VMI Sports Hall of Fame to Induct Seven September 13
Courtesy: VMIKeydets.com  
Release: 07/31/2013
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LEXINGTON, Va. - Six former athletes and one prominent alumnus who served in coaching and support roles in the athletic department will be officially inducted into the Virginia Military Institute Sports Hall of Fame Friday night, September 13, at a dinner to be held at Marshall Hall, the Center for Leadership and Ethics on the VMI Post. The dinner kicks off a weekend of Hall of Fame festivities that include recognition of the inductees during a full Review Corps of Cadets parade Saturday morning, September 14, and a ceremony at halftime of the VMI-North Greenville football game later that afternoon at Foster Stadium. For more information on the Hall of Fame dinner and weekend activities, go to www.vmi.edu or click on the link to the left of the page.

The 2013 VMI Sports Hall of Fame inductees are listed below with expanded biographical capsules to follow.

ADAM BRITT ’03 (Wrestling)  -  Finished his career as VMI's all-time victory leader with 121 wins over his four years…three-time Southern Conference Champion and 2002-03 SoCon Wrestler of the Year.

Al COMER ’86 (Football)  – Three-year starter at quarterback for VMI in the mid 80’s…holds the school season record for most pass completions in a season (185-1985) and also holds the top season mark for passing yardage with 2,380 yards in 1985.

JOHNNY GARNETT ’78  (Football) – Versatile receiver and defensive back on Coach Bob Thalman’s football teams of the mid 70’s and was a key performer on two Southern Conference Championship squads.

DAVID GROSECLOSE ’95 (Baseball)  - Graduated as the school’s all-time career leader in stolen bases with 100 bagged …a first team All-Southern Conference selection at shortstop in 1995 and was second team All-Southern Conference selection at shortstop in 1993 and 1994.

BEN JUDGE '80 (Track)  - Outstanding sprinter on Coach Wade Williams track squads… led VMI to the 1980 State Indoor title setting a meet record in the 400 meters and running a leg on the winning 1600 meter relay team... won the same two events in the 1980 SoCon Conference Indoor meet, setting a new record in the mile relay.

KENNY REEDER ’63 (Football)  - Was a back and receiver on several of the great Coach John McKenna teams of the early 60’s… led the team in receiving for two consecutive years – 26 catches for 323 yards in 1961 and 12 catches for 159 yards and two touchdowns in 1962.

DON JAMISON ’57 (Special Citation) – Former VMI Tennis Coach, Academic  Advisor and Civil Engineering Professor Emeritus… Served as VMI tennis coach at VMI from 1968 to 1984 and supervised academic advising for cadet-athletes for an eight-year tenure.

EXPANDED INDUCTEE CAPSULES:

ADAM BRITT ’03 (Wrestling) - Culminated an outstanding wrestling career with a 30-6 overall record his senior season and was named the Southern Conference Wrestler of the Year. For the second consecutive year, he qualified for the NCAA Championships by winning the SoCon at his 157 lb. weight class after also capturing it in 2002. He finished his career as VMI's all-time victory leader with 121 over his four years. Britt in 2003 led the team in pins (8) and technical falls (6). He won two titles in the  Virginia Intercollegiate State Championships and captured three All-Academy Championships…also won the SoCon title at 149 in 2001…led the Southern Conference in wins as a sophomore with 30… led team in pins as a freshman with eight…took first place in the 2002 Bloomsburg Invitational at 157 lbs…In the classroom, he excelled as a Civil Engineering major and was named 2003 Verizon Academic All-America Men’s at-large third team – one of only 43 nationally to receive that distinction…was a VMI Distinguished graduate and was named to the Southern Conference Academic honor roll three years…was also an academic all-district selection in 2002.

J. ALVIN (AL) COMER ’86 (Football)  – Three-year starter at quarterback for VMI from the 1983 through 1985 seasons…holds the school season record for most pass completions in a season (185-1985) and also holds the top season mark for passing yardage with 2,380 yards in 1985…on the career lists, he ranks fourth in career passing yardage in VMI history with 4,050 yards and also fourth in career passing completions (337)…also ranks fifth among VMI players in career total offense (4,050 yards)…named Southern Conference Player of the Week when he rushed for three touchdowns including a score as time expired in the fourth quarter  which set-up a two-point conversion run and a 39-38 win over William & Mary in 1985, VMI’s most recent win over the Tribe…Roanoke Times sportswriter Jack Bogacyzk called it the ’85 VMI-William & Mary game the “greatest college football game he had ever witnessed.”… awarded the Henry Fairfax Ayers ‘06 Award in 1985 as the team’s Most Valuable Player. 

