The Virginia Tech Sports activities Corridor of Fame inducted seven new members to signify the 2022 class at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Convention Heart on Friday night.
By including a pair of NCAA champions, two Tremendous Bowl champions and a number of ACC title holders, the coveted membership continues to develop in each status and custom, growing the extent of hierarchy for these fortunate sufficient to have earned a plaque to hold excessive on the partitions of the Cassell Coliseum concourse.
Chosen to additional engrain themselves into the forefront and basis of Virginia Tech athletics, the spectacular Class of 2022 consists of former Virginia Tech quarterback Bruce Arians, two-time ACC champion Kam Chancellor, former Tech soccer power and conditioning coach Mike Gentry, three-time All-American weight-thrower Dorotea Habazin, 2006 Dudley Award recipient Vince Corridor, two-time nationwide champion weight-thrower Marcel Lomnický and six-time ACC champion swimming and diving standout Sara Smith.
“[This is] fairly an honor, particularly to face alongside so lots of the earlier inductees and different people which might be right here tonight,” exclaimed Smith, a former All-American honoree within the pool again in 2007. “To have the ability to signify swimming and diving and to have the ability to signify Virginia Tech, particularly with my household…it is an honor.”
Smith excelled within the 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter freestyle and 200-meter freestyle relay throughout her time in Blacksburg, all of which she broke college data in. And following her last season placing on the goggles, she left Tech as each the quickest swimmer in program and ACC historical past to cap off a exceptional profession.
“[To be] honored like this…it is a testomony to the physique of labor displayed over time right here and all of the laborious work put in,” added Chancellor, a two-time All-Professional participant with the Seattle Seahawks. “If you dedicate plenty of [that work] into your craft and to this sport, it simply means quite a bit. I am glad to have the ability to get honored right here at Virginia Tech.”
Chancellor recorded 208 whole tackles throughout his time suiting up for the maroon and orange, including 4 Professional Bowl appearances to a robust listing of accolades after departing the Hokies’ secondary after a robust four-year profession.
Corridor, a former four-year starter throughout his time within the New River Valley, holds the Virginia Tech document for consecutive video games began with 44 straight suiting up on the soccer area. Arians, who laced it up for Tech from 1971-74, spent eight seasons within the head coach’s chair on the NFL stage that included a Tremendous Bowl championship with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Gentry, a member of the USA Power and Conditioning Corridor of Fame, served the maroon and orange for 29 key seasons throughout the development of former head coach Frank Beamer’s program from 1987-2015.
Transferring away from the gridiron, Lomnický completed his collegiate profession as some of the completed athletes in Tech historical past, showing within the Olympics thrice and turning into the third Hokie to win a number of NCAA titles in 2012 together with his weight throw championship. Habazin’s accomplishments on the monitor stay historic, too. The Croatia native was simply the second girl to ever win a nationwide title at Virginia Tech, claiming a powerful 4 ACC titles, together with three within the hammer throw and one within the weight throw all through her novice profession.
“I feel it is unbelievable to get all these ex-players again into city in the beginning,” stated Mike Burnop, an inductee of the Virginia Tech Sports activities Corridor of Fame’s Class of 2000. “This explicit class is so cool as a result of, sure, there’s 4 football-related folks. You consider the nice job Mike Gentry did right here with Coach Beamer. Kam Chancellor had an important profession right here and within the NFL, Bruce Arians….Vince Corridor. However, you even have monitor and area, swimming and diving, all [different sports]…it covers the entire realm.
“It is good to get them again. They are saying, That is Residence, and it is good to get them again residence.”
The time period, That is Residence, reigns true at every occasion related to Virginia Tech athletics. Particularly an evening like this that is a end result of laborious work, dedication and accomplishment that brings everybody again into the inner-circle that surrounds Tech athletics and really brings many from close to and much again residence.
Take Arians’ phrases for instance. The previous record-breaking quarterback and star signal-caller has been to a large number of locations all through his teaching profession. However night time’s like these function a reminder for what is really residence for the two-time AP NFL Coach of the 12 months.
“[This is] someplace [where I have] nice recollections that can by no means go away,” Arians defined. “I spent seven years right here, seven of the best years ever. It is at all times crucial to return again right here…it means the world. You are a Hokie for all times.”
The seven-member class will increase the Virginia Tech Sports activities Corridor of Fame to a complete of 218 members. The corridor of fame, which was established in 1982, is situated on the south finish of the Cassell Coliseum ambulatory. The seven new members shall be acknowledged at halftime of Saturday’s soccer sport vs. Georgia Tech.
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