HR Sports Hall of Fame

This year’s class, the fifth since the Hall’s inception, features basketball stars Dave Twardzik (Old Dominion University) and Bobby Dandridge (Norfolk State University), coaches John Brophy (Hampton Roads Admirals ice hockey) and Nancy Fowlkes (Cox High School field hockey), and athletic directors C.J. Woollum (Christopher Newport University) and Marty Miller (Norfolk State University). 

These inductees, who comprise the fifth class in the Hall of Fame’s history, were selected by a committee along with input from previous inductees and from fans in online surveys. This year’s Hall of Fame class will be inducted on Oct. 30 at a banquet at Norfolk Scope.

Reservations for the banquet are available now. The cost is $60 per person or $400 for a table of eight. For information or to make reservations, call 622-2222 (extension 101). 

Here is a brief synopsis of the accomplishments of the inductees, in alphabetical order: 

John Brophyis one of only two North American professional hockey coaches with more than 1,000 victories. More than half of Brophy’s 1,027 victories came in the Hampton Roads area, with the East Coast Hockey League’s Admirals (480) and with the Southern Hockey League’s Hampton Gulls (123). He coached the Admirals to three ECHL championships.


Bobby Dandridgewon NBA titles with Milwaukee in 1971 and Washington in 1978. He averaged 18.5 points in the regular season and 20 points in the playoffs.  At Norfolk State from 1965-69, he averaged 22.5 points and 12.9 rebounds. He was All-CIAA twice and All-American once.


Nancy Fowlkeswon 13 state field hockey championships at Cox High School, including a run of seven in a row. Her career record was 390-55-20, and she coached many athletes who went on to become college All-Americans. Currently serves as an assistant football coach at Cox.


Marty Millerhas spent more than 40 years at Norfolk State as an athlete, baseball coach and administrator. He has been the school’s athletic director since 2004. As a baseball player at NSU, he batted .400 twice, led the nation in doubles in 1968 and was named All-American. He won 718 games and 17 CIAA titles as the school’s baseball coach.


Dave Twardzikwas a two-time All-American guard at Old Dominion and went on to a professional career with the ABA’s Virginia Squires and the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers. He was the starting point guard on Portland’s 1977 NBA championship team.  Since retiring as a player, he has spent 25 years working in the NBA as an assistant coach and a front office executive.


C.J. Woollumrecently stepped down after 25 years as athletic director at Christopher Newport University, where he took the athletic programs to national prominence. As CNU’s basketball coach, he won 502 games and coached nine All-Americans.


The Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame is currently housed in the lobby of Harbor Park in Norfolk. It was established in 2008 as a way to honor the athletes, coaches and administrators who have made significant contributions to sports in our area.


For more information, contact Tony Mercurio at tman09@cox.netor Dave Rosenfield at 


Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame Past Inductees

Beth Anders
 Class of 2011

Beth is the first Division 1 field hockey coach to reach 500 victories for her career. She is in her 29th season as ODU's head coach. She has cemented her status as one of the elite coaches throughout intercollegiate athletics.

Jack Ankerson
Class of 2010

Jack Ankerson has spent more than 30 years on the sports scene in Hampton Roads. He has served as an administrator and broadcaster with the ABA's Virginia Squires, the Norfolk Tides baseball team and Old Dominion University. He has also served on the Hampton Roads Sports Commission. His voice is well known to sports fans throughout the region.

Roger Brown
Class of 2011

Roger was born in Surry County and grew up in Newport News. He played college football at Maryland-Eastern Shore and was inducted in 2009 into the College Football Hall of Fame. He was a member of the Detroit Lions and the famous "Fearsome Foursome" for the Los Angeles Rams. Roger managed 6 sacks of QB Bart Starr, in a stunning Thanksgiving Day 1962 defeat of the, then, unbeaten Green Bay Pacjers. The game is still, to this day, considered one of the best individual games by a pro defensive lineman.

Blake Cullen
Class of 2011

Blake Cullen was a star baseball and basketball at St. Vincent's High School in Akron - years later a young man named Lebron James would also star there. Blake started in sports as the Chicago Cubs' traveling secretary, a position he held for ten years. He spent ten more years as Administraor of the National League - the number two man to League President Chub Feeney. In 1989, Blake brought hockey to Hampton Roads in the form of an East Coast Hockey League franchise, the Hampton Roads Admirals. 6,200 screaming fans showed up for the team's first exhibition game! Blake sold the Admirals following the 1995-96 season but not after he established hockey as a strong spectator sport for Hampton Roads.