JOHNNY GARNETT ’78  (Football) -Was a starter throughout his career playing three different positions…played strong safety his first two years…was first team All-State and honorable mention All-Southern Conference as a freshman on VMI’s 7-4 Southern Conference Championship team and had three pass interceptions and 87 tackles that season…was honorable mention All-Southern Conference as a sophomore , but switched to offense in 1976 where he had immediate impact as a wide receiver…he led a run oriented team in receiving in 1976 and 1977 with 45 catches for 687 yards and three touchdowns and the running game dominated offense limited his chances for post season honors…his 84-yard catch against Furman gave VMI a 31-28 victory and a share of the Southern Conference title…lettered in three sports as a freshman and played in 25 basketball games in 1974-75 averaging 6.0 points and 2.4 rebounds…also lettered in track…following the 1977 season he was selected the Outstanding Collegiate Athlete in the State by the Penisula Sports Club…Coach Thalman said of Garnett, “If we had been able to keep him in one place, I know he would have received more honors, but he was always willing to make a move for the good of the team.”

DAVID GROSECLOSE ’95 (Baseball)  - Graduated as the school’s all-time career leader in stolen bases with 100 bagged between the 1992 and 1995 seasons…a first team All-Southern Conference selection at shortstop in 1995 and was second team All-Southern Conference selection at shortstop in 1993 and 1994…led the conference in stolen bases with a school record 33 in 1995 and posted 31 stolen bases the previous year…also led the Southern Conference in ’95 in runs scored per game (1.09) and batted .341 that year to rank sixth in the Southern Conference in batting…was a 1993 Southern Conference tournament team selection and helped the lead the team to the championship round and a second-place finish…drafted in the 22nd round by the Colorado Rockies in the June 1995 draft, and played two years of minor league baseball in the Rockies chain.

BEN JUDGE '80 (Track)  -  Lettered four years in track and had a tremendous senior season... showed promise early with a win in the Southern Conference 200 meter (Outdoor) and was a member of the winning Mile Relay team his sophomore season as VMI won both the Southern Conference and State championships... he did not score any first places as a junior in the S.C. or State on an extremely strong team which won Indoor and Outdoor Conference crowns... his senior year, however, he led VMI to the State Indoor title setting a meet record in the 400 meters and running a leg on the winning 1600 meter relay team... won the same two events in the Conference Indoor, setting a new S.C. record in the mile relay... qualified for the NCAA nationals as a member of that relay team and also individually with a time of 48.26 in the 440 yards... though VMI was narrowly defeated by Virginia Tech in the State Outdoor, Judge won the 400 meters and was on the winning mile relay team... during the outdoor season he set the VMI record in the 200 meter dash (20.8)... recipient of the 1980 Hardin Massie Award given to the VMI track and field athlete who  best  exemplifies the "Spirit of VMI."

KENNY REEDER ’63 (Football)  - Was a back and receiver on several of the great McKenna teams of the early 60’s and put up some eye-catching numbers…he led the team in receiving for two consecutive years – 26 catches for 323 yards in 1961 and 12 catches for 159 yards and two touchdowns in 1962…his 1961 statistics ranked highly in the Southern Conference and nationally – his 26 receptions tied for the lead on the SC that year and his 323 yards ranked second in the SC…he also intercepted four passes in 1961 and returned one for a touchdown, and his 17.9 yards in punt returns ranked 19th in the nation…he also threw a five-yard TD pass that beat Va. Tech in 1961…lettered two years at halfback, then was shifted to split end and lettered there…lettered in baseball in 1962.

DON JAMISON ’57 (Special Citation) – Former VMI Tennis Coach,  Academic  Advisor and Civil Engineering Professor Emeritus… Served as VMI tennis coach at VMI from 1968 to 1984 and supervised academic advising for cadet-athletes for an eight-year tenure that ended in 2002…has recently served as assistant to the athletic director…taught civil engineering at the Institute for nearly 40 yards and served as head of the civil engineering department from 1971 to 1978 and 1984 to 1991..led VMI tennis to a 17-win season in 1981…his expertise as both an educator and coach greatly benefited VMI athletics  and provided guidance and direction to the betterment of the cadet-athlete experience and for coaches who sought his advice.


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