The Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame recently welcomed seven new members to represent the class of 2023. The induction ceremony took place at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center on Friday night, honoring these exceptional athletes who have made significant contributions to their respective sports and left a lasting legacy at Virginia Tech.
The class of 2023 comprises former three-sport athlete Bob Bowman, two-time AP All-American Malcolm Delaney, 2014 NFL Draft first-round pick Kyle Fuller, former women’s basketball standout Carrie Mason, basketball star women’s soccer Jazmine Reeves, 2011 ACC Football Player of the Year David Wilson, and three-time national track and field champion Alexander Ziegler.
For Jazmine Reeves, being inducted into the Hall of Fame means everything. As an athlete, she always aimed for big achievements and never imagined this honor. She expressed her gratitude for being recognized and acknowledged the hard work that went into achieving such success. Reeves played a pivotal role in leading the Hokies to their only College Cup berth in 2013 and guiding them past the Sweet 16 for the first time in program history.
Carrie Mason was also overwhelmed by the honor bestowed upon her. Coming from a small town, she found it surreal to be recognized by such a prestigious institution. Mason left Blacksburg as one of the most decorated players in women’s basketball program history and held several records when she graduated in 2006.
Bob Bowman is one of the Hall of Fame’s most versatile inductees. He competed in wrestling, track, and cross country during his time at Virginia Tech. He won consecutive Southern Conference titles in wrestling while also serving as a member of the Corps of Cadets.
Malcolm Delaney had an outstanding career as a member of the men’s basketball program from 2007 to 2011. He remains third all-time in career points (2,255) and assists (543) in program history.
Kyle Fuller, who played for Tech from 2010 to 2013, had a successful football career that led him to become the No. 14 Clearly pick by the Chicago Bears in the 2014 NFL Draft. He earned three All-ACC honors during his time at Virginia Tech.
David Wilson made his mark as a two-sport athlete in both football and track. He achieved All-America performances in both sports and was named the 2011 ACC Football Player of the Year.
Alexander Ziegler is one of only three Virginia Tech student-athletes to have won three or more national championships in track and field. His achievements highlight his excellence and dedication to his sport.
Each new member emphasized their love for Virginia Techits coaches, teammates, and the entire Hokies Athletics family. Their acceptance speeches showcased their gratitude for being part of such a special community that has shaped their lives.
The induction of these seven members brings the total number of members in the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame to 225. The hall of fame, established in 1982, is located at the south end of Cassell Coliseum.
These exceptional athletes will be recognized at halftime during Saturday’s football game against Purdue, further celebrating their remarkable achievements on behalf of Virginia Tech.
According to authoritative sources VT hokiesports.com, Bill Roth, a prominent figure in Tech footballexpressed how each inductee shared their love for Virginia Tech throughout the night. This common theme reminded everyone present how fortunate they are to be part of this incredible athletic family.
For Carrie Mason, being back at Virginia Tech feels like coming home. She considers it her second home and acknowledges how life-changing her time at Virginia Tech has been.
Jazmine Reeves reflects on her four years at Virginia Tech as something incomparable. She cherishes all her memories from that time and is thrilled to return and celebrate with her teammates.
The induction of these seven remarkable individuals into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame is a testament to their extraordinary talent, dedication, and impact on their respective sports. Their achievements will forever be celebrated and serve as inspiration for future generations of Hokies athletes.
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Source: According to authoritative sources.