Three ODU Greats to be Inducted into Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame
By ODU Athletics
NORFOLK Va. — The Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its class of 2014 including three ODU greats, which will be inducted in October at a banquet at Norfolk Scope.
The seventh induction class for the Hall of Fame consists of soccer coach Al Albert (William and Mary), basketball coach and athletic director Don Forsyth (Virginia Wesleyan), former major-league baseball player Wayne Gomes (Hampton, Old Dominion), NBA Most Valuable Player Allen Iverson (Hampton), Hall of Fame basketball coach Marianne Stanley (Old Dominion) and Olympian and multisport athlete Jan Trombly (Old Dominion).
Al Albert spent 33 years as men’s soccer coach at The College of William and Mary, compiling a record of 401-187-64. He was the eighth coach in NCAA history with 400 victories, and only the third to get 400 at one school.
Don Forsyth was the first full-time employee hired for the Virginia Wesleyan athletic department in 1969. Over 29 years as a coach and administrator, he was instrumental in establishing the entire athletic program and the campus facilities. As men’s basketball coach he won 208 games. His teams won two Dixie Conference titles and made three trips to the national tournament.
Wayne Gomes starred at Phoebus High School and at Old Dominion University, and was a first-round draft pick by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1993. He pitched in 321 major-league games. Gomes currently lives in Hampton, where he has been heavily involved in developing and promoting youth baseball programs, as well as the Peninsula Pilots team in the Coastal Plains League.
Allen Iverson was an electrifying point guard and quarterback who led Bethel High School to state basketball and football championships. He played college basketball at Georgetown, and then went on to a prolific career in the NBA after the Philadelphia 76ers chose him with the first pick in the 1996 draft. He led the NBA in scoring four times and was named league MVP in 2001. Iverson is sixth all-time in career scoring average (26.7 points), and second in postseason scoring average (29.7 points).
Marianne Stanley is a women’s basketball coaching legend who helped put the sport on the national map with the powerhouse team she built at Old Dominion University in the 1970s and ‘80s. Stanley’s teams won three national championships. In her 10 years at ODU her teams went 269-59, and her overall collegiate coaching record is 404-207. In 2002, she was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn.
Jan Trombly played basketball at Old Dominion and averaged 12.1 points per game on the team that won the 1979 national championship. She was later a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic handball team, which tied for fourth place at the Los Angeles Games. She currently operates a gym in Norfolk where she works as a fitness instructor.
This year’s induction banquet is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Norfolk Scope arena. Admission is $60 per person, or $400 for a table of eight. Reservations can be made by calling (757) 622-2222, ext. 101.
For more information on the Hall of Fame, contact chairman Dave Rosenfield at 622-2222, ext. 109.