WVU Sports Hall of Fame Class Announced

WVU Sports Hall of Fame Class Announced


Nine contributors to Mountaineer athletics make up the 29th class of honorees in the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame, announced today by Director of Athletics Shane Lyons.

The 2019 class includes Meg Bulger (women’s basketball), Steve Dunlap (football), Greg Jones (wrestling), Vertus Jones (wrestling), Darryl Prue (men’s basketball), Lisa Stoia (women’s soccer), John Thornton (football), Dr. Stefan Thynell (rifle) and Pete White (men’s basketball/track & field).

Induction ceremonies will take place Saturday, Sept. 14, prior to the West Virginia-NC State football game. This class brings the total number of inductees to 197.

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West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins does a postgame interview with Meg Bulger

Meg Bulger – Meg Bulger completed her WVU women’s basketball career in 2008 as a four-year letterwinner, team captain, All-America honorable mention and All-Big East honoree. The Pittsburgh native was regarded as one of the premier players at WVU and within the Big East Conference during her time as a Mountaineer.

After starting her career as the Big East Rookie of the Year, Bulger went on to become a two-time All-America honorable mention, a WBCA All-Region honoree and a four-time All-Big East honoree. She was named to the All-Big East Freshman Team following her rookie season in 2004 and added All-Big East First Team honors as a sophomore in 2005. Despite missing 13 games during her junior season, Bulger was named to the All-Big East Second Team in 2006 and repeated her feat as a senior in 2008 after missing the 2006-07 season with a knee injury.

Bulger came off the bench to average 24.1 minutes per game as a freshman in 2003-04, scoring in double-figure 15 times on the season with a pair of double-doubles. She netted 31 3-pointers to rank fifth among WVU freshmen and led the Mountaineers with a .403 (31-77) 3-point field goal percentage to rank third among WVU rookies at that time. Bulger earned six Big East Freshman of the Week awards, falling just one shy of the league record, before being named the Big East Freshman of the Year as well as a Big East All-Freshman Team honoree.

In 2004-05, Bulger became the first Mountaineer, male or female, to win the Big East scoring title, averaging 18.6 points per game and 19.6 points per game overall. Her 663 points ranked fourth all-time in single-season scoring history. Bulger led the league in 3-point field goal percentage (.447), 3-pointers per game (2.59) and 20-point games (16). Her five 30-point scoring efforts were a WVU single-season record, and she became the first Mountaineer since 1980 to have back-to-back 30-point performances. Against Marshall, she had a Big East season high and then-career-best 36 points (12-for-25) and then went 9-for-15 for 30 points against Seton Hall. Bulger ranked in the top-20 of the nation in points per game (15th at 19.5), 3-point field goal percentage (seventh at.447) and 3-pointers per game (14th at 2.59). Her 663 points ranked second among WVU sophomores, as did her 19.5 points per game, 247 field goals per game and 537 field goals attempted (currently third). Bulger’s 88 3-point field goals made and 197 3-point field goals attempted (currently fourth) were WVU sophomore program records, while her .447 3-point field goal percentage ranked second (currently fourth). After earning three Big East Player of the Week awards, she was a unanimous All-Big East First Team selection – the first in program history. Bulger also earned mention on the Postseason WNIT All-Tournament Team and was a WBCA/Kodak All-America Honorable Mention.

As a junior in 2005-06, Bulger ranked atop the nation with 3.5 3-point field goals per game. She set WVU Coliseum records for points in a half (26) and points in a game (38), tying the program record for points in a game (38). Bulger later scored her 1,000th career point at UNC Greensboro. She was third in the Big East in scoring but tore her ACL at the end of January and missed the remaining 13 games. Despite her injury, Bulger garnered All-Big East Second Team accolades and was named an AP All-America Honorable Mention.

