The 21st class of Hampden-Sydney athletic greats was inducted into the Hampden-Sydney College Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 25, 2008, at halftime of the Tigers' gridiron contest with Catholic University.
Football standouts Charles Garden '32 and Jim Smith '56 joined lacrosse legend Chris Bissinger '95 and championship coach Bobby Saylor '63 as the H-SC Hall of Fame Class of 2008.
Chris Bissinger, Class of 1995,
Chris Bissinger was a four-year letter winner on the Tiger lacrosse team and rates as one of the program's all-time best midfielders. In 1995, Bissinger earned USILA second team All-America accolades as captain of a Tiger team that finished the year at 10-5 overall, capturing the ODAC championship and advancing into the NCAA Tournament. Bissinger was a three-time All-ODAC selection, earning second team honors in 1993 and 1994 and a first team nod in 1995. His 38 points in 1995, courtesy of 23 goals and 15 assists, rates as the eighth-best single-season point total among Tiger midfielders, while his 106 career points is the fourth-highest point total among Hampden-Sydney middies.
Charles Garden, Class of 1932,
Garden was a four-year member of the football team, three-year member of the track team, and was on the basketball team for one season. A powerful football player, Garden was the first football All-American at H-SC as he earned honorable mention honors in 1930 from his fullback position. He was also president of the student body during his senior year and served as class president during his first three years on The Hill. Garden held a number of other positions on campus, serving on the Athletic Council, Monogram Club, Pan-Hellenic Council, Vigilance Committee, and German Club during his four years at The College. Garden, who passed away on May 27, 1975, hailed from nearby Prospect, VA.
Bobby Saylor, Class of 1963,
The dynamic Bobby Saylor served as an assistant football coach under Hampden-Sydney Hall of Famer Stokeley Fulton, was the head tennis coach, and also served as an Assistant Athletic Director under Fulton. As a football player at The College, Saylor was an honorable mention All-America choice in 1961 at defensive end. Twice selected as his team's Most Valuable Player, Saylor was given the Virginia Small College Sportsmanship Award during his senior campaign. While a student at Hampden-Sydney, Saylor was a member of Chi Phi. On the coaching front, Saylor's 1972 tennis team captured the Mason Dixon championship. About a decade later, Saylor led Hampden-Sydney to its only two ODAC tennis titles in school history (1981, 1982), earning the distinction of ODAC Coach of the Year in both of those seasons. In 1983, Saylor was named Athletic Director and head football coach at Maryville College.
Jim Smith, Class of 1956,
Jim Smith was a three-year letter winner in football and baseball, coming to Hampden-Sydney from Fork Union Military Academy. On the gridiron, Smith played both halfback and quarterback, earning honorable mention All-Little Eight honors in 1954. Smith followed that season with first team All-Little Eight accolades in 1955 when he also served as team co-captain. Smith started at shortstop on the baseball team that won the Mason Dixon Conference championship in 1954, while also serving as co-captain on the diamond. He received the Gammon Cup and Anne Carrington Harrison Award in 1956, and held the positions of Student Body President, President of Pi Kappa Alpha, and Vice President for Omicron Delta Kappa.