Anne Donovan
Class of 2009

Anne Donovan starred at Old Dominion University in the late 1970s on her way to perhaps the most outstanding career in women’s basketball history. Donovan led ODU to two national titles and earned national player of the year honors. She still holds school records for career points (2,719) and rebounds (1,976) and the national record for blocked shots (801). She won two Olympic gold medals as a player and one as a head coach, and she has won a WNBA title as a head coach.

Lefty Driesell
Class of 2008

Charles "Lefty" Driesell is a Norfolk native who played at Granby High School and at Duke. In 41 years as a college basketball coach at Davidson, Maryland, James Madison and Georgia State, Driesell had a career record of 786-394. Driesell was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

Kenny Easley
Class of 2010

Kenny Easley, a gradaute of Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake, was a three-time All-American at UCLA and an All-Pro defensive back for the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL. He was chosen the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year for 1983-84. He is currently a successful businessman in Norfolk.

Jim Jarrett
Class of 2009

Jim Jarrett has served as athletic director at Old Dominion University since 1970. Under his leadership in the 1970s, ODU became one of the first colleges in the nation to commit to developing women’s sports programs. He oversaw ODU’s move to Division I and was instrumental in the hiring of many coaches who have gone on to great NCAA success. The school has won 25 national titles during his tenure.

Henry Jordan
Class of 2009

The late Henry Jordan, who grew up in Newport News and graduated from Warwick High School, was a cornerstone of the NFL’s first dynasty, anchoring the defensive line of the Green Bay Packers team that won the first two Super Bowls. He played in four Pro Bowls and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. At University of Virginia, he also was national runner-up in his weight class as a wrestler. Jordan died in 1977.

Wendy Larry
Class of 2011

Wendy Larry's career at Old Dominion spanned more than 30 years, as one of the first women student-athletes to receive a grant-in-aid to ODU, as a graduate and assistant coach, and as the head coach of the Lady Monarchs from 1987-2011. She became the 20th all-time coach to win 600 career games in December, and completes her tenure at ODU with a 608-234 overall record and 559-203 slate at ODU. Larry's teams reached 20 NCAA Tournaments, captured a NCAA record setting 17-straight Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Titles from 1992-2008, and advanced to the championship game of the NCAA tournament in 1997.

Jimmye Laycock
Class of 2010

Jimmye Laycock has been the head football coach at the College of William and Mary since 1980, leading the Tribe 200 victories, 20 winning seasons and 10 postseason appearances. He previously played quarterback at William and Mary under coaches Marv Levy and Lou Holtz.

Nancy Lieberman
Class of 2008

Nancy Lieberman became one of the first stars of women's college basketball during a stellar career at Old Dominion University, winning two national titles there. Lieberman is currently an analyst for ESPN. She is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.

Billy Martin, Sr.
Class of 2008

The late Billy Martin, Sr. is regarded as the patriarch of Virginia scholastic wrestling. His teams at Granby High School won 21 state championships in 22 seasons. A wrestling innovator, Martin developed the wrestling move known as "The Granby Roll," which has become a standard maneuver in amateur wrestling. He is a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Tony Mercurio
Class of 2010

Tony Mercurio is a longtime broadcater and radio personality with a popular drive-time sports talk show for 24 years. He has long associations with Old Dominion University and the Norfolk Tides. He has been named the area's sportscaster of the year 14 times. He established the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.

Alonzo Mourning
Class of 2009

Alonzo Mourning, who grew up in Chesapeake and starred at Indian River High School, starred for 16 seasons in the NBA and won an Olympic gold medal despite needing a kidney transplant at age 33. After an outstanding collegiate career at Georgetown, he went on to an NBA career in which he scored 14,311 points and had 7,137 rebounds. Throughout his career he has devoted considerable time and money to high-profile charity work in Hampton Roads and across the nation.

