Hampden-Sydney College and the Athletics Hall of Fame inducts its 19th class on Saturday, October 28, 2006, at 11 am in Kirby Fieldhouse. Included in the Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2006 are former basketball, football and lacrosse greats and Hampden-Sydney's first-ever soccer coach.
Thom Quarles '66,
Thom Quarles is a member of the prestigious 1,000-point club as he ranks 18th all-time in Hampden-Sydney basketball history with 1,216 career points. Quarles was a three-time All-Little-Eight and three-time All-Mason-Dixon Conference honoree. Quarles averaged double figures in points scored during each of his four seasons. His highlight season came during the 1963-64 campaign, his sophomore year, when he earned first-team All-Little-Eight and All-Mason-Dixon honors during an impressive season in which he led the team and established career highs in points-per-game, 19.5, and rebounds-per-game, 9.5.
Quarles is deceased, but is survived by his wife Beverly and his brother, Greyson Quarles, a 1963 graduate of the College.
David Allen '85,
David Allen was a three-time first team All-ODAC honoree as a linebacker, earning the honor in 1982, 1983, and 1984. He is one of just nine players all-time in Tiger football history to earn first-team all-conference honors three times. Allen played on two ODAC Championship squads, helping Stokeley Fulton's Tigers to back-to-back conference titles in 1982 and 1983. Meanwhile, Allen helped the Tiger defense post five shutouts in four seasons while helping the team climb to number 14 in the national rankings by his senior season.
Allen graduated from the College in 1985 and now lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he is a probation officer for the United States District Court.
Brad Johnson '89,
A lacrosse standout, Brad Johnson ranks sixth all-time in Tiger lacrosse history with 115 career goals and seventh all-time with 167 career points. In 1989, he recorded one of the top single-season efforts of all-time with 68 points, courtesy of 45 goals and 23 assists. He was a two-time first team all-conference honoree as he earned first team All-ODAC honors in 1988 and 1989 and was the ODAC Player of the Year in 1989. Johnson also earned honorable mention All-America honors as an attackman in 1989. The 1989 team won the second ODAC Championship in program history, with a perfect 6-0 record. The team co-captain, Johnson helped lead the 1989 team to the NCAA Final Eight.
As a freshman, Johnson also was a starting member of the varsity wrestling program, during that program's final year as a varsity sport. Johnson is a 1989 graduate of the College and now lives in Denver, Colorado, with his wife Andrea, where he is the director of sales for Newell-Rubbermaid, Incorporated.
Dr. James Young Simms founded the Hampden-Sydney soccer program in 1969 and led the team as head coach for 12 years, phasing the team into the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Simms remains the longest-tenured Tiger soccer coach as his 12 years of service is four years longer than that of any other coach. During that tenure, Simms led the team to 50 victories, including a high-water mark of seven wins during the 1976 season.
Simms earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Maryland and his doctorate from the University of Michigan. He joined the Hampden-Sydney College faculty in 1968 and is currently an Elliott Professor of History.
The Hampden-Sydney Athletic Hall of Fame was created in 1988 and is designed to honor men who have made outstanding contributions to Hampden-Sydney athletics and have helped bring recognition, honor, excellence and distinction to the College and its intercollegiate athletics program. Members are selected annually by the Hall of Fame Committee from nominations submitted by alumni and friends of the College.