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Bogaczyk, Woolum, Coles All Enter The Virginia Sports HOF

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HUNTINGTON — Saturday night in Portsmouth, Va., the new inductees were inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame at the Va. Sports HOF Museum in Portsmouth, Va. The new inductees included the former Editor of the Herd Insider and columnist for both HI and HerdZone.com as well as former sports editor of the Charleston Daily Mail Jack Bogaczyk, who worked for many years in Roanoke, Va. Also inducted with ties to Marshall were former Marshall assistant C.J. Woolum and the brother of former Marshall point guard (1995-97) Sidney Coles, Bimbo Coles.

MUFB Broadcast Jack Bogaczyk 2017 and wife Carol Bogaczyk as Jack enters Va Sports HOF

Jack Bogaczyk is joined by his lovely wife, Carol, as they attend his induction into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in Portsmouth, Va., this past weekend. (provided photo)

Other inductees included Beth Anders, coach of Field Hockey at Old Dominion, Kim Anthony, a native of Richmond who excelled at gymnastics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as its first African-American winner of a full scholarship for gymnastics, cornerback Dre Bly of Chesapeake who was an outstanding football player at UNC and in the NFL, and Claudio Reyna of University of Virginia soccer.

The dinner and induction came after Bogaczyk resigned from working at Herd Insider and for Marshall athletics last year, and after the death of Woolum in 2013 while serving as Director of Athletics Emeritus at Christopher Newport University, where he served more than 26 seasons.

MUFB Broadcast Jack Bogaczyk 2017 (middle, back) during autographs session at Va. Sports HOF

Jack Bogaczyk (center, back at the second table, tan shirt) joins other new members of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame for a signing ceremony at the HOF Museum. (provided by Virginia Sports HOF).

Bogaczyk averaged over 125 stories/columns per year, amassing over 500 pieces for HerdInsider.com, Herd Insider magazine and HerdZone.com from 2012-16. He set the magazine in place to transition from a 30-per year newspaper-style publication to its current 12 issues per year slick paper magazine-style publication. He won 13 national writing awards and 35 state honors in his newspaper career of 27 years. In Roanoke, he covered college athletics with an emphasis on Virginia Tech, UVa., and VMI, but also covered the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Super Bowls, the World Series, multiple Daytona 500s, 11 Final Fours, 28 NCAA Tournaments in men’s basketball and 31 bowl games.

West Virginia 2017 Bimbo Coles at 2017 Va. Sports HOF induction with family

Bimbo Coles of Lewisburg, W.Va., stands with his new Hall of Fame display along with his family as he, Jack Bogaczyk and others were inducted into the Virginia Sports HOF. (courtesy Virginia Sports HOF and Museum)

Coles, from Lewisburg, W.Va., was born in Covington, Va. He played football, basketball, baseball and ran track at Greenbrier East, then headed to Virginia Tech for basketball (after being drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies at the end of his HS career). He then played 14 years in the NBA for Golden State, Atlanta, Cleveland, and Boston as well as earning a bronze medal at the Olympics in 1988 in Seoul, South Korea. He scored 6,628 points with 3,318 assists in the league and was inducted into the Virginia Tech HOF in 2000.

Woolum was an assistant coach at Marshall for three head coaches — Bob Daniel (serving as JV Head Coach and assistant (1975-77), Stu Aberdeen (1977-79) and finally Bob Zuffelato (1979-83), where Woolum was the top assistant and also ran the highly successful Zuffelato Summer Camps at nearby Kentucky Christian College in Grayson, Ky. He was part of the Herd’s transition from an independent team to playing in the Southern Conference, starting in 1977-78.

CJ Woolum

CJ Woolum passed away in 2013, after 26 years as Christopher Newport University’s AD and Head basketball coach, and started his career working for three head coaches at Marshall University (1974-83) and entered the Virginia Sports HOF this weekend, posthumously. (courtesy of Christopher Newport Athletics)

While at Marshall, Woolum helped coach Marshall Hall of Fame players like Carlos “Bunny” Gibson, point guard Greg White, forward Ken Labanowski, forward LaVerne Evans and guard George Washington.

Moving to Christopher Newport, Woolum was the instrument of making CNU into a Division III powerhouse in athletics. He won 502 games in 26 years as head basketball coach, earned 17 NCAA Tournament bids and won 13 conference titles. He was also the AD at that time and built the Freeman Center, where the basketball court bears his name, as well as the POMOCO Stadium for football – among the top facilites in D-III.

Woolum was also the golf coach early in his career, and took his 13 teams to the NCAA Tournament six times, and sent individual golfers in 12-of-13 years. His athletic department won 15 President’s Cups as the USA South Conference top overall athletic program and is a member of both the CNU HOF in 2007, the USA South Athletic Conference HOF in 2012 and the Hampton Roads Sports HOF in 2013.

About Woody Woodrum

Senior Editor and columnist/writer for Herd Insider since 2003, with Kindred Communications on radio for Marshall football/men's basketball pregame and postgame shows since 1996 and with First Sentry Bank Sportsline (Also Scott on Sports, Sideline Sports and Herd Insider Sportsline) since 1997. Married to Liz (12-22-1990) and one son, Tre' (11-7-1997). National Sportswriters & Sportscasters West Virginia Broadcaster of the Year winner for radio, 2000; won W.Va. Broadcasters Best Talk Show in 2013 with co-host Paul Swann and W.Va. Broadcasters Best Play-by-Play in 2015 with Jason Toy (Huntington at South Charleston, state AAA semifinals). Member of (College) Football Writers Association of America, (College) Basketball Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Color commentator for Marshall football (1999-2000), for Marshall basketball (2004-2016) and Marshall baseball (2004-2016). Color for high school football at Spring Valley (1999-2008), Cabell Midland (2009-2012) and Huntington (W.Va.) High School (2013-2016).

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