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"It was just horribly tough, unbelievably hard," said Vaughan, who helped narrow a field of more than 100 nominees down to 20 four coaches (Vince Bradford, Jimmie Bryan, Bo Henson and Frances Simpson) and 16 athletes dating back to the Class of 1949 and as recent as 1990 (Ruben Brown). "It was like eating an elephant. You couldn put all of them in."
The process, which started last October, was both agonizing for the present and encouraging for the future, when approximately five new members will be inducted and one team recognized on a semi annual basis.
Glass Hall of Fame inaugural class of inductees: Donna Andrews (1985, golf); John Averett (1968, track); Ronnie Ballard (1957, football); Tommy Berry (1949, football, basketball); Andy Bowling (1963, football, track and field); Vince Bradford (football and track and field coach); Ruben Brown (1990, football, wrestling); Jimmie Bryan (basketball coach); Kirsten Caister Elim (1986, tennis); Bill Chambers (1949, basketball); Carl Crennell (1966, football); Mickey Fitzgerald (1976, football, wrestling, track and field); Billy Futrell (1959, football); Bobby Heald (1964, tennis); Horace "Bo" Henson (football coach); Johnny Palmer (1951 football, basketball, football coach); Wayne Proffitt (1959, basketball); Frances Simpson (girls tennis coach); Tommy Trice (1968, basketball and football); Jimmy Wade (1951, football). at City Stadium. induction ceremony at Oakwood Country Club. Vaughan and his nine member panel had a terrible time trying to pare down the list of inductees, who will be enshrined in a sold out ceremony, Saturday night at the Oakwood Country Club.
"When I first became athletic director, all of our equipment, including team trophies and pictures, was outside in storage bins," said Berry, who salvaged them and had them restored before they were mounted back on the walls and placed back in the trophy cases. "As I began to pull all of this stuff out, half of the pictures were damaged and the trophies were tarnished, but I recognized some of the tremendous athletes and coaches on them and I just realized, don we have a Hall of Fame? After Saturday, Glass will, with Vaughan introducing each inaugural member and Berry handing them their certificates following short acceptance speeches.
"These guys from the 1961 football team, they all going to be 18 years old again on Friday night," Vaughan said, noting they will meet with the current Hilltoppers in the afternoon Converse All Star White High Top before riding a bus to the game that night. "It was a coincidence that the 1961 football team wanted to get together for their 50th anniversary [on the same weekend]. The timing was perfect. It just a natural marriage of the two."
"This guy is really, really special," said Vaughan, who coached Fitzgerald in youth leagues at Rustburg. "He not one of these guys who became a great athlete because of some God given ability. He made himself a great athlete. He just was a hard worker."
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Berry will have the privilege of presenting his basketball coach at Lynchburg College Wayne Proffitt (Glass Class of 1959), still the Hornets all time leading scorer his certificate into the Hall of Fame.
"I sure I have goose bumps when he comes up there, but I give him a big hug when it over," said Berry, recruited by Proffitt out of Albemarle, who stayed in Lynchburg to teach and coach basketball and soccer at Glass. in the Morrison Gym.
After playing in the NFL and USFL for five seasons and becoming a professional Sumo wrestler in Japan, Fitzgerald pioneered and manufactured a system that neurosurgeons use to monitor their patients bodily functions in surgery. Later, after undergoing knee replacement surgery, he started Dynamic Orthodics and Prosthetics in Atlanta, where he established the foundation Mickey Rascals and supports Calvary Children Home in Georgia for abandoned children.
Take Mickey Fitzgerald, for example, who already has a framed jersey from his All American MVP season as a tight end turned fullback at Virginia Tech in the late 1970s, hanging outside Glass weight room, next to a photo of Fitzgerald, nicknamed the Incredible Hulk, turning green and crushing a football.
Glass athletic director Chip Berry came up with the idea for a Hall of Fame during the school $30 million renovation project that included Converse Purple Tie Dye
Most of the Hall of Famers plus members of the 1961 state championship football team, which includes inductee Andy Bowling, will be at the open house to meet the public and display their memorabilia from their 10 0 season. at City Stadium, with members of the 1961 team serving as honorary captains during the pre game coin toss and the Hall of Fame inductees introduced at halftime.
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Glass to induct first Hall of Fame class Saturday
The inaugural class features only three women, including LPGA golfer Donna Andrews (Class of 1985), since female sports weren introduced until the late 1960s, and no alumni who graduated after 1990, but 13 high school or collegiate All Americans.
Saturday night induction ceremony will bring the weekend festivities to a close.
"The ones who have passed away, they have family that are going to be there," Vaughan said. "It going to be a very special and emotional night."
"This was just a godsend because it right between the two gymnasiums and overlooking the tennis courts," Vaughan said of the room located near the concession stand in the school athletic foyer. "It going to be pretty unique. I hoping and praying it done by Converse Shoes For Men Price
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Saturday so everybody who comes to see it can see it."
"It going to be exciting," Vaughan said. "We looking forward to it (though) we just as excited about Saturday afternoon and Friday night. It an incredibly talented and good group of people going into that Hall of Fame. They not only good Converse Leather Trainers Sale
"It was frustrating because you knew you had people that couldn be on there," Vaughan said. "But even though some were left off, you know they are future inductees. So it certainly wasn watered down. The group coming behind them is just as impressive. To know that for years to come, the same level of quality is going to be there with the inductees, that makes you feel really special."
All but one of the surviving members of the inaugural class of inductees state championship basketball player Bill Chambers, who still holds the NCAA record for most rebounds in a game (51 for William Mary against UVa) is expected to be on hand for Saturday ceremony, which sold out in May.
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