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Date: April 13, 2004
Contact: Brian Laubscher (540) 458-8676
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Six Individuals to be Honored

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee University has announced the 17th class to be inducted into its Athletic Hall of Fame. Two members, Howard Dobbins '41, '42L and Frank Brooks '46 will be inducted at the University's Five-Star General Dinner on Fri., Oct. 1, while four others, Jack Emmer, David Redmond '66, '69L, Chris Cavalline '83 and Nancy Mitchell Hatcher '92, will be inducted at the Hall of Fame dinner on Fri., Sept. 17. All six will be recognized at the dinner ceremony and at halftime of the football game against Sewanee on Sat., Sept. 18.

Howard Dobbins '41, '42L was a four-year member of the W&L basketball and football teams. As a center on the basketball team, Dobbins led the team in scoring his final three seasons, earning first team all-state honors as a junior and second team all-state accolades as a senior when he served as team captain. Dobbins helped W&L to a state championship as a junior. Dobbins served on the University Athletic Committee and was student body President as a senior.

Frank Brooks '46 was the driving force behind the addition of lacrosse as a varsity sport following World War II. Brooks played lacrosse for two seasons, serving as player-coach in the first varsity season of 1947. He also was named captain for the 1948 squad. Brooks earned Honorable Mention All-America honors and participated in the North-South game following the 1947 season.

Jack Emmer served as lacrosse coach at W&L for 11 seasons, compiling a 108-47 (.697) overall record. He took the Generals to seven NCAA Division I Tournaments, including in each of his first six seasons at the helm. Emmer earned the Babe Krauss Memorial Award as the nation's top collegiate coach following the 1973 and 1974 seasons when he took W&L to the NCAA Semifinals. Emmer, now the head coach at the United States Military Academy, became the sport's all-time winningest coach during the 2003 season when he recorded his 301st victory. Emmer also served as the head coach for Team USA during the 2002 International Lacrosse Federation World Championships in Perth, Austrailia, leading the Americans to a first-place finish.

David Redmond '66, 69L was a four-year letterwinner for the soccer team, serving as team captain during his senior season. As a defender, Redmond twice earned first team all-state and first team all-region honors, the first W&L soccer player to ever repeat all-region accolades. Redmond helped W&L achieve its first-ever NCAA Tournament berth as a junior, leading the Generals to a runner-up finish in the College Division. He was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team and was named the Outstanding Defensive Player in the 1964 VCAA Tournament in which W&L finished second. Redmond helped W&L to a 30-15-6 overall record during his four seasons.

Chris Cavalline '83 was a four-year letterwinner and team captain as a senior for both the football and baseball teams. As a running back and punter in football, Cavalline earned First Team All-ODAC honors his final two seasons and was a second team selection as a sophomore. As a junior, he was named the ODAC Player of the Year and the Richmond Touchdown Club's Small College Offensive Player of the Year. He currently ranks fifth in career rushing yards (1,885) and scoring (154). In baseball, Cavalline earned First Team All-ODAC honors as a senior when he batted .407 with 25 RBI. He never batted lower than .340 in a season and ranks second in career batting average (.364). Cavalline was named W&L's Outstanding Freshman Athlete in 1980 and Outstanding Senior Athlete three years later.

Nancy Mitchell Hatcher '92 was a four-year starter at defender for the women's soccer team, serving as team captain as a senior. A four-time First Team All-ODAC selection, Mitchell Hatcher garnered ODAC Player of the Year honors as a senior, the only women's soccer player to do so. The 1989 W&L Freshman Female Athlete of the Year, Mitchell Hatcher received second team all-south honors as a junior and first team all-state laurels as a senior.

The Washington and Lee University Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1987 by the W&L Alumni Association. The Hall of Fame was designed to honor and memorialize those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Washington and Lee athletics and have helped bring recognition, honor, excellence and distinction to the University and its intercollegiate athletic program.


Contact: Brian Laubscher
Sports Information Director
PO Drawer 928
Lexington, VA 24450
Phone: 540-458-8676