Eugene Milener '52
Cross Country, Track
The first Hall of Fame inductee who participated solely in track and cross country, Eugene Milener is considered the father of Hampden-Sydney Cross Country. Upon arriving at H-SC as a freshman, he organized the team and served as the coach for four years. Considered to be one of the top two cross country runners in the state from 1949 to 1951, Milener never lost a dual or triangular meet and finished no worse than second in Little Six meets.
As a senior, Milener broke a course record on the University of Virginia's Observatory Mountain, averaging a 4:53 mile over the duration of the course. On the track, Milener was a steady point producer for four years. By the end of his collegiate career, he owned the College's records for the half-mile and two-mile, and anchored the record-breaking mile relay. He also held the record on H-SC's cross country course.
James Lee '68
During his career, Jimmy Lee proved himself to be an outstanding pass catcher and shattered all Hampden-Sydney receiving records during his career. He still ranks among the school's top-five leaders in career receptions, with 122, and in receiving yards, with 1,474. As a sophomore, he established a new school record for receptions, with 42, and receiving yards, with 485. He broke both records the next season with 45 receptions and 564 yards.
Lee had a career game as a sophomore, setting two records which still stand. He caught ten passes, a mark which has since been equaled three times but never surpassed. He also recorded 200 receiving yards in that game, a record that still stands. Also a solid baseball player, Lee served as team captain and was named MVP as a senior.
Lee was awarded the Gammon Cup at his graduation in 1968. Lee and his wife Charlene live in Richmond, where he is the president of IOS Associates, Inc., a computer consulting and support company.
Jeff Jackson '88
A three-time All-American, four-time All-ODAC selection, and two-time ODAC Player of the Year, Jeff Jackson was one of the best lacrosse players to ever put on a Hampden-Sydney uniform. He earned second team All-America honors as a junior in 1987, and in 1988 he became the first-ever Tiger lacrosse first team All-America honoree. Ten years after the end of his collegiate playing career, Jackson still ranks second in career goals with 157 and second in career points with 208.
Jackson also scored 45 goals as a senior, still tied for the fourth-best single-season total in school history. After his graduation, Jackson was the youngest member of the U.S. National team which claimed the 1990 World Championship. He was also a two-time USCLA Club Player of the Year and played for the Baltimore Thunder for seven years.
Jackson and his wife, Maria, reside in Baltimore, where he works as an account executive for ICM Mortgage Corporation.
David Kelly '87
An outstanding two-sport athlete, David Kelly was a four-year starter on the football field and three-year starter on the baseball diamond. He earned All-ODAC honors as a freshman and claimed All-America and All-ODAC honors again as a junior. With 3,433 career rushing yards, Kelly is second in the H-SC record books. As a freshman, he ran for 213 yards against Washington and Lee, the fourth highest single-game total in school history. His 194 career points is fourth-best in school history.
Kelly's numbers on the baseball field were equally impressive. He posted a .456 batting average in 1986 to set a school record that still stands. His .394 career average is the second-best mark in school history. On the base paths, he was nearly unstoppable with 48 career stolen bases in 52 attempts. Kelly holds two of the top four single-season stolen base marks, swiping 17 in 1986 and 16 in 1987.
Off the field, Kelly was a Merit Scholar and was awarded the Gammon Cup in 1988. He and his wife, Jennifer, live in Clarksville, Va., where Kelly is a manager for Burlington Men's Wear.
William Hay '42
A three-sport athlete at the College, Hay was a member of the football and baseball teams for four years and of the basketball team for three years. He was an all-state baseball performer as a senior. Equally active on campus, he was the president of the student body and of the monogram club as a senior.
After graduating from Hampden-Sydney, he was a pilot in the Marine Corps in World War II for four years. Following his graduation from the University of Virginia Law School in 1948, Hay practiced law in Farmville for nine years. While practicing law, Hay coached football at the College from 1948 to 1952, under coaches Morgan Tiller and Jim Hickey. He also served as coach for the junior varsity basketball team.
Hay became a judge in 1957, serving as the General District Judge for the Tenth Judicial District, made up of Prince Edward County and seven other surrounding counties. Hay retired in February 1998 and lives in Farmville with his wife Pat.
**All information listed is current as of 1998.