VMI Sports Hall of Fame Weekend
Update: Sept. 10, 2013 -- Due to exceptionally high ticket requests for the 2013 VMI Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony and banquet, tickets are not expected to be available at the door. Those who wish to attend should contact the Protocol Office at 540-464-7784 immediately.
LEXINGTON, Va., July 31, 2013 – The 2013 VMI Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony and banquet will take place on Friday, Sept. 13, in Marshall Hall. Cocktails will begin at 6 p.m., with introductions beginning at approximately 6:45.
The ceremony and banquet are open to the public. Tickets may be purchased through the VMI Protocol Office at 540-464-7784. The cost is $30 per person. Checks (payable to VMI Sports Hall of Fame) should be sent in advance to the VMI Protocol Office, 303A Letcher Ave., Lexington, VA 24450. Tickets will be sent upon receipt of payment.
For overnight accommodations, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Wingate Inn (540-464-8100) and the Best Western Lexington Inn (540-458-3020). Cut-off date for these rooms is Aug.15.
On Saturday, Sept. 14, the 2013 inductees will take the review with VMI Superintendent Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III at the 10:30 a.m. parade by the Corps of Cadets. The inductees will also be honored at halftime of the football game with North Greenville (kickoff 1:30 p.m.).
Game tickets can be purchased through the VMI Ticket Office at 540-464-7266 or online at www.vmi.edu (click on “athletics” and “purchase tickets”).
2013 Sports Hall of Fame inductees are as follows:
Kenneth R. Reeder ’63, football – Kenny Reeder was a back and receiver on several of the great John McKenna teams of the early 1960s and put up some eye-catching numbers. With 26 catches for 323 yards in 1961 and 12 catches for 159 yards and two touchdowns in 1962, he was team leader in receiving for two consecutive years. In 1961 his 26 receptions tied for the lead in the Southern Conference and his 323 yards ranked second. His 17.9 yards in punt returns ranked 19th in the nation. Reeder also lettered in baseball in 1962.
Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Johnny C. Garnett ’78, football – An eclectic athlete, Johnny Garnett was a starter in football throughout his career, beginning as a strong safety his first two years, with first team All-State and honorable mention All-Southern Conference honors as a 4th Class cadet and honorable mention All-Southern Conference as a 3rd Class cadet. The following season he had immediate impact as a wide receiver, leading a run-oriented team in receiving in 1976 and 1977 with 45 catches for 687 yards and three touchdowns. He lettered in three sports in his 4th Class year, playing in 25 basketball games averaging 6.0 points and 2.4 rebounds and after his 3rd Class year in track was selected the Outstanding Collegiate Athlete in the State by the Peninsula Sports Club.
Benjamin M. Judge ’80, track – After showing promise early in his career with wins in the Southern Conference 200 meter (outdoor) and as a member of the mile relay team that won both the Southern Conference and state championships, Ben Judge had a tremendous season his 1st Class year. He led VMI to the state indoor title, setting a meet record in the 400 meters and running a leg for the winning 1,600-meter relay team. He won the same two events in the conference indoor championship, setting a new Southern Conference record in the mile relay and qualifying for and winning the NCAA nationals relay and also 440 yards, with 48.26 seconds. He set the VMI outdoor record in the 200-meter dash (20.8 seconds), and he received the 1980 Hardin Massie Award given to the VMI track and field athlete who best exemplifies the spirit of VMI.
J. Alvin “Al” Comer ’86, football – A three-year starter at quarterback, Al Comer holds the VMI season record for most pass completions (185 in 1985) and passing yardage (2,380 yards in 1985). He ranks fourth in VMI history both in career passing yardage (4,050) and career passing completions (337) and fifth in career total offense (4,050 yards). He was once named Southern Conference Player of the Week when he rushed for three touchdowns including a score as time expired in the fourth quarter, setting up a two-point conversion run and a 39-38 win over the College of William & Mary in 1985. He also received the Henry Fairfax Ayers ’06 Award in his 1st Class year as the team’s Most Valuable Player.
H. David Groseclose ’95, baseball – David Groseclose graduated as the school’s all-time career leader in stolen bases, with 100 bagged between the 1992 and 1995 seasons. He was a first-team All-Southern Conference selection at shortstop in 1995 and second-team All-Southern Conference selection in 1993 and 1994. He led the Southern Conference in 1995 in runs scored per game (1.09) and ranked sixth in Southern Conference batting at .341. In June 1995, he was drafted in the 22nd round by the Colorado Rockies, and then played two years of minor league baseball in the Rockies chain.
Adam N. Britt ’03, wrestling – Adam Britt was VMI’s all-time leader in victories, with 121 over his four years. After achieving a 30-6 record during his 1st Class year, leading the team in pins (8) and technical falls (6), he was named Southern Conference Wrestler of the Year. Also that year, for the second in a row, he qualified for the NCAA Championships by winning the SoCon at his 157-pound weight class. Earlier in his career, he won two titles in the Virginia Intercollegiate State Championships and captured three All-Academy Championships. A strong student as well as an athlete, he was named to the Southern Conference Academic honor roll for three years and was an academic all-district selection in 2002. He was a VMI Distinguished Graduate.
Donald K. Jamison ’57, special citation – Don Jamison served as VMI tennis coach from 1968 to 1984 and supervised academic advising for cadet-athletes during an eight-year tenure that ended in 2002. He has recently served as assistant to the athletic director. He taught civil engineering at the Institute for nearly 40 years and served as head of the civil engineering department from 1971 to 1978 and 1984 to 1991. His expertise as both an educator and a coach greatly benefited VMI athletics and provided valuable guidance and direction to both cadet-athletes and coaches.