HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-Hampden-Sydney College and the Athletics Hall of Fame announce its 30th class to be inducted Saturday, November 4, 2017, at 11 am in the Kirk Athletic Center. Included in the Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2017 are football and wrestling star Ray Dodson '69, football and basketball captain Brent Rusnak '98, tennis standout 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 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.
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.
Patrick Gee had an impressive tennis career for the Tigers, starting all four years at number-one singles. As a freshman, he finished second in the ODAC in number one singles and third in number one 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 number one singles. Gee broke through as a junior, winning the number one 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 number one singles championship.
Rick Bagby was a standout goal keeper 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 AD 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. 17 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 be 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.
The Hampden-Sydney College 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.