Hampden-Sydney College and the Athletics Hall of Fame will induct its 17th class on Saturday, October 30, 2004, at 11 am in Gammon Gymnasium. The Class of 2004 includes former Tiger greats from four different decades, along with the all-time winningest basketball coach and the creator of the basketball program at Hampden-Sydney. Jack Harrington was an outstanding football player from 1956 through 1960, while William R. Miller was a member of the Tiger wrestling and football teams from 1963 through 1967.Jody Williams was a member of baseball and football teams at Hampden-Sydney during the late eighties, while Cetric Gayles and Thacher Worthen starred on the football field and lacrosse and water polo venues during the early nineties. Special citations will be issued to Tony Shaver, who led the Tiger basketball team to 358 victories, eight ODAC championships and two Final Fours in 17 seasons at the helm, and Henry Tucker Graham, College president from 1909 through 1917, who founded the basketball program.
Jack Harrington, Football,
Harrington lettered in football four years for the Tigers from 1956-60. A two-time All-American, Harrington earned the honors in both 1958 and 1959. He was a local talent from Farmville, VA, and was an All-Mason Dixon guard in 1958 and All Little Eight guard in 1959. Harrington also started at guard for the 1957 Tiger team that finished 8-1 and won the Mason Dixon Championship. Harrington is a retired vice president of Bank of America. He is a native of Farmville, VA, and he and his wife, Frankie, currently reside in Raleigh, NC.
William R. Miller, Wrestling,
Miller transferred to Hampden-Sydney from Virginia Tech in 1964. Because of existing NCAA rules, he was ineligible to wrestle or play football for a year. He started as a defensive lineman during both the 1965 and 1966 football campaigns winning the Coach’s Award his senior year. While a fine football player, he was the most successful wrestler in the history of the College. Miller was a two-time (1966, 1967) All-Mason-Dixon Conference Champion at 180 pounds. He was undefeated in dual meets and conference tournaments during both seasons and in ’67 did not allow any points to be scored against him until the tournament finals when he gave up two points to an opponent he eventually pinned. After being named Outstanding Wrestler of the Tournament, Bill advanced to the NCAA College Division Wrestling Championships and finished in sixth place, losing a close match to the eventual national champion. He is the only Hampden-Sydney wrestler ever to place in the NCAA Tournament. Miller is the president of Miller Enterprises which operates the Duck-In Restaurant in Virginia Beach, VA. He and his wife, Stuart, reside in Virginia Beach with their three children, Amy, Kate and Will, a member of the Hampden-Sydney Class of 1998.
Jody Williams, Baseball,
A good hitting shortstop for the Tigers, Williams earned First Team All-ODAC honors in 1987. He owns the all-time Hampden-Sydney record for stolen bases in a career (53) and owns the top two marks for stolen bases in a single season, 24 (1985) and 23 (1986). In 1986, he set then H-SC single-season marks for at bats (131), hits (56), runs (51) and doubles (14). Williams rates third all-time with a .371 career batting average, fifth with a .539 slugging percentage, first with 53 stolen bases, seventh with 49 walks and second with 105 runs. He was also a kick returner and receiver for the Tiger football team. Ranked fourth in the country as a junior with 26.0 yards-per-return average as a kick returner. He caught 23 passes for 424 yards and two touchdowns as a junior. Williams is currently a loan officer for United Mortgage and he resides in Virginia Beach.
Cetric Gayles, Football,
Gayles is the fourth all-time leading rusher in H-SC football history behind Jimmy Ferguson, David Kelly and CW Clemmons with 2,639 yards. He is the only player in H-SC history with more than 2,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving. Gayles ranks second on the all-time career rushing touchdowns (31) list and ranks third all-time with 228 points scored, while his 102 points scored in 1993 is the third-best single season effort all-time. He was named First Team All-ODAC in 1991 as he rushed for 706 yards and eight TDs on 94 carries (7.5 ypc) and also caught 18 passes for 241 yards and one TD. Overall for his career, he rushed for 2,639 yards on 431 carries for a 6.1 yards-per-carry average, while he also caught 75 passes for 1,346 yards. Gayles and his wife, Melissa, reside in Farmville where he works for Wachovia Bank.
Thacher Worthen, Water
Polo, Lacrosse, 1990-93
Worthen earned All-America and Southern Conference Co-Player of the Year in water polo in 1993. He led the Southern Conference in goals despite the fact the Tiger team finished 1-16 in conference competition, which included scholarship programs like Richmond, Arkansas and Dayton, along with non-scholarship Washington and Lee. Worthen played “hole man” which was toughest position to play in water polo as the center of the offense. A four-year starter as a defenseman in lacrosse, he earned USILA Honorable Mention All-America honors and All-ODAC honors in 1993. His forte was “full-field transition” as he was virtually impossible to stop. He once single-handedly cleared the ball through defending national champion Princeton’s “ride” or press nine times. Worthen went on to receive his MBA from Vanderbilt University. He is now a Corporate Director of Marketing for Coca-Cola, Inc., in Birmingham, Alabama.
Tony Shaver, Head
Basketball Coach, 1986-2003
All-time winningest basketball coach in Hampden-Sydney College history. Shaver engineered the Tiger program to the heights of national prominence from the late ’80’s through the ’90s and into the new millennium. He coached the Tigers to eight Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championships, 11 NCAA Tournament appearances and two Final Fours during his 17-year career. His 358 victories and .747 lifetime winning percentage both rank atop the all-time lists in the 96-year history of Hampden-Sydney College basketball. He is now the head coach at the College of William and Mary. He and his wife, Ann, and youngest son, Jackson, reside in Williamsburg, while his oldest son, Chris, is a pitcher in the Chicago Cubs organization. Middle son, Austin, is a sophomore at the University of Virginia.
Henry Tucker Graham, College
Dr. Graham, himself a star athlete during his student days at the College, was a great believer in the value of athletics in in the nurture of young men: "Clean athletics," he said, "should be encouraged and approved, and are distinctly helpful to the physical, moral and intellectual manhood of the students." As a student-athlete, Graham pitched in Hampden-Sydney's first-ever intercollegiate baseball game. As President, he spearheaded the College's efforts to start the basketball program, which played its first game in 1909. Dr. Graham instituted major renovations on campus; among the most important, finished in 1916, was the College's first real gymnasium, which is now the rear of Graham Hall.
The Hampden-Sydney Athletic Hall of Fame was created in 1988 and is designed to honor men who have made outstanding contributions to Hampden-Sydney athletics and have helped bring recognition, honor, excellence and distinction to the College and its intercollegiate athletics program. Members are selected annually by the Hall of Fame Committee from nominations submitted by alumni and friends of the College.