Sponsored by the Virginia High School League (VHSL), the Hall honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to high school athletic and activity programs. The 28th Annual Hall of Fame induction dinner will be held on Sunday, June 25, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Charlottesville. Tickets for the event are $35 and can be purchased online.
The Class of 2017 includes two coaches, six athletes and three contributors.
The Hall is dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of outstanding achievements by students and adults in sports and activities within Virginia’s public high schools.
The two coaches being honored in the 2017 class are Norbie Wilson of First Colonial and the Blue Devils' Reed. Coaches are eligible after 15 years of experience or upon retirement and are judged on the merits of their achievements at the high school level.
As the girls volleyball coach at Gate City High School for 14 years, Reed has led her teams to over 335 wins, six state championships (2004-05, 2008-09 and 2013-14), three state runner-up finishes, 10 regional titles and 15 district/conference championships. Reed has received numerous honors during her career. She is a 12-time district/conference coach of the year, a 10-time region coach of the year and has eight times been selected as the VHSL/VHSCA coach of the year. In 2014, she was honored as the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Mideast Section Volleyball Coach of the Year.
In addition to coaching girls volleyball, Reed has been the head girls track coach since 2000. She was the assistant girls volleyball coach at Gate City from 1998-2002. She is a member of the VHSCA, and has been a member of its legislation committee since 2014.
The athletes being honored in the 2017 class are: Blair Brown, Loudoun Valley; Allen Pinkett, Park View-Sterling; Bryan Randall, Bruton; Michael Robinson, Varina; Katie Smrcka-Duffy, James Madison; and Alan Webb, South Lakes. Athletes are eligible for consideration 10 years after completion of their high school careers and are judged primarily for their achievements in interscholastic sports.
The three contributors are Francis Dall, Lake Braddock/Westfield; Ken Tilley, VHSL; and Deb Tyson, Albemarle. Contributors are professionals who have rendered significant services in some other capacity such as administration, academic activities, officiating, media or sports medicine.
Members of the Class of 2017 will bring total membership to 275.
The Virginia High School League Inaugural Golf Tournament will be held the day after the HOF banquet, on Monday, June 26, at Spring Creek Golf Course, in Gordonsville. The tournament is a Captain’s Choice with an 11 a.m. shotgun start. You can register for the tournament online.
Nominations for the Hall of Fame are due Oct. 31 of each year for induction the following fall. Nominations can be submitted by anyone. Those interested in nominating deserving individuals may secure a nomination packet from Mike McCall and/or Sharon Condoulis at the VHSL office by calling (434) 977-8475 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.