PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame announced its class of 2017 on Wednesday, as chosen by the statewide Honors Court committee. Two persons with long-time ties to Marshall University Athletics were chosen in this year’s class, former Herd basketball assistant coach C.J. Woollum, who went on to greater fame at Christopher Newport before dying of cancer, and Jack Bogaczyk, who worked many years covering the Herd for the Charleston Daily Mail, as Director of Publications at Marshall Athletics and as Editor/Columnist for Herd Insider magazine, at herdinsider.com.
The Class of 2017 features (alphabetically):
Beth Anders, a former field hockey coach who spent 30 years at Old Dominion University and led them to 28 NCAA tournament appearances.
Dre Bly, a three-time All-American football player at the University of North Carolina, Super Bowl XXXIV Champion and a two-time Pro Bowl selection with the Washington Redskins.
Jack Bogaczyk, a writer who spent 28 years in the sports media business in Roanoke. Bogaczyk also spent a long time as the Sports Editor of the Charleston Daily Mail and the last four years as Director of Publications and writing about Marshall University Athletics, both at HerdZone.com and as Editor and Columnist for Herd Insider magazine (herdinsider.com) before retiring, writing over 1,100 stories in four years. Bogaczyk graduated from UK, worked at the Kentucky Post just out of college, then to Binghamton, N.Y. before ending up in Roanoke, where is worked for The World News, the Roanoke Times and the NBA Developmental League team, the Roanoke Dazzle before coming to Charleston for the Daily Mail in 2002-2012, finishing at Herd Insider.
Bimbo Coles, a former Virginia Tech basketball standout who enjoyed a 14-year NBA career. Coles played scholastically at Greenbrier East in Lewisburg, W.Va., as did his brother, Sidney, who was All-Southern Conference for the Marshall Thundering Herd in 1996-97.
Kim Hamilton Anthony, a former gymnast on the U.S. National Team, who was a six-time All-America selection at UCLA.
Claudio Reyna, a three-time All-American soccer player at the University of Virginia and captain of the U.S. National Team.
C.J. Woollum, a former Director of Athletics at Christopher Newport University as well as Head Basketball Coach who transformed CNU into a Division III powerhouse. Woollum went to Christopher Newport after being an assistant coach for the final Marshall JV team (including MU HOF guard Carlos “Bunny” Gibson) for Coach Bob Daniels (1974-77), then was an assistant coach of the Herd for both Stu Aberdeen (1977-79, recruiting MU HOF member Ken Labanowski) and Bob Zuffelato (1979-83), helping Marshall to the finals of the Southern Conference in Aberdeen’s first season, then earning the first win, then the first home win, in the renewal of the Marshall — West Virginia series in the late 1970s. Woollum also worked the annual Zuffelato Basketball Camp, held throughout the 1980s at Kentucky Christian College in Grayson. Woollum was grad of Kentucky Wesleyan, and coached CNU from 1984-2010, winning 502-221, won 13 conference titles and led the Captains to 17 NCAA Tournaments, including an Elite Eight in 2001 and four Sweet 16. He is in the CNU HOF, the USA South Athletic Conference HOF and the Hampton Roads Sports HOF. As AD, he built some of the finest facilities in D-III, won USA South President’s Cup for the last 15 years (up to his death, 2013) and posted a great record as golf coach, with six NCAA Tournaments in 13 years, and qualifying individual golfer in 12-of-13 years. He was survived by two daughters, Emily Woollum and Kristy Woollum Creagh (and her husband, Brian).
The 46th Annual Induction Banquet will take place on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Renaissance Portsmouth- Norfolk Waterfront Hotel in Portsmouth, Va. as the headline event of Hall of Fame weekend. Tickets are now on sale. For more information, call (757) 393-8031 or visit www.vshfm.com.
Other members of the VSHFM that were at Marshall for a time include:
- Frank Loria, MU Football assistant from 1968-70 who died on MU Football charter crash of Nov. 14, 1970, after standout career at Virginia Tech, playing in same backfield as legendary Hokies coach Frank Beamer. Loria was an All-American as a senior, helped the Hokies to win the Liberty Bowl the previous year and worked three years as defensive coach at Marshall for Perry Moss and Rick Tolley;
- Ulmo Shannon “Sonny” Randle, MU Head Football Coach from 1979-83, also coached at East Carolina (winning two SoCon titles) and the University of Virginia (where he recruited Jim Grobe from Huntington to play linebacker), where he graduated before an 11-year career as a receiver in the NFL. Randle played for the Chicago/St. Louis Cardinals, the San Francisco 49ers, the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins, All-Pro four times and catching more touchdowns than any other player in the NFL in the 1960s. He became the color voice of Marshall football on the Thundering Herd Network (with partner Keith Morehouse of WSAZ-TV) from the mid-1980s until the Herd joined Conference USA in 2005. Randle attended Fork Union Military Academy from the first grade until graduation, and was coaching Massanutten Military Academy when he was hired at Marshall to start the rebuild of the program nine years after the crash. He gave Bob Pruett his first collegiate coaching position at MU, and Pruett (Marshall), Bill Stewart (VMI and WVU) and Jim Grobe (Ohio, Wake Forest and Baylor last season) all became successful head coaches, while many of his young assistants are still coaching in college or the NFL;
- Bill Roth, The “Voice” Of The Herd at Marshall in 1987, called the Herd’s first run in the I-AA Playoffs, calling the Herd all the way to a 43-42 I-AA Championship loss to now Louisiana-Monroe, also seen on ESPN live from Pocatello, Idaho. He was hired at Virginia Tech in 1988, just two years out of Syracuse University, and has remained with Virginia Tech until 2015. Roth then took the UCLA radio job for one year before returning to North Carolina and IMG College the following year, and he also added teaching at Virginia Tech to his resume in August of 2016;
- J. Dallas Shirley, Basketball Official/Supervisor for over 2,000 games in 33 years before working for many years, then became the Southern Conference Supervisor of League Officials and Assistant to the Commissioner for most of the Herd’s membership (1977-97). In addition to local contests, he was a National Basketball Association official during the league’s first season, in 1946-47, and for the remainder of the 1940s. He also officiated at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome and was chief official at the 1959 Pan American Games in Chicago, before dying in 1994;
- Harry “Cy” Young, Marshall Baseball, Football and Track and Washington & Lee Baseball, Basketball, Football and Track, called by many the second best athlete (behind only Jim Thorpe) as both a basketball and football All-American at W&L. Played quarterback, pitched and played outfield, guard in basketball and sprinter as well as field events in track and field. He played two years of football as Marshall in 1910-11, then spent 1912 at Michigan before transferring back to Marshall to finish his Normal School degree before matriculating to W&L, where he also coached basketball and worked at Alumni Secretary as well as coaching baseball at William & Mary. He is in the VSHFM, the W.Va. Sportswriters HOF, the College Football Hall of Fame as well as in both HOFs at Marshall and W&L.