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Russ Potts

With many sports history firsts credited to his name, Senator Russ Potts added another first to that list as the first sports marketing professional ever inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. The Winchester, Virginia native changed the world…

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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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Ted Keller

Keller, a native of Winchester, has been a leader at every level of competition in Virginia for 50 years. After years of playing and coaching at R-MC, he was a driving force in the formation of the highly successful Old…

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Jimmy Leech

James C. “Jimmy” Leech, born in Lexington, Virginia became Virginia Military Institute’s first bona-fide All-American football player.  He entered VMI in the fall of 1916 and graduated in 1920 scoring an unbelievable 210 points that year, while leading VMI to…

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Jim Lemon

A lanky country boy from Covington, Virginia turned his ability to hit a baseball a country mile into a more than 40-year association with the game of professional baseball. Jim Lemon started his professional career in 1948 following his graduation…

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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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Jimmie Bryan

Born in Staunton, Virginia in 1916, Bryan received his B.S. degree from Ohio University and his Master’s from Lynchburg College.  For 25 years, Bryan served as Athletic Director at E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg and coached basketball at the…

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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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