Hampden-Sydney College and the Athletics Hall of Fame inducts its 23nd class on Saturday, October 30, 2010, at 11 am in the Kirk Athletic Center. Included in the Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2010 are former baseball, football, and soccer greats, a legendary lacrosse coach and a Hampden-Sydney athletics fixture. The five man class features baseball and football stars Dr. Dean Tester '54 and George Simons '75, soccer standout Mike Bizon '00, the Tigers' first lacrosse coach Howdy Myers and the Hampden-Sydney do-it-all man, Henry Read '53.
Dr. Dean Tester '54, Football and Baseball
Tester was a two-sport athlete, lettering all four years in football and baseball. A quarterback on the football team, Tester led the Tigers to Mason-Dixon and Little Seven Championships while being named All-Little-Seven and All-Mason-Dixon Conference as a senior. On the baseball diamond, as co-captain in his junior and senior years, Tester was a solid third baseman with a batting average over .300. After college, the Pulaski, Virginia, native signed a professional baseball contract and played for one year before enrolling at the Medical College of Virginia. Tester was very active in campus life: a member of ODK, he was student body vice president, fraternity president, secretary-treasurer of the student body, vice president of the Monogram Club, and was elected to Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities. Tester is a retired physician in High Point, NC.
George Simons '75, Football and Baseball
Simons was a two-sport athlete and heralded as one of the best all-around kickers in Hampden-Sydney football history. He helped the Tigers to back-to-back Mason-Dixon Conference football championships in 1972 and 1973. As a junior and senior on the gridiron, he was selected for All-VCAA and All-Mason-Dixon honors. Simons did all of the kicking for the Tigers and his career punting average is 38.7 yards, while he was 30-of-36 on extra points and 16-of-29 on field goal attempts. On the baseball field, he was named the team's most improved player in 1973 before twice being named the most valuable player. Simons is a sales manager for Tallant Industries, Inc. in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and resides in Richmond.
Michael Bizon '00, Soccer
Bizon is one of the most decorated soccer players in Hampden-Sydney history and the best goalie to date. A three-time First-Team All-ODAC selection, Bizon was named the ODAC Player of the Year as a senior in 1999, while also being just the second Tiger soccer star to be named All-American. As a sophomore, Bizon was named to the NSCAA-Adidas All-South Region Third Team while earning First-Team honors as a junior and senior. He remains the program's leader in career shutouts with 24, while his 10 shutouts as a senior are also a school record. Bizon's marks of seven and six shutouts as a junior and sophomore mark third and seventh all-time, respectively. His 220 saves are fourth in school history. Bizon is a Vice-President and Financial Analyst for Bank of America in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Howard "Howdy" Myers
Howdy Myers was a lacrosse coach for 46 years, amassing a 379-141-6 overall record. He was the first full-time lacrosse coach at Hampden-Sydney, compiling a 22-18 record between 1976 and 1978. Myers is known as the "Father of Zone Defense," and throughout his career he won 17 championships, including three national championships at Johns Hopkins, where he also coached football and basketball. In 1950, Myers became the athletic director, head football coach, and lacrosse coach at Hofstra University, where he stayed for 25 years. Myers was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1971 and the Virginia Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1999. The lacrosse MVP award at Hampden-Sydney is named for him, and the USILA presents an annual "Man of the Year" award in his name. Myers passed away in 1980.
Henry Read '53
Henry Read was the do-it-all man for the Hampden-Sydney athletic department. As a student, Read was very involved as football, basketball, and equipment room manager. Athletic Director Jim Hickey created the "Graduate Manager of Athletics" position upon Read's graduation, which had responsibilities in athletic administration, athletic training, and sports information. Read spent countless hours publicizing Hampden-Sydney athletics while also creating brochures for football, basketball, and all the spring sports (what we now know as media guides). He was also responsible for travel and accommodations for many teams. Read went on to work in other athletic departments with various jobs such as athletic trainer at UNC and Assistant Athletic Director at the Citadel. He returned to the College in 1967 as Director of Public Relations and helped increase publicity across the media spectrum. Read became Director of Development at Sullins College in Bristol, Virginia, in 1972 and later assumed the same position at Saint Mary's College, Raleigh, N.C., from which he retired in 1996. He lives in Raleigh.
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.