Ace Parker
Class of 2008

Clarence "Ace" Parker was a star in five sports at Woodrow Wilson High School in Portsmouth. Parker went on to play college basketball, baseball and football at Duke University. After a brief stint as a professional baseball player with the Philadelphia A's, Parker became a star professional quarterback with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Boston Yanks and New York Yankees. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Dick Price
Class of 2011

Dick Price, born in the Norfolk neighborhood of Lamberts Point, was Norfolk State's winningest football coach. His teams compiled a 61-42-4 record between 1974 and 1983 and won three consecutive Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships in the mid- '70s. In 1997, the school named its new football stadium after him.Price, who served as director of athletics after leaving coaching, also led the school's track team to Division II national championships in 1973 and '74. Dick Price passed away in 2009.

Dave Rosenfield
Class of 2008

Dave Rosenfield's name is synonymous with sports in Hampton Roads. Rosenfield has been the General Manager of Tides baseball since 1962. He has also been a football GM with the Norfolk Neptunes, in hockey with the Tidewater Sharks in the 70's, and in pro basketball with the ABA's Virginia Squires. He is in the International League Hall of Fame.

Ricky Rudd
Class of 2010

Ricky Rudd, who was born and raised in Chesapeake, won 23 races in his NASCAR career. He holds the NASCAR records for consecutive starts (788) and consecutive seasons with at least one victory (16).

Bruce Smith
Class of 2008

Bruce Smith was a star football player at Booker T. Washington High School and Virginia Tech before becoming the top pick in the 1985 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. Smith retired in 2004 as the NFL's all-time career sacks leader with 200. He was voted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

Mike Smith
Class of 2010

Mike Smith, longtime football coach at Hampton High School, is the winningest coach in state history. He has more than 400 career victories and 11 state championships and has coached many players who went on to outstanding college and professional careers.

Dwight Stephenson
Class of 2011

Dwight is a graduate of Hampton High school ,an All-American center at the University of Alabama and an NFL Hall of Fame lineman for the Miami Dolphins. Dwight had the distinction of playing for three of the winningest coaches at their respective levels - Mike Smith at Hampton High School, Paul "Bear" Bryant at Alabama and Don Shula of the Miami Dolphins - the ONLY 3 he ever played for!

Curtis Strange
Class of 2009

Curtis Strange, who was born in Norfolk and graduated from Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach, won two U.S. Open championships and was one of the top professional golfers of his generation. He won 17 PGA tour events and was the first player ever to win $1 million in tour purses in a single calendar year. He played on five Ryder Cup teams and captained the U.S. team in 2002. He was the longtime resident touring pro at Kingsmill in Williamsburg.

Towny Townsend
Class of 2009

The late Marvin “Towny” Townsend, who grew up in Norfolk and later lived in Chesapeake, established the groundbreaking AAU baseball program that helped establish Hampton Roads as a hotbed of Major League Baseball talent. Through his AAU program and his camps, Townsend helped shape the careers of such future stars as David Wright, Michael Cuddyer and B.J. and Justin Upton. After his own career in minor-league baseball, Townsend was a successful coach at Virginia Wesleyan College, Lake Taylor High School and Greenbrier Christian Academy. Townsend died in 2007.

Pernell "Sweatpea" Whitaker
Class of 2010

Pernell "Sweetpea" Whitaker, born and raised in Norfolk, is considered to be one of the greatest boxers of all time. He won an Olympic gold medal in 1984 and held professional titles in four weight classes. At his peak, he was considered to be the best "pound-for-pound" fighter in the world. After his retirement from the ring, he remained in Norfolk to work with young boxers.

Boo Williams
Class of 2008

Boo Williams grew up in Hampton and was a star basketball player at Phoebus High School and St. Joseph's University. He founded Boo Williams AAU Basketball in Hampton in 1982. It has since grown into one of the top development programs in the nation. Williams has coached NBA stars Alonzo Mourning, Allen Iverson, Joe Smith and Bryant Stith.

About the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame

The Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame was established in 2008 to honor athletes, coaches and administrators who made contributions to sports in Southeastern Virginia.

Selections to the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame are made yearly, beginning with an online vote on an initial list of sixty nominees. Inductees are then selected from a list of finalists by the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame Committee.

The Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame is located in the lobby, ground floor, of Harbor Park.

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