After sitting out the 2006-07 season while recovering from her knee injury, Bulger picked up where she left off as a senior in 2007-08. She led the Big East in 3-point field goal percentage, ranking fourth in the nation. Additionally, Bulger led the league in 3-point field goals made per game, ranking 13th in NCAA Division I. Her 83 3-pointers ranked second all-time among WVU seniors (currently third), while her.444 3-point field goal percentage leads all Mountaineer seniors. At the conclusion of the season, she was awarded the Big East Sportsmanship Award and named to the Big East All-Second Team.

Bulger departed Morgantown ranked fifth all-time in career scoring with 1,665 points, fifth in career points per game at 15.4, seventh in field goals made with 599, seventh in field goals attempted with 1,345, second in 3-point field goals made with 265, fourth in 3-point field goals attempted with 607 and fifth with 29 20-point games. She capped her career as the program’s all-time leader 3-point field goal percentage (.437) and free-throw percentage (.831) and was tied for the all-time lead with six 30-point outings.

In the single-season record books, Bulger ranked fourth in scoring with 663 points in 2005, fifth (19.8 ppg in 2006) and sixth (19.5 ppg in 2005) in scoring average, fifth in field goals made with 247 in 2005, fifth in field goals attempted with 537 in 2005, fourth (88 in 2005) and tied for fifth (83 in 2008) in 3-point field goals made, fifth (197 in 2005) and seventh (187 in 2008) in 3-pointers attempted, fifth (.447 in 2005), sixth (.444 in 2008) and seventh (.432 in 2006) in 3-point field goal percentage as well as sixth (.843 in 2004) and ninth (.835 in 2005) in free-throw percentage. Her 1,235 minutes played in 2005 ranked second, while her 34 games played in 2005 tied for first. Additionally, her five 30-point games in 2005 remain a WVU record.

Bulger majored in multidisciplinary studies at WVU with concentrations in English, communications and sports psychology.

She and her husband, Jim, have a daughter, Nola. Bulger has worked for her family’s construction business in Pittsburgh. She has served as an analyst/sideline reporter for AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh and as an analyst for the Mountaineer Sports Network’s women’s basketball broadcasts. She also coaches grade school basketball in Pittsburgh.

Bulger joins her brother, Marc (2010 inductee), and her sister, Kate (2018 inductee), in the WVU Sports Hall of Fame.

Steve Dunlap – Steve Dunlap lettered three years as a linebacker from 1973-75, playing for coach Bobby Bowden. He helped lead the Mountaineers to a 19-15 record, including a 9-3 mark in 1975 and a 13-10 win over NC State in the Peach Bowl.

The native of Hurricane, West Virginia, compiled 359 total tackles, a school record at the time, including 182 solo stops, three interceptions and one tackle for loss. He set the school records for most tackles in a season (190) and tackles in a game (28). He currently is tied for second on the single game solo tackle chart with 16 solo stops and is third on the single-season assisted tackle chart (96). He is fifth on assisted tackles, 10th on WVU career tackles chart and 17th on the unassisted tackles list.

In 1974, Dunlap recorded 190 tackles (94 solo), including 28 against Boston College on Nov. 2, 1974 – both still school records. For the season, Dunlap had two fumble recoveries, four pass breakups and one tackle for loss. As a senior in 1975, he was the second-leading WVU tackler with 155 stops.

Following his playing days, Dunlap embarked on a 35-year coaching career. He started as a graduate assistant at West Virginia (1978-81) before serving as defensive line coach at Navy (1982-83). He then returned to WVU as a full-time assistant with the linebackers (1984-86), defensive backs (1987-92); inside linebackers (1993-2000) and defensive coordinator (1991-2000); at Syracuse from 2001-2004; linebackers (2001-04), assistant head coach (2002-03) and defensive coordinator (2004); defensive coordinator at NC State (2005-06) and Marshall (2007); returned to West Virginia as the assistant head coach and safeties coach from 2008-11, linebackers and special teams coordinator, 2012); worked for the Mountaineer Athletic Club in 2013-14 in the area of cultivating football donors and assisting with operations.

