Davis Yake '08, Assistant Athletic Director
Senior golfer Brian Burt was named a First Team All-American for the second consecutive year while having another strong run in the National Championship. Burt finished 12th in the field of 210 with a total score of 292. His best day was his opening round of 68, and he followed that up with scores of 74, 73, and 77.
Burt earned First Team All-ODAC honors, while sophomore Alex Simmons was named to the Third Team. Simmons averaged 78.1 strokes-per-round, which is 22nd in the conference. His best performance came in the Roanoke College Invitational, in which he placed second.
Hampden-Sydney College and the Athletics Hall of Fame announced its 28th class to be inducted on Saturday, October 10, 2015, at 11 a.m. 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.
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 both the basketball and lacrosse teams. His 26 assists as a junior are still tenth best in program history.
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 of 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.
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, 2003). 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.
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.
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.
Senior baseball standouts Jeff Gray and Spencer Wiles have earned Capital One Academic All-District honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Gray, a 2014 Academic All-District honoree, has already been named the ODAC/Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete of the Year this season. On the field, he's a four-time All-ODAC first baseman. This past season, he batted .311 with a team-high 38 hits while breaking the program record for career hits (194) and RBI (102). In the classroom, the biology major boasts a 3.87 GPA and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Chi Beta Phi honor fraternities.
Wiles is also a biology major with a 3.83 GPA and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Chi Beta Phi. He was also named Second Team All-ODAC this year and Third Team in 2014. He led the team in batting average the last two seasons, including a .371 mark this year. Wiles currently holds the school records for single-season hits (65) and doubles (25), which he set last season.
Six Tigers were named to the Lacrosse All-ODAC team following a 9-7 season and a 6-3 mark in ODAC play.
Midfielder Thomas Armstrong '15 received first-team honors and garnered the most votes for all midfielders for the second year in a row. He was also named an Honorable Mention All-American. Armstrong led the team in goals with 32 and was second in points with 43. He scored at least one goal in 14 of 16 games and posted a season-best six points on five goals and one assist versus Mary Washington. In five games against ranked opponents, he tallied seven goals and five assists for 12 points. He finishes his career seventh in H-SC history for career goals with 115, tenth in points at 160, and third in career midfielder points.
Four Tigers earned second-team honors: Mike Funk '15, Jake Koferl '16, Dontae Buck '15, and Thomas Passenant '16.
Funk posted career-highs in points (46), assists (25), and goals (21) while leading the team in points and assists. He had a career-best performance of four goals and four assists, not even needing two whole quarters to accomplish the feat. He tallied at least one point in 15 of 16 games while contributing two goals or two assists in 11 games. He concludes his career third all-time in assists at H-SC with 72 and seventeenth in points with 132.
Koferl contributed 20 goals and nine assists, posting a season-best three goals and one assist against Mary Washington and Guilford. He contributed at least one point in all 16 games. A junior, he needs 27 points next year to become the 28th member of the Hampden-Sydney 100-point club.
Buck emerged as arguably the top face-off specialist in the ODAC as a senior. He won 61% of his face-offs for the season and his 68.8% winning percentage in ODAC games was the top mark in the league. He scooped 72 ground balls for the year. He controlled at least 75% of his face-off attempt in seven games, including impressive feats of 18-for-19 versus Shenandoah, 20-for-25 versus Virginia Wesleyan, and 11-for-12 versus Bridgewater.
Passenant was once again the top defenseman for the Tigers and it was recently announced he will be using his final year of eligibility next spring despite being able to graduate this year. A captain, he was second amongst all defenders in ground balls with 29 and led the team in caused turnovers with 16.
James Hughes '15 was tabbed to the third team. Hughes was second on the squad in goals with 22 and third in points at 33. He had a season-high five points at Shenandoah along with four points against Greensboro, Randolph, and Bridgewater. He contributed at least one point in 14 of 16 games. He ends his career 13th in school history in goals with 93 and 15th in points with 134. Hughes also earned Scholar All-America honors for his work in the classroom.