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Atlantic 10 Announces Impressive Basketball Legends Class

Release: 01/13/2016
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Courtesy: Atlantic 10 Conference

NEWPORT NEWS, Va.—  The 2016 Atlantic 10 Legends class, which features seven All-Americans, 11 professional players and 21 institutional Hall of Fame members, was announced Wednesday.

The Legends program was established in 2013 to recognize men’s and women’s basketball student-athletes and coaches who have made a lasting impact on their respective basketball programs and institutions. This year marks the fourth class the Atlantic 10 has inducted. Each year, A-10 member institutions select their two Legends. Previous honorees have included Basketball Hall of Fame members, national champions, Olympians, and professional players.

“It is an honor for the Atlantic 10 to recognize the accomplishments of the 2016 Legends Class,” stated A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. “Their significant contributions to their institution, teams and to college basketball have made a lasting impression. A well-deserved congratulation is in order for this outstanding group of individuals.”

The Women’s Basketball Legends will be saluted with a breakfast on Friday, March 4 prior to the 2016 A-10 Women’s Basketball Championship quarterfinals.  The event will take place at the Richmond Marriott beginning at 9:00 a.m.

The Men’s Basketball Legends will be honored on Saturday, March 12 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., prior to the 2016 Men’s Basketball Championship semifinals.  The celebration awards brunch will be in the 40/40 Club, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The 2016 Men’s Legends class features 13 former student-athletes and one coach. Of the honorees, 10 went on to play professionally in either the NBA or overseas. The group also includes four All-Americans, two former NBA Executives, one NBA All-Star, and one Wooden Award Winner and Naismith National Player of the Year.  In addition, 12 of the men’s legends are in their respective institutional athletics Halls of Fame.

The 2016 Women’s Legends, all former student-athletes, including one who also served her institution as a head coach, led their teams to conference championships, NCAA Tournament selections and WNIT appearances.  The group includes all-conference honorees, an academic All-American and nine individuals who have been inducted into their institutional athletics Hall of Fame.

A limited number of brunch tickets are available to the general public. For more information, please contact the Atlantic 10 Conference at 757-706-3052.

2016 Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Legends

 

School

Legend

Years Attended/Coached

Davidson

Dick Snyder

1964-66

Dayton

Jim Paxson

1975-79

Duquesne

Bruce Atkins

1979-82

Fordham

Kenny Charles

1969-73

George Mason

Jai Lewis

2002-06

George Washington

Christopher Monroe

1999-03

La Salle

Bill "Speedy" Morris

1984-01

Massachusetts

Marcus Camby

1993-96

Rhode Island

Cuttino Mobley

1994-98

Richmond

Kenny Wood

1990-93

St. Bonaventure

Sam Stith

1957-60

Saint Joseph's

Marvin O'Connor

1999-02

Saint Louis

Bob Ferry

1956-59

VCU

Domonic Jones

2000-04

 

2016 Atlantic 10 Women’s Basketball Legends

 

School

Legend

Years Attended/Coached

Davidson

Carolyn Kirsch Rumpel

1993-97

Dayton

Sandy Johnson

1973-77

Duquesne

Darcie Vincent

1988-92

Fordham

Sharon Nast Curley

1982-86

George Mason

Deborah Taneyhill

1988-92/1997-08

George Washington

Sarah-Jo Lawrence

2004-08

La Salle

Maureen Kramer

1977-81

Massachusetts

Melissa Gurile Black

1992-96

Rhode Island

Safi Mojidi

2004-08

Richmond

Julie Jones Venick

1988-92

St. Bonaventure

Susan Shay Danielewicz

1988-92

Saint Joseph's

Renie Shields

1978-82

Saint Louis

Julie Hacker-Buehne

1985-90

VCU

Anya Pavlikhina-Fitzgerald

1991-95


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