The 1996 squad led the nation in total defense at 223.4 yards per game, No. 2 in rushing defense (65.9 yards per game) and turnover margin, No. 4 in scoring defense (13.0 points per game) and No. 5 in pass efficiency defense. The 1994 squad set a then-school record for fewest points allowed in a 13-game season. While at NC State, three of his players were selected in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft.

He coached in 21 bowl games, including 18 at West Virginia, which included two national championship games (the 1989 Fiesta Bowl and the 1993 Sugar Bowl).

The Mountaineer defense took top national honors in 1996, and Dunlap was honored for his coaching ability in 1996, when he was named a finalist for the inaugural Frank Broyles Award, awarded annually to the nation’s top assistant coach.

Dunlap coached 13 professional players, two All-Americans and 30 All-Conference/All-East Players.

Dunlap earned his bachelor’s degree from WVU in 1977. He and his wife, Wendy, have two children, Matthew and Megan.

Greg Jones – Greg Jones is WVU’s all-time leader in wins and is the Mountaineers’ only three-time NCAA champion during his wrestling career from 2001-05.

Posting a career record of 126-4, Jones won the NCAA Championship as a freshman in 2002 at 174 pounds, as a junior in 2004 at 184 pounds and as a senior in 2005 at 184 pounds. With three NCAA individual championships, Jones became the 39h wrestler in NCAA history to win three national championships, the 20th wrestler to win titles at two different weight classes and the 10th wrestler to win a national title as a freshman.

Jones is the only West Virginia wrestler to post an undefeated season, doing it in 2004 with a record of 26-0 and once again in 2005, posting a mark of 25-0. He ended his career on a 51-match win streak.

A four-time Eastern Wrestling League champion, Jones holds WVU records for best mark as a freshman (34-2), best record of the 167/174-pound weight class (34-2) and most NCAA Tournament wins (17) and is tied for the most NCAA Tournament appearances (4).

The Slickville, Pennsylvania, native appeared in the National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star Classic three times, winning each match. He is a two-time recipient of WVU’s Red Brown Cup, given to WVU’s Most Outstanding Student-Athlete, and became the first Mountaineer to be named to the NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler in 2005.

Jones was the fourth wrestler in EWL history to claim four EWL titles and led the league in points twice. He finished his EWL career with a record of 27-0 in dual meets.

Other awards and titles for Jones during his WVU career include 2005 – Most Outstanding Wrestler at the NCAA Championships, Most Outstanding Wrestler at the EWL Championships, EWL points champion, College Sports Television National Athlete of the Week, WVU’s Coca-Cola Community All-American; 2004 – West Virginia Sports Writers Association’s Hardman Award winner, one of 23 U.S. athletes nominated for the AAU James E. Sullivan award, EWL points leader, Hodge Trophy finalist, EWL Wrestler of the Year, Midlands Classic champion; 2002 – EWL Wrestler and Freshman of the Year and Amateur Wrestling News Freshman of the Year.

In 2010, Jones was inducted into the EWL Wrestling Hall of Fame, the Southwestern Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of fame in 2013 and in 2019, the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He is one of two WPIAL high school wrestlers to win three NCAA titles. Jones was inducted into the Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic Hall of Fame.

In 2010, he was named to InterMat’s Top 10 College Wrestlers of the 2000s.

Following his collegiate wrestling career, Jones served as an assistant coach and associate head coach at WVU for nine seasons. Since 2014, Jones has been one of the top wrestling coaches in MMA training.

Jones, who now lives in Boca Raton, Florida, graduated from WVU in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in sports and exercise psychology.

He and his wife, Kelly, have two children, Mara and Greyson.

He and his brother, Vertus, become the second set of siblings to be inducted into the WVU Sports Hall of Fame, joining Marc, Kate and Meg Bulger.

