The banquet started off with a welcome from President Chris Howard followed by the invocation from senior captain Patrick Corrigan (Richmond, VA/Collegiate) and then dinner. Roundball Club President Dave Wilson presented his opening remarks and segued into the main attraction for the night: the honoring of the 2002-03 Final Four team.
Head Coach Dee Vick gave a short speech about the team and introduced William & Mary Head Coach Tony Shaver, the head coach of the 2002-03 Hampden-Sydney team and an H-SC Hall of Famer. Shaver recounted several inspiring and also funny stories about the team and their path to the Final Four. Following Shaver's speech was Marcus Gregory '03, the senior point guard for the 2003 team and the current head coach at the Fuqua School. Gregory delivered an outstanding speech that touched on nearly every human emotion and was rightly followed by a lengthy standing ovation at its conclusion.
Senior captain Harrison George (Raleigh, NC/Leesville) gave a wonderful speech on the team's season outlook and also his experience as a Tiger while senior captain Randall Ward (Richmond, VA/John Marshall) finished the evening with closing remarks and benediction.
This year's banquet set a new attendance record with over 230 people in addition to also setting a new record for funds raised. The banquet was a tremendous way to set the tone for what many people are expecting to be a tremendous success.
"This was a great night for Hampden- Sydney College. It is a lot of fun to spend time with our fans and former basketball players. Those in attendance will remember this night forever. We are so fortunate to have so many loyal supporters including the advisory board of the Roundball Club," said Head Coach Dee Vick. "We also owe a special amount of gratitude to our Roundball Club president Dave Wilson '63 and Jim Alexander '76 for their leadership and results driven approach to a successful evening."
The Tigers open their season with an exhibition contest at home against Division II St. Augustine's on Monday at 7 pm. The regular season begins on November 17 at Washington College. The first regular season home game will be November 24 vs. Emory & Henry at 2 pm.