HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-Hampden-Sydney College and the Athletics Hall of Fame announce its 28th class to be inducted on Saturday, October 10, 2015, at 11 am in the Kirk Athletic Center. Included in the Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2015 are two-sport standout Bat Barber '92, football record breaker Mac Russell '03, lacrosse All-American Jason Rostan '03, tennis coach Murrie Bates, and one of soccer's founding members, Bill Flowers '71.
Bat Barber holds the basketball record for career assists with 410 and for assists-per-game at 4.2. He earned Second Team All-ODAC honors as a senior and helped the program to its first two ODAC Championships in 1989 and 1992. In ’92, he captained the first Sweet Sixteen team with a 24-6 record and was named the 1992 ODAC Tournament MVP. Additionally, he played lacrosse, earning First Team All-ODAC and Team MVP honors in 1990. Impressively, Barber participated in two NCAA Tournaments in 1989, playing for the basketball and lacrosse teams. His 26 assists as a junior are still tenth best in program history.
Mac Russell was a three year starter and three-time All-ODAC pick at quarterback and graduated with every career and single game passing record except for longest pass play. He finished his three-year career with 6,343 yards, 554 completions, and 53 touchdowns. In his first year, he threw for a then school record 2,393 yards on 212 completions. He also broke the record for most passing yards in a game as a sophomore with 462 against Bridgewater. All three of his single season passing yard totals were the top three in school history at the time, and he helped guide the Tigers to their first winning record since 1993 as a senior while snapping a six game losing streak to Randolph-Macon as a junior in 2001.
Jason Rostan was a two-time All-American being named First Team as a junior and Second Team as a senior. In the conference, he was named the 2002 ODAC Player of the Year and three-time All-ODAC selection (First Team 2002, 03). Rostan helped the Tigers to three NCAA Appearances, a 2001 ODAC Championship, and a program-high 13 wins in 2002. Individually, he currently ranks 16th in career goals (82), 7th in career assists (61), 11th in career points (143), and 4th in career points for a midfielder.
Murrie Bates had a very successful eight year run as the Tigers’ tennis coach. His teams went 80-47 overall and 52-22 in the ODAC while finishing top two in the ODAC for four straight seasons, including going undefeated at 9-0 in 2010. From 2007-2011, Coach Bates guided the Tigers on the best four-year run in program history. The Tigers recorded an overall record or 54-17 and a 33-3 mark in the ODAC, winning the ODAC Championship in 2009 while advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Coach Bates was named the ODAC Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2010 as well as State Coach of the Year in 2009. In total, he placed a student-athlete on the All-ODAC Tennis teams 53 times.
Bill Flowers is considered the father of Hampden-Sydney soccer, being an integral part in starting a club soccer team and taking that club team to NCAA status. Flowers was an impressive winger serving as co-captain of the team for two years. His greatest achievement came from seeking out Hall of Fame coach Jim Simms to coach the team and help make it an NCAA sport in 1969.
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.