Vertus Jones – Vertus Jones became the Mountaineers’ first three-time wrestling All-American and first four-time Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) champion during his outstanding career from 1997-2000.

A two-time NCAA runner-up, Jones posted a stellar 30-2 record as a senior in 2000 at 184 pounds, setting the all-time West Virginia consecutive wins mark at 24. He earned his final All-America honor with a second-place finish at the 2000 NCAA Championships in St. Louis. He was named the EWL Co-Wrestler of the Year in 2000, as well as the EWL Tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler. Jones is currently tied for 10th on the WVU all-time list for victories as a senior (30). He won the EWL title at 184 pounds.

As a junior, the Slickville, Pennsylvania, native posted a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships at 184 pounds. Jones participated in the NWCA All-Star Classic and currently ranks eighth on the WVU all-time list for victories as a junior (31). He captured the EWL championship at 184 pounds.

As a sophomore in 1998, Jones was the youngest of 20 finalists at the NCAA Tournament and became the youngest in WVU history to reach the NCAA finals. He capped his impressive sophomore campaign with a second-place finish at 177 pounds at the NCAA Tournament. Jones won the EWL title at 177 pounds.

In 1997, Jones became the second WVU wrestler to win EWLs as a freshman. He qualified for the NCAA Tournament after being named the EWL champion at 167 pounds and was named WVU’s Rookie of the Year.

Jones became the first Mountaineer wrestler to be a four-time EWL champion and only the third EWL wrestler to be a four-time champion. He totaled 11 EWL Tournament victories in his WVU tenure.

Jones finished his WVU career with 95 victories, which was sixth-best at the time at WVU. He currently ranks fourth on the WVU all-time list for victories in a single season in the 177/184 pound weight class with 31. Jones is second on WVU’s all-time list for NCAA Tournament victories with 14. Jones was twice named as a recipient of the George Nedeff Outstanding Wrestler Award. He was a finalist for NCAA Sportsperson of the year as a senior.

Jones was inducted into the EWL Hall of Fame, was a 2006 inductee into the Southwest Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame and a 2010 inductee into the Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame

Jones graduated from WVU with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education teaching in 2001. He has taught and coached in the North Hills School District and was voted Section 3 AAA Assistant Wrestling Coach of the Year for the 2003-04, 2006-07 and 2007-08 wrestling seasons as well as District 7 AAA Assistant Wrestling Coach of the Year for the 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2015-16 wrestling seasons.

Jones lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Rachel, and children, Jayla and Jaden.

He and his brother, Greg, become the second set of siblings to be inducted into the WVU Sports Hall of Fame, joining Marc, Kate and Meg Bulger.

Darryl Prue – Darryl Prue was one of the top forwards in the Atlantic 10 Conference from 1986-89, earning Atlantic 10 First Team honors in 1989. During his career, the Mountaineers posted an 89-38 record with three NCAA Tournament appearances and one NIT.

The Washington, D.C., native scored 1,426 points during his career, which currently ranks 20th all-time. Prue still ranks second in career field goal percentage (55.8) and 11th in career rebounds (865).

Playing in 127 career games, Prue started every game as a junior and senior. He averaged 12.2 points as a senior, 12.5 points as a junior and 12.6 points as a sophomore. As a senior, he shot an impressive 63.3 percent from the floor, which still ranks second in school history.

On the defensive end, Prue left WVU second in all-time career steals with 230 (now ranks fourth) and tied a then-school record with nine steals in a game against George Mason in 1986. He departed WVU as the Mountaineers’ leader in all-time minutes played with 3,788 (now ranks sixth).

Prue posted a career-high 25 points against St. Bonaventure on Feb. 5, 1987 and pulled down a career-best 18 rebounds (10 offensive) against George Washington on Jan. 14, 1987. He had 12 20-point games for his career.

