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The WVU Athletic HOF Announces their 28th Class

At Notinhalloffame.com we are interested in how the major universities induct in their athletic Halls of Fame. As such it is news to us that the 28th class of West Virginia University has been announced.

Here are the 11 members of the Class of 2018:

Kate Bulger, Women’s Basketball 1981-84: The sister of former Mountaineers Quarterback Marc Bulger. Kate averaged 15.1 Points per Game for WVU and she never missed a game. Her 1,732 Points is sixth all-time in university history. She is also first in Mountaineer history in Three Point Field Goals Made.

Jon Capon, Men’s Soccer 1978-81: Capon was the team’s goalkeeper and he compiled 28 Shutouts with a 1.17 Goals Against Average over his career at WVU. He was the team captain for three years.

Avon Cobourne, Football 1999-2002: Cobourne is the only Mountaineer to rush for four 1,000 Yard Seasons and holds the University records in Rushing Yards in a career (5,164) and in a season (1,710) and is a two time First Team Big East Selection. He would go on to have a career in the Canadian Football League and was an All Star in 2009.

Mike Gansey, Men’s Basketball 2004-06: Gansey started all 68 Games of his WVU career, which in those two seasons would see the team go to the Elite Eight and Sweet Sixteen respectively. He would be named First Team Big East and averaged 14.4 Points per Game as a Mountaineer. In his senior year Gansey was a Finalist for the Oscar Robertson Award, John R. Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy.

Tom Keane, Football 1946-47: Keane had already been a letterman in Football at Ohio State where he helped them go undefeated in 1944. He would serve in the Navy and return to the United States where he would enroll at West Virginia and play for the Mountaineers for two years. He would later play eight years in the NFL where he was a Champion with the Los Angeles Rams in 1951 and was a Pro Bowl Selection in 1953 when he was playing with the Baltimore Colts. He would also win two Super Bowl rings with the Miami Dolphins as their Defensive Backs Coach.

Larry Krutko, Football 1955-57: Krutko played Fullback and Linebacker in his three years at WVU and he would also assist the Mountaineers win two Southern Conference Titles. He would play three seasons in the National Football League with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Eleanor Lamb, Administration 1958-2013: Lamb worked her way from Secretary to Assistant Athletic Director over her 55 year career.

Bev Plocki, Women’s Gymnastics 1985-87: Plocki competed for three years leading WVU to three appearances in the NCAA Regional Championship while compiling a 23 win season in 1985. Plocki would achieve much greater success as the head coach of the University of Michigan women’s gymnastics team where in 29 years she has won 23 Big Ten Titles.

Steve Slaton, Football 2005-07: Slaton was West Virginia’s primary Running Back for three years and he would eclipse 1,000 Rushing Yards in all of them. His sophomore season was by far his best, as he would rush for 1,744 Yards, which was third overall in the nation. He would finish fourth in Heisman Trophy voting that year. More notably to Mountaineers fans, Slaton would help West Virginia win the Sugar Bowl (’06) where he was named the game’s MVP. He would play in the NFL for five years.

Pat White, Football 2005-08: White made Mountaineer football history as he became the first college Quarterback to start and win four straight bowl games (2006 Sugar, 2007 Gator, 2008 Fiesta and 2008 Meineke Car Care). White threw for over 10,000 Yards and would rush for 4,480, which at the time was the most for any college Quarterback. He was a three time First Team All Big East Selection (2006-08).

Web Wright, Shooting 1985-89: Wright was a seven time All-American and was a two time National Champion. He would represent the U.S. at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the 28th Class of the West Virginia Athletic Hall of Fame.

West Virginia announces their 2020 HOF Class

Regular visitors of Notinhalloffame.com know that we are slowly working on the top 50 of every major team in the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB.  Once that is done, we intend to look at how each team honor their past players, coaches and executives. Eventually, we are going to get to that of the Division I schools, and conferences.  As such, it is news the University of West Virginia has announced their Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2020.

This group comprises of eleven new members.  Due to COVID-19, there will be no 2020 ceremony, and they will be officially inducted alongside the Class of 2021.

The eleven new members are:

Janae (Cox) Asbury, Women’s Gymnastics 2004-07:  Cox was a three-time First Team All-American and three-time individual qualifier at the NCAA Championship.  Nobody in Mountaineer history has more career Points (2,070.65), and also holds program records in meets (50).

Da’Sean Butler, Men’s Basketball 2007-10:  Butler is third all-time in WVU in Points (2,095), and was a Second Team All-American in 2010.  Averaging 14.3 Points per Game, Butler took the Mountaineers to an NIT Championship in 2007, and a Final Four in 2010.

J.D. Drummonds, Women’s Basketball 1980-81:  Drummonds scored 1,160 Points and averaged 21.0 Points per Game in the 1981 Season, which is second all-time for WVU.  

Jedd Gyorko, Baseball 2008-10:  Playing at Second Base and Shortstop, Gyorko has the school record for Home Runs (35) and Batting Average (.404).  Gyorko was a First Team All-American as a Senior, and he went on to play eight seasons in the Majors.

Dick Leftridge, Football 1963-65:  Leftridge played at Fullback and rushed for 1,701 Yards and 21 Touchdowns.  He helped lead the team to Sothern Conference Championships in 1964 and 1965, and he later played one year as a Pittsburgh Steeler.

John McGrath, Men’s Soccer Coach 1969-95:  McGrath took the Mountaineers to five NCAA Tournaments and had a career record of 202-181-45.

Tony Robertson, Men’s Basketball 1976-77:  Robertson scored 1,026 Points over two years with an 18.0 Points per Game Average.  He would later play two seasons in the NBA.

John Rost, Men’s Rifle 1979-82:  Rost won the NCAA Air Rifle event in 1981 and 1982 and he would later represent the United States at the 1984 Olympics.

Clara (Grandt) Santucci, Women’s Track & Field 2005-10:  Grandt won All-American honors in three different disciplines.  Her specialty was the 10,000 Meter.

Tom Shafer, Baseball 1960-62:  Shafer had a 1.69 ERA over 125 Innings, and he was a First Team All-Southern Conference Selection twice.

Ron Wolfley, Football 1981-84:  Wolfley helped the Mountaineers win three Bowls (1981 Peach, 1983 Hall of Fame and 1984 Bluebonnet) and he rushed for 1,296 Yards and 10 Touchdowns.  He would later earn four Pro Bowls in the NFL.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the eight new members of the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame.

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