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Class of 2017

Jeff Rouse, born in Petersburg, VA, started swimming at the age of 5 and set national age group records at age 11. He was named Swimming World’s age group swimmer of the month in 1983 and named Rookie of the Meet at his first US National Championships. He has four US National Championships in the […]

Bill Littlepage, born in Pleasant Hill, VA and attended Bridgewater College, is known as the winningest basketball coach in Virginia High School League AAA history with an overall coaching record of 755-320 (70.2%). He is one of only two coaches to ever win over 700 games at a VSHL school and is the 2nd winningest […]

Dr. Jim Jarrett joined the Old Dominion University staff in 1967 as Associate Professor of Health and Physical Education and took over the Athletic Director position in 1970, where he remained until his retirement in 2010. During his 43-year career as Director of Athletics, the athletic program maintained a 91% student-athlete graduation rate. In 1974, […]

Tiki Barber, a native of Roanoke, VA and 1997 graduate of the University of Virginia, is the 2nd all-time leading rusher in Cavalier history. He was named ACC Player of the Year and 1st Team All-Academic in 1996. In the 1997 NFL draft, Barber was selected in the 2nd round by the New York Giants […]

Johnny Newman, born in Danville, VA and 1986 graduate of the University of Richmond, led the Spiders in scoring from 1982-1986 and is the all-time leading scorer for Richmond with 2,383 points. Newman had a .532 career field goal percentage and an .800 career free throw percentage. He was named to 8 All-Tournament teams and […]

Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker, born and raised in Norfolk, VA, started his amateur boxing career at the age of 9. He had 214 amateur fights, winning 201, and 91 of them by knock out. He was the lightweight silver medalist at the 1982 World Championships, followed by the Gold Medal at the 1983 PAN American […]

Eugene “Pappy” Thompson, attended Virginia High School in Bristol, VA and started at Emory & Henry College in 1925 but left in 1928 to accept a job as a general reporter with the Bristol Herald Courier. He spent 50 years with the Bristol Herald Courier as a police and court reporter, sportswriter, sports editor and […]