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1997 Inductees

Denis F. Soden '68


Denis Soden is regarded as one of the all-time great basketball players in Hampden-Sydney history; he still ranks among the Tigers' top-ten scorers, with 1,293 career points.  A co-captain and four-year letterman, Soden was a two-time All-Virginia Small College selection.  He was an excellent shooter, solid rebounder, and standout defensive player.  He was named team MVP and was the leading rebounder for three straight years during his career.

As a sophomore, Soden scored a season-high 27 points versus Shepherd College, including the winning basketball at the buzzer.  During his senior campaign, he averaged 18.5 points-per-game.

An excellent student, Soden was on the Dean's List all four years at Hampden-Sydney.  In addition, he served as President of the Student Body, Chairman of the Honor Council, and received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.

He is now an attorney with Spinella, Owings and Shaia, P.C. in Richmond, Virginia.

J. Gray Tuttle '76


A two-time All-American, Tuttle was a member of the 1975 NCAA runner-up championship team.  "He was the most consistent of all my golfers during my tenure as a coach," said Gus Franke, his former coach. Tuttle was a co-medalist with Hampden-Sydney's Charlie Baskervill in the 1975 Virginia State Intercollegiate golf tournament.  In 1973 and 1975, Tuttle was the individual medalist at the Mason-Dixon Conference Championships, where Hampden-Sydney captured both titles.  He led the Tigers to the 1974 Virginia Collegiate Athletic Association Championship and the 1975 Virginia Collegiate Championship.

In addition to his accomplishments at Hampden-Sydney, Tuttle participated in the 1974 and 1982 USGA Amateur Championships and the 1986 USGA Mid-Amateur Championship.

Tuttle lives in Lansing, Michigan, where he is a partner in Professional Consultants, Inc., a multi-service firm specializing in healthcare consulting and business management.

Scott L. Moorhead '81


One of the all-time great receivers in school history, Scott Moorhead has etched his name in the record books on numerous occasions.  He still holds three school records: most career catches (138), most catches in a season (54) and most career yards (1,906).  After catching 30 passes for 460 yards in his sophomore year, Moorhead posted back-to-back seasons with at least 50 receptions, including a school-record 54 as a junior and 50 in his senior campaign. 

In 1979, he was a first team All-Virginia College selection for Divisions I, II, and III.  As a senior, he earned numerous awards, including second team All-Virginia College, Associated Press Little All-America, Sports Information Directors Division III All-America, Richmond Touchdown Club Small College Offensive Player of the Year, and ABC Sports MVP of the Hampden-Sydney-Salisbury State game, broadcast nationally from Hampden-Sydney on September 20, 1980.  A four-year letterman, Moorhead was named first team All-ODAC in 1979 and 1980.

He was an economics major and a member of the Kappa Alpha Order.  He is currently President and Owner of Scott's Lawn and Landscape, Inc, in Charlotte, NC.

H. Hiter Harris III '83


Harris, who kicked the winning points in every Hampden-Sydney victory in 1982, has the distinction of being the only kicker to receive ODAC Player of the Year honors.  He also earned second team All-America honors in 1982, and was named Virginia State College Player of the Year by the Norfolk Touchdown Club.

He is one of only six Hampden-Sydney football players to be named an Academic All-American.  A three-year letterman, Harris was a member of the KA order and a mathematics major.

After his Tiger career, he had tryouts with the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Oilers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Chicago Blitz of the USFL.

Instead of pursuing a professional football career, he attended Harvard Business School, graduating with distinction.  He went on to co-found the Richmond investment banking firm of Harris Williams and Co., which specializes in mergers and acquisitions.


Robert J. Thalman

Thalman joined the Hampden-Sydney coaching staff in 1953 as an assistant coach on Jim Hickey's football staff; he also served as head track coach.  In 1956, he was named athletic director and head football coach, a post he held until the spring of 1960 when he rejoined Hickey at the University of North Carolina.

In his first two years at the helm of the Tiger program, Thalman directed the Tigers to two back-to-back Mason-Dixon Conference Championships, in 1956 and 1957.  The 1956 squad posted a 7-2 mark, including a 27-7 whipping of Randolph-Macon.  The 1957 team followed suit, with an 8-1 season and 26-19 win over Macon.  His overall record was 26-9-1 (.736) which is the best winning percentage of any Hampden-Sydney coach since 1900.  During his four years, Thalman coached eight All-Americans, including current Hall of Famers Bill LeHew '57 and Billy Benson '60.

**All information listed is current as of 1997.