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October 8, 2012

Former Admirals Coach John Brophy Among Six Set to Be Inducted into Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame


John BrophyNORFOLK — Two basketball stars, two championship coaches and two long-serving athletic directors comprise this year’s induction class for the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame.

This year’s class, the fifth since the Hall’s inception, features basketball stars Dave Twardzik (Old Dominion University) and Bobby Dandridge (Norfolk State University), coaches John Brophy (Hampton Roads Admirals ice hockey) and Nancy Fowlkes (Cox High School field hockey), and athletic directors C.J. Woollum (Christopher Newport University) and Marty Miller (Norfolk State University).

These inductees, who comprise the fifth class in the Hall of Fame’s history, were selected by a committee along with input from previous inductees and from fans in online surveys. This year’s Hall of Fame class will be inducted on Oct. 30 at a banquet at Norfolk Scope.

Reservations for the banquet are available now. The cost is $60 per person or $400 for a table of eight. For information or to make reservations, call 622-2222 (extension 101).

Here is a brief synopsis of the accomplishments of the inductees, in alphabetical order:

John Brophy is one of only two North American professional hockey coaches with more than 1,000 victories. More than half of Brophy’s 1,027 victories came in the Hampton Roads area, with the East Coast Hockey League’s Admirals (480) and with the Southern Hockey League’s Hampton Gulls (123). He coached the Admirals to three ECHL championships.

Bobby Dandridge won NBA titles with Milwaukee in 1971 and Washington in 1978. He averaged 18.5 points in the regular season and 20 points in the playoffs. At Norfolk State from 1965-69, he averaged 22.5 points and 12.9 rebounds. He was All-CIAA twice and All-American once.

Nancy Fowlkes won 13 state field hockey championships at Cox High School, including a run of seven in a row. Her career record was 390-55-20, and she coached many athletes who went on to become college All-Americans. Currently serves as an assistant football coach at Cox.

Marty Miller has spent more than 40 years at Norfolk State as an athlete, baseball coach and administrator. He has been the school’s athletic director since 2004. As a baseball player at NSU, he batted .400 twice, led the nation in doubles in 1968 and was named All-American. He won 718 games and 17 CIAA titles as the school’s baseball coach.

Dave Twardzik was a two-time All-American guard at Old Dominion and went on to a professional career with the ABA’s Virginia Squires and the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers. He was the starting point guard on Portland’s 1977 NBA championship team. Since retiring as a player, he has spent 25 years working in the NBA as an assistant coach and a front office executive.

C.J. Woollum recently stepped down after 25 years as athletic director at Christopher Newport University, where he took the athletic programs to national prominence. As CNU’s basketball coach, he won 502 games and coached nine All-Americans.

The Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame is currently housed in the lobby of Harbor Park in Norfolk. It was established in 2008 as a way to honor the athletes, coaches and administrators who have made significant contributions to sports in our area.

For more information, contact Tony Mercurio at tman09@cox.net or Dave Rosenfield at drosenfield@norfolktides.com.

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