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2017 Hall of Fame Class

Included in the Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2017 is football and wrestling's Ray Dodson '69, football and basketball's star Brent Rusnak '98, tennis' Patrick Gee '06, and special citations Rick Bagby '79 and Ray Rostan.

 

Ray Dodson was an outstanding two-sport athlete, playing defensive end on the football team and grappling at heavyweight for the wrestling team. On the gridiron, Dodson was a three-time All-Mason Dixon selection, a three-time All-Virginia Small College selection, and a 1968 All-American. A captain in 1968, he helped the Tigers to a 1966 Mason-Dixon Conference Championship. On the wrestling mat, he was a two-time Ray Moore Award Winner, given to the most valuable wrestler. He was also given the Otis Bradley Outstanding Wrestler Award Winner and the Outstanding Freshman Athlete Award. He was also a captain of the wrestling team as a senior and held a career record of 34-5-1.

Patrick Gee had an impressive tennis career for the Tigers, starting all four years at #1 singles. As a freshman, he finished second in the ODAC in #1 singles and third in #1 doubles while being named Second Team All-ODAC. That season he was also named the 2003 ODAC Rookie of the Year. As a sophomore, he was named Second Team All-ODAC with a second place finish in #1 singles. Gee broke through as a junior, winning the #1 singles championship while being named the 2005 ODAC Player of the Year to go with First Team All-ODAC honors. He capped off his career with a third-place finish in the #1 singles championship.

Brent Rusnak was a two-sport athlete, letting four years at safety in football and two years in basketball while serving as a team captain to both teams as a senior in 1998. On the football field, Rusnak was a four-time All-ODAC honoree, receiving First-Team honors in both 1995 and 1997. As a senior in 1997, he recorded 139 tackles, four interceptions, five pass breakups, three fumble recoveries, and one touchdown. That year, he was named First Team All-ODAC, Second Team All-South, and was named the Division II-III Defensive Back of the Year by the Richmond Touchdown Club.  For his career, he recorded 316 total tackles and intercepted 14 passes.

Rick Bagby was a standout goalkeeper on some of the college's first lacrosse teams, helping the Tigers to their first winning records at 10-6 in 1977, 10-3 in 1978, and 8-5 in 1979. He was twice named an All-Southern League goalkeeper and as a senior was honored by In the Crease Magazine. His mark on the sport of lacrosse has been immense, boasting a 291-89 record as a high school coach in Massachusetts. Additionally, he helped start youth programs in Marshfield and Duxbury, and he is the owner and founder of 21 Lacrosse youth lacrosse organization. At the collegiate level, he has served as the Athletic Director at Bellarmine and Emerson while helping establish a Division I program at Bellarmine. He has coached club teams at Emerson, Northeastern, and Georgia, and he currently serves as an assistant coach at Babson.

Head Lacrosse Coach Ray Rostan spent 32 seasons at the helm of the Hampden-Sydney Lacrosse program, compiling a record of 302-172 with the Tigers and an overall record of 342-197, ranking him eighth all-time in coaching victories in all NCAA Divisions. Seventeen of Rostan’s teams finished the season with a top-20 national ranking, and he led the Tigers to eight NCAA Tournament appearances and four ODAC Championships. He coached 66 All-Americans, five Academic All-Americans, and has seen 13 players inducted into the Hampden-Sydney Hall of Fame. Rostan has been named the ODAC Coach of the Year five times, most recently in 2016, and was the 1998 and 1999 winner of the Francis "Babe" Kraus Award, given to the National Coach of the Year.