John "Mike" Brinser '27
A four-year letterman in football and baseball, Mike Brinser was an outstanding football quarterback and in baseball was the team anchor at first base for four years. He led the Tigers three times in hitting, including a career-best .366 average in 1925, and served as baseball team captain his senior season. As a senior, he was quarterback when Hampden-Sydney beat Richmond and tied Virginia, Florida and Marshall en route to a 5-2-3 record.
After graduating, Brinser spent 35 years as a coach and teacher at St. Christopher's School in Richmond. He retired in 1971 and still resides in Richmond.
Al "Buck" Buchinsky '39
Football, Basketball, Baseball
Not only did Buck Buchinsky letter in basketball, football and baseball at Hampden-Sydney, but he was a starter in all three sports for at least three seasons for the Tigers. As an end in football, he was chosen by Rutgers in 1937 as a member of their all-opponent team after making several outstanding defensive plays during the contest. He also served as football captain his senior year. In baseball, he was the starting third baseman for three years. Buchinsky played guard in basketball and as a senior, started for the squad that recorded a 15-7 mark, with victories over the University of Richmond, Virginia Tech and St. John's.
While at Hampden-Sydney, Buchinsky was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and ODK-OKN honor organizations; he was a magna cum laude graduate of the College.
After college, Buchinsky coached for three years at Glenn Allen High School. His team was undefeated and untied during those three seasons. His coaching career was interrupted by World War II, but he returned following the War to coach a year at Hampden-Sydney. He joined the Van Heusen Company in 1948 and retired in 1980. Originally from Pottsville, Pennsylvania, Buchinsky lived in Geneva, Alabama, until his death on August 17, 1992.
Jerry Adams '53
One of the top scorers in Hampden-Sydney basketball history, Jerry Adams scored 1,207 points for the Tigers and ranked as H-SC's second leading all-time scorer at the time of his graduation. He still ranks 13th all-time on the Tigers' career scoring list.
As a senior, Adams served as team co-captain and won the Mason-Dixon Conference individual scoring title. He wrapped up the scoring championship in dramatic fashion with a 35-point performance against American University in the final game of the regular season. In 12 conference games that season, Adams scored 281 points (23.4 ppg) and was named to the Little Six All-State and Mason-Dixon All-Conference teams. Adams set a Mason-Dixon Conference scoring record with 39 points against Mount St. Mary's in the first round of the 1953 conference tournament.
An honor-roll student at H-SC, he was the winner of the Adamson Scholarship. After graduation, he coached basketball at Varina High School for five years and achieved a record of 57-22. He graduated from T.C. Williams School of Law in 1962 and is a member of the law firm of Adams, Myers and Baczkowski in McKeesport, Pennsylvania.
Sid Kirstein '73
One of the top defensive players ever to play at Hampden-Sydney, Sid Kirstein was a leading member of some of the top football teams in the school's history. During his tenure at H-SC, the Tigers posted a 33-9 record, including one stretch of 19 consecutive regular season victories and played in two Knute Rockne Bowls. In 1971, the Tigers posted a 10-0 regular season record and led the nation in total defense (115.6 yards-per-game) and scoring defense (3.4 points-per-game).
A disruptive presence from his defensive end position, Kirstein was a three-time selection to the All-Mason-Dixon and All-State teams. He also received honorable mention All-America recognition for three consecutive seasons. As a junior, he received the special honor of being named captain of the Virginia All-State team.
An outstanding student, Kirstein was nominated for Academic All-American honors. He was an officer in Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, a member of ODK, listed in Who's Who and involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He was also the recipient of the Gammon Cup in 1973. A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, Kirstein practices law in his hometown of Lynchburg, VA.
John Gibson '82
The top scorer in Hampden-Sydney lacrosse history, John Gibson is the first lacrosse player to be inducted into the Hampden-Sydney Athletic Hall of Fame. Gibson holds the H-SC school record for most career goals (202) and most career points (266). He also ranks third on the Tiger career list with 64 career assists.
As a senior in 1982, Gibson set a school record of 56 goals, leading the Tigers to a 12-4 record and the school's first appearance in the NCAA Division III lacrosse tournament. He earned All-ODAC honors in 1981 and 1982 and earned All-America recognition in 1982. He was also selected to participate in the prestigious North-South All-Star Game in 1982.
Gibson is an officer and principal of Ellis Development Company in Virginia Beach, VA.
Taylor Reveley '39
An important figure at Hampden-Sydney for more than 40 years, Reveley was active in Hampden-Sydney athletics, first as a three-sport participant in the late 1930s, and later as a supportive H-SC president from 1963 to 1977.
During his college career, Reveley played football, basketball and baseball and was the 1939 recipient of the Gammon Cup. As a standout baseball pitcher for the Tigers, Reveley hurled what was believed to be the first-ever no-hitter in Tiger baseball history against Lynchburg in 1939.
Following graduation, Reveley attended seminary and taught at Rhodes College before returning to Hampden-Sydney as its president in 1963. During his tenure as College President, Reveley was an enthusiastic supporter of the College's athletics program and one of H-SC's biggest fans. Following his retirement in 1977, he remained a loyal Tiger follower until his death in December 1992.
**All information listed is current as of 1994.