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Dean Ehlers

Dean Ehlers was the first director of athletics for James Madison University, a position he held for 22 years. When he arrived at JMU in 1971, it was a small program without football, a conference affiliation, athletics grants-in-aid and with…

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J.C. Snead

J.C. Snead, nephew of the legendary Sam Snead, made his commendable mark in professional golf after giving up a promising baseball career.  This former all-state star in three sports at Bath County High School was in the Washington Senators organization…

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Sam Snead

Sam Snead

Sam Snead has won more golf tournaments than anyone.  At a young age, he caddied at a golf club near his home, and with the support of some club members he went to California in 1937 to compete on the…

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Edwin Parker “CY” Twombly

One of the founding fathers of intercollegiate athletics at Washington & Lee University, Twombly coached W&L teams to more than 400 victories and guided the University’s athletic progress for more than half a century. W&L benefited greatly from Twombly’s brilliance…

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Joe Muha

Joseph Muha

Known in his days at Virginia Military Institute as “Joltin Joe”, Joseph Muha’s feats are unparalleled in the history of football at VMI.  He was Rat and varsity captain, all-state as a freshman and all-state three years as a varsity…

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Ralph Sampson

One of the most heralded cagers of all time, Ralph Sampson dominated the collegiate game during his brilliant four-year (1980-83) career. Leading Virginia to a new level of national prominence and success, the 7-4 center helped guide the Cavaliers to…

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John McKenna

Our next inductee was born and raised in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He went on to Villanova University, where he was a three-year starter on the football team. After graduation, he went on to coach football at Malvern Prep School in Philadelphia,…

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Betty Jaynes

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…

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Dell Curry

Since his early days at Fort Defiance High School, Dell Curry knew that basketball would be in his future. From winning a high school state championship to enjoying a standout college career at Virginia Tech, Curry showed basketball fans throughout…

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Raymond A. Bussard

Raymond A. Bussard is a native of Highland County, VA who lettered in basketball, football and track at Bridgewater College in the 1950’s.  He drew national attention for his versatility in track.  At the 1951 National AAU meet, he was…

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