In 1989, Prue was the Atlantic 10 field goal percentage leader at 63.3 percent, while leading the Mountaineers to an A-10 regular season championship. The Mountaineers had the nation’s longest winning streak that season at 22 games.

As a freshman, Prue was named the A-10 Freshman of the Year and to the A-10 All-Freshman Team. He was twice named Atlantic 10 Freshman of the Week.

In 1987 as a sophomore, Prue earned three Atlantic 10 Player of the Week honors and was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second team at the end of the season. He was named to the A-10 Second Team in 1988 and was twice named Atlantic 10 Player of the Week as a senior before earning A-10 First Team honors.

Prue is a member of the 1986-95 WVU All-Time Basketball Team.

Prue received a bachelor’s degree in physical education from WVU. He is currently the boys basketball coach at T.C. Williams High in Alexandria, Virginia.

Lisa Stoia – A dynamic performer in the midfield from 2000-03, Lisa Stoia earned Big East Midfielder of the Year honors in 2002 for her efforts in leading West Virginia to its first regular season championship. She also assisted on 10 of West Virginia’s record-breaking 53 goals in 2003, tying her with Katie Barnes for the season record. Stoia was a NSCAA/adidas and Soccer Buzz second team All-American in 2002 as a junior.

Stoia continued her domination in her senior season, breaking the season assist record (12) she tied the season before on her way to becoming West Virginia’s all-time assists leader with 33 career dishes. She became the first midfielder in Big East history to earn midfielder of the year honors in consecutive seasons by winning the award for the second time in 2003.

Alongside teammate Chrissie Abbott, Stoia became WVU’s all-time matches played and matched started leader with 87 career starts, after leading her 2003 squad to the program’s first Sweet 16 appearance.

For her efforts in 2003, Stoia earned first team All-America honors from Soccer Buzz and the NSCAA. She was captain of the 2003 WVU squad.

As a sophomore, she earned Soccer Buzz honorable mention All-America, Soccer Buzz first team all-Region and first team All-Big East accolades after tallying four goals and five assists in 2001.

Stoia also earned NSCAA/adidas third team All-Mid-Atlantic region and Big East co-Rookie of the Year honors as a freshman in 2000.

A three-time first team All-Big East selection, Stoia was a member of the 2003 U-21 National Team Pool and one of a select group, including Abbott, invited to train with WUSA teams during the summer of 2003.

Stoia played three seasons of professional soccer – one with the St. Louis Athletica of the WPS (2009) and two with the Boston Renegades in the Women’s United Soccer League (2005-06). She was inducted into William Floyd High’s inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame in September 2007.

Stoia returned to her college alma mater in 2007 as a full-time member of coach Nikki Izzo-Brown’s staff. On the cusp of her 13th season, she serves as the Mountaineers’ senior associate head coach and has helped solidify WVU’s position as a perennial top-10 team. With Stoia’s assistance, the Mountaineers have made 12 consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament, including three quarterfinal appearances and the program’s first-ever NCAA College Cup Final in 2016.

Since 2007, WVU has won 15 conference titles and at least one Big 12 championship every season but one since joining the conference in 2012. Annually nationally ranked, the Mountaineers spent eight weeks at No. 1 in 2016, the program’s first-ever No. 1 ranking. That same season, WVU earned a program-record 23 wins and nation-best and team-record 18 shutouts.

Primarily responsible for coaching the Mountaineer midfielders, Stoia helped guide Olympic Bronze medalist Ashley Lawrence to back-to-back NSCAA All-America First Team accolades (2015-16). She also has directly mentored WVU All-Americans Amanda Cicchini (2007), Carolyn Blank (2009) and Amanda Hill (2015). She was named the 2010 NSCAA/Mondo North Atlantic Regional Assistant Coach of the Year before earning back-to-back NSCAA/Mondo Central Regional Assistant Coach of the Year accolades (2014-15). In 2016, Stoia earned the NSCAA Regional Staff of the Year award.

