Class of 2017

Tom Yeager served as the only commissioner in Colonial Athletic Association history from the conference’s inception in 1985 through his retirement in 2016. Over the course of 31 years as head of the CAA, he established the conference as one of the nation’s most successful both athletically and academically. Yeager oversaw the conference during a […]

Debbie White, a native of Lexington, Virginia, gained notoriety in the Commonwealth as the first full-time female sportswriter in the state, while serving on the staff of the Daily Press from 1974-1977. After serving as Sports Information Director at Siena College in New York from 1977-1979, one of only three female SID’s in the country, […]

Virginia Beach native, William “Buster” O’Brien, starred as a quarterback for Princess Anne High School in the 1960’s, and his talent and success led to a scholarship offer from the University of Notre Dame. After transferring to the University of Richmond, O’Brien went on to legendary status in Spider Athletics history. An All-Conference and All-State […]

Heath Miller, a native Virginian, starred at quarterback for Honaker High School in the early 2000’s, however it was a position change at the University of Virginia that propelled Miller to greatness. Making the switch to tight end his freshman year, Miller would go on to hold every tight end record in Cavaliers football history. […]

Mark Lenzi grew up in Fredericksburg, Virginia attending Stafford High School. Inspired by Greg Louganis’ performance at the 1984 Summer Olympics, Lenzi took up diving at the age of 16. From there he would be offered a scholarship to compete at Indiana University. While diving for the Hoosiers, Lenzi won five BIG-10 titles, and back […]

As college basketball coaches go, Wendy Larry’s legacy in Virginia is unmatched. The Bloomingdale, New Jersey native and Old Dominion University alum, took over the Lady Monarchs in 1987, and over the next 25 seasons led ODU to an unprecedented run of success. Larry would win 559 games total as head coach of the Lady […]

A native of South Boston, Virginia Jeff Burton has never served as mayor of his hometown; however that did not stop him from earning that nickname on NASCAR’s highest circuit. Burton got his start racing go-karts on rural tracks in Virginia, and in 1988 made his NASCAR Busch Series debut driving the #69 car, owned […]

Ruben Brown began his ascent to football stardom as an offensive lineman at E.C. Glass high school in Lynchburg, VA. The 1989 USA Today High School All-American would go on to accept a scholarship to play collegiately for the University of Pittsburgh, where he became a dominant force for the Panthers. Brown would be named […]