All-American in 1960. He also led the U.S. in goals and assists in 1959. Werner was in the first class to be inducted into his alma mater√ïs Athletic […]

Herman Moore, born in Danville, VA, played football in high school, mostly as a kicker as well as tight end. He attended the University of Virginia where he was a 2 sport athlete, football and track and field. He ranks 2nd all-time in career receptions and holds the school record in the high jump. He […]

Alonzo Mourning was born in Chesapeake, VA and graduated from Indian River High School. As a senior, he was named Player of the Year by USA TODAY, Parade, Gatorade, and Naismith. Mourning attended Georgetown University where he led the nation in blocked shots his freshman year and was an All-American his last year there. He […]

Larry Peccatiello, a 1957 graduate of William and Mary, was named All-American his senior year. As a senior captain, he was named All-Southern Conference, All-Big Six and Honorable Mention All-American. He also received the Tucker L Jones Award for Excellence in Academics and Athletics as a senior. He was inducted into the William and Mary […]

Dave Robbins, native of North Carolina and a graduate of Catawba College, is the winningest College Basketball Coach in Virginia history. Before becoming a collegiate head coach, he led his team at Thomas Jefferson High School to a Virginia State Championship. Robbins began coaching collegiate basketball in 1978 and for over a quarter of a […]

Whitney Hedgepeth, born and raised in Colonial Heights, VA, was an All-American swimmer at the University of Texas. She is a 27-time All-American and 3-time NCAA Champion. Hedgepeth is a seven time USA Swimming National Champion in seven different events. She held the American record in the 200 yard backstroke for 11 years and earned […]

Jim Dombrowski, born in Williamsville, New York, is known as one of the finest student-athletes in the history of the University of Virginia where he graduated in 1986. Dombrowski was the recipient of the NCAA Today’s Top Six Award for his combined athletic ability, academic achievement, leadership characteristics and campus involvement. He was a unanimous […]

Jim Ducibella, born in Washington, D.C., graduated from Xavier University in 1974. He completed his masters in Print Journalism, graduating from Marquette University in 1976. Before attaining a job with the Virginia Pilot, Ducibella previously wrote for the Milwaukee Journal and the Washington Star. Ducibella joined the Virginia-Pilot staff in 1981 where he covered Old […]