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.