November 11, 2013
On Saturday, November 9, the Hampden-Sydney College Athletics Hall of Fame inducted four new members. Included in the Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2013 are former lacrosse, soccer, and football greats, and a staple of the athletics department for the past 44 years. The four man class features lacrosse standout Tom Oast '00, soccer star Josh Dickens ’02, football record holder Chris Scott ’03, and head equipment manager Earl Ross.
Tom Oast is regarded as one of the best lacrosse defensemen to play at Hampden-Sydney. Oast was a four-year letter winner from 1997 to 2000 while helping the Tigers to an ODAC Championship in 1998 and NCAA appearances in 1998 and 1999. As a junior, Oast earned First Team All-ODAC and Third Team All-America honors. He topped his junior year by earning First Team All-ODAC and First Team All-America honors while being named the 2000 ODAC Player of the Year. In addition, Oast led the nation in ground balls that season with 123 – a mark that ranks second all time in school history.
Josh Dickens remains one of just two soccer players in school history to earn All-Region honors three times. Dickens was named First Team All-Region as a sophomore and Second Team as a junior and senior. In addition, he earned First Team All-ODAC honors in all three of those seasons. Currently, his 89 career points and 23 career assists rank fourth all-time in school history while his 33 goals are the fifth best in school history. In 2000, Dickens notched 32 points with ten assists, mark that is still sixth and eighth best, respectively, on the program list.
Defensive back Chris Scott was a two-time All-American and three-time First Team All-ODAC pick for the Tigers from 1999-02. Scott’s career mark of 20 interceptions is still an ODAC record. He was the ODAC leader in interceptions in 2000, 2001, and 2002 while recording over 400 return yards. In addition, Scott tallied 242 tackles, including a career-high 91 as a sophomore. In 2002, the two-time team captain also helped lead the Tigers to their first winning season since 1993.
Head equipment manager Earl Ross has been a staple in the Hampden-Sydney athletic department since 1969 and has kept the department running for over 40 years while interacting with and making an impact on a countless number of student-athletes. Ross has dedicated much of his life to the College while taking great pride in his work and helping keep the Hampden-Sydney facilities in the best shape possible. Ross is often seen as the department’s unsung hero.
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.
Picture: Left to Right: Oast, Ross, Scott, Dickens