A rising star among the coaching ranks, Stoia served as an assistant coach at the U.S. Soccer U-19 Women’s National Team Domestic Training Camp at Chula Vista, California, in May 2018.

A native of Shirley, New York, Stoia earned her bachelor’s degree in sport management from West Virginia in 2005 and her master’s of business administration from Jacksonville in 2007.

John Thornton – One of the strongest defensive tackles in school history, John Thornton was a four-year starter with 41 consecutive starts from 1995-98.

A two-time All-Big East selection from Philadelphia, Thornton finished with 45 tackles in 1998, including a season-high 10 tackles against Maryland. He led the team with eight quarterback pressures and posted seven tackles for loss with four sacks.

The 1998 Defensive co-captain won the John Russel Memorial Award from the WVU coaching staff as the team’s top lineman. He was named to the All-American Strength Team by the National Strength Coaches Association in 1997. He was a first team All-American by the Sports Network.

Thornton posted 51 tackles and five tackles for loss each as a sophomore and junior.

Thornton played in three bowl games at WVU: the 1997 Gator Bowl, the 1997 Carquest Bowl and the 1998 Insight.com Bowl. He was a member of WVU’s top-ranked defense in the country in 1996 that led the nation in total defense at 223.4 yards per game, No. 2 in rushing defense (65.9 yards per game) and turnover margin, No. 4 in scoring defense (13.0 points per game) and No. 5 in pass efficiency defense.

He finished his Mountaineer career with 162 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 15 sacks, one interception, two forced fumbles and six passes broken up.

Thornton was drafted in 1999 by the Tennessee Titans as the 52nd pick overall (second round) and had a 10-year career in the NFL.

From 1999-2002, he played with the Titans and finished with 4.5 sacks in his rookie season, the most by any rookie defensive tackle that season, and earned a spot on the NFL’s All-Rookie Team. He appeared in Super Bowl XXXIV for the Titans against the St. Louis Rams. He helped the Titans to the playoffs in three of his four years, including a second trip to the AFC Championship game in 2002.

In 2000, Thornton started in every game for the Titans and finished the season with 55 tackles. He recorded eight tackles, his season high in the game at the Buffalo Bills on September 3. Due to a shoulder injury, he only played in the first three games in 2001. In 2002, he started in every game for the Titans and was part of the defense that limited their opponents to 89.0 rushing yards per game. He recorded 44 tackles in the regular season.

In 2003, Thornton signed with the Cincinnati Bengals and recorded a career-high six sacks. In 2004, he started in every game and recorded 74 tackles. In 2005, he played 16 games, making 24 solo tackles, 18 assists and two sacks. In 2006, he played 15 games, making 28 solo tackles, 15 assists and two sacks. In 2007 while being named defensive captain, he played 14 games, making 24 solo tackles, eight assists and one sack. In 2008, he played in 13 games, recording 24 solo tackles, six assists and three sacks. Thornton retired following the 2008 season. He played in 92 of a possible 96 games and made 88 starts during his six seasons in Cincinnati.

For his NFL career, he recorded 303 tackles, 27.5 sacks and forced four fumbles.

Thornton studied sport management at West Virginia. He is currently an NFL Agent for Roc Nation Sports.

He and his wife Allison have three sons, Jalen, Ty and Rory. Jalen will be a freshman football player at WVU this fall.

Dr. Stefan Thynell – Dr. Stefan Thynell was the first six time All-American in school history, and the first shooter to earn two All-America honors in the same season during his career from 1976-80.

A native of Goteborg, Sweden, Thynell established a new standard for collegiate competition for the smallbore full course competition in 1979 with an 1178 out of a possible 1200. He topped that mark with an 1181, the highest score in the history of smallbore match in January 1980.

Thynell broke that record with an 1187 at the NCAA Rifle Championships in April 1980, a mark that stood until 2002. He also held the NCAA mark for the top smallbore score in the standing position in team competition with a 389 until it was broken in 2000.

