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Beth Anders (2017)

Beth Anders started her coaching career at Old Dominion University in 1980 after being a member of the 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic Field Hockey teams. The team won the bronze medal in the 1984 Olympics and Anders finished with the most goals scored in Olympic competition. At Old Dominion, Anders mentored the field hockey […]

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Edward Leroy “ED” Beard (2002)

Ed Beard defines what it means to be a competitor.  While he made a name for himself on the football field, those who witnessed his remarkable feat at the 1957 Virginia State High School Wrestling Tournament can attest to his unbelievable athletic prowess.  Without representing a school and having little formal coaching, unseeded and unranked, […]

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Melvin Blassingham (1982)

Known as the “Father of the Oyster Bowl”, Blassingham conceived the idea of the game to raise funds for the Shriner’s Hospital while in the hospital himself, recovering from a heart attack in 1936.  The Oyster Bowl began to truly take shape when Blassingham met fellow Shriner and Portsmouth native, Bill Kaufman.  Kaufman had moved […]

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Dre Bly (2017)

Dre Bly, a native of Chesapeake, Virginia, graduated from Western Branch High School, where he was an all-state high school football player before attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a redshirt freshman, Bly led the nation with 11 interceptions, receiving All-American honors. Bly is one of only five players in NCAA […]

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Marty Brennaman (1999)

One of the best known figures in the sports broadcasting industry, Marty Brennaman has been the lead broadcaster for the Cincinnati Reds since 1974. In addition, Brennaman has broadcast the NCAA basketball tournament for CBS Radio for more than 10 years. In 1960, Marty Brennaman enrolled at Randolph-Macon College where he studied for two years. […]

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