Thynell earned All-America honors in 1977 and 1978 before capturing All-America honors in air rifle and smallbore in both 1979 and 1980. He is the only shooter in school history to be named the team’s most outstanding shooter all four years. At the end of his collegiate career, Thynell was called the nation’s all-time top collegiate shooter by coach Ed Etzel.

Thynell was a two-time member of the Swedish Olympic Team, competing in the 1976 Montreal Olympics and the 1980 Moscow Olympics. He represented Sweden at the 1974 and 1987 World Shooting Championships.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at WVU in 1980, where he was the recipient of the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. Thynell furthered his education with a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from NC State in 1983 and a PhD in mechanical engineering from NC State in 1986.

Thynell joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at Penn State in 1986 and was promoted to full professor in 1997. He also served as a graduate program director from 2002-08. Concurrently, he has also worked for the National Science Foundation as the Program Director, Thermal Transport and Thermal Processing and the Coordinator for Information Technology Research, Engineering Directorate from 1999-2001. He has won numerous awards and honors, including a distinguished service award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

From 2001-2004 he served as the Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer. In 1999, Thynell was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and in 2005 he was elected Associate Fellow of the AIAA. In 2007, he became a Member of the Academy of Distinguished Alumni for mechanical engineering at WVU.

Thynell resides near State College, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Lena.

Pete White – Pete White was a standout men’s basketball player from 1952-55, playing for coaches Red Brown and Fred Schaus and alongside the likes of All-Americans Mark Workman and Hot Rod Hundley.

White, a native of Clendenin, West Virginia, served as captain of the 1954-55 basketball team, the first of Schaus’ six years as a head coach and first NCAA Tournament team at WVU. He played in 70 varsity games, scoring 746 points (10.7 average) and grabbing 561 rebounds.

As a senior, White averaged 15.8 points and 12.0 rebounds, one of 10 Mountaineers to average a double-double for a season. He averaged 10.4 points and 6.1 rebounds as a junior.

White had a career-high 29 points against Pitt on Jan. 29, 1955, coupled with a career-best 27 rebounds against Pitt in the same game, the fourth most rebounds in a game in school history.

White also competed in track at West Virginia in the high jump and long jump.

He declined an invitation to join the NBA’s St. Louis Hawks to fulfill his ROTC commitment in the United States Air Force.

He served 42 years on the WVU Foundation Board and received WVU’s Order of Vandalia in 2001. White received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and master’s degree from WVU and was commissioned as a first lieutenant in the United States Air Force.

White and his wife, Jo, have two children, Anne White, who attended USC and became a nationally ranked professional tennis player, and son Brad, a graduate of Vanderbilt and captain of the lacrosse team. Anne was recently inducted into the Western United States Pro Tennis Hall of Fame.

White has worked in the finance and insurance industry for more than 60 years and has worked with his son for nearly 20 years.

 

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    WVU Sports Hall of Fame Class Announced Nine contributors to Mountaineer athletics make up the 29th class of honorees in the West Virginia University
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    So Happy for all of them. Pete, Thunder, and the most charismatic Bulger. I still remember the BS charging call on Prue in the Duke game. Great class and great job by selection committee

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    As a member of the WVU Sports Hall of Fame selection committee for many years, I have an understanding how the process works and feel the group does a very good job in electing new inductees for each class. We don’t always agree, but the people on the committee are knowledgable, take the selection seriously and do the best job possible. The committee has 12 members, which is about evenly split between those who are WVU employees and those, like myself, who are not WVU employees. We all volunteer our time and spend many hours in multiple meetings whittling down each class from the hundreds who are eligible to the eventual six to eight who will be inducted every year. Everyone has their opinion on who should go in, but what I’ve found is that you may have to be patient and wait a few years, but eventually most everyone who is Hall of Fame worthy will get voted in.

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