NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The Class of 2023 inductees for the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame will have a strong Hampton Roads and University of Virginia flavor among the eight inductees and Distinguished Virginian honoree.

“What excites me most about this class is how it truly represents all of Virginia,” said Will Driscoll, Virginia Sports Hall of Fame executive director. “You have the Hampton Roads, Central, Northern, Southwest, and Southside regions all with representation among this year’s honorees. It truly is a class worthy of our 50th Induction events.”

The inductees include DeAngelo Hall, Jimmye Laycock, Francena McCorory, Shawn Moore, Jerry Ratcliffe, Bob Rotanz, Sheila Trice-Myers and Ryan Zimmerman. William & Mary football legend Joe Montgomery will receive the Hall’s Distinguished Virginian award.

More on the inductees:

  • Shawn Moore, a Martinsville native, attended Martinsville High School before playing college football at the University of Virginia. By the time he finished his three seasons as quarterback for the Cavaliers in 1990, Moore rewrote the offensive record books, with 41 school, ACC and NCAA individual records, with his 83 total touchdowns still standing as a school record. He was the 1990 ACC player of the year and led Virginia to its first-ever national No. 1 ranking, finishing fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1990. He finished his UVA career with 6,629 passing yards, 55 touchdown passes, 1,268 rushing yards and 28 rushing touchdowns.
  • Francena McCorory, from Hampton and Bethel High School, starred in indoor and outdoor track, setting a number of Virginia High School League records. She ran collegiately for her hometown Hampton Pirates, winning three NCAA Titles in the 400 meters and ws a four-time NCAA All-American. She represented the U.S. in the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympic Games, winning gold in each as part of the 4×400 relat
  • Ryan Zimmerman, of Virginia Beach, has already been inducted into the University of Virginia Baseball Hall of Fame, and ranks in the top 10 in multiple categories in Cavaliers history. He was the first draft pick in Washington Nationals history when he was selected fourth overall in the Major League Baseball entry draft. He retired as the franchise leader in hits (1,846), home runs (284), RBI (1,061) and games played (1,799) and was nicknamed Mr. National. He played for 16 seasons, is a two-time All-Star and helped lead the Nationals to their first World Series title in 2019. The Nationals have retired his No. 11 jersey.
  • DeAngelo Hall, who played at Deep Creek High School in Chesapeake, was a first-team All-American at defensive back for Virginia Tech. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons with the eighth overall pick and played 14 seasons in the NFL with Atlanta, Oakland and Washington. He was a three-time Pro Bowl selection and finished his NFL career with 43 interceptions, 11 forced fumbles and scored 10 defensive touchdowns. He has previously been inducted into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame and has been recognized as one of the 90 greatest players of all time for the Commanders.
  • Jimmye Laycock, originally from Hamilton in Loudoun County, went to Loudoun Valley High School and earned 12 varsity letters before going to William & Mary, where he quarterbacked the Tribe in the late 1960s. After a decade as an assistant coach, Laycock came back to William & Mary as the head coach in 1980, leading the Tribe for the next 39 seasons, earning 249 wins, seven conference championships and 10 NCAA FCS playoff appearances. He previously was inducted into the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame.
  • Jerry Ratcliffe has covered sports in Central Virginia, focusing on UVA athletics at The Daily Progress in Charlottesville for four decades, and since 2018, he has been covering UVA athletics through his website, JerryRatcliffe.com. At the Daily Progress, he earned the Virginia Sportswriter of the Year honor four times and received numerous other recognitions from the Associated Press Sports Editors Association, the Virginia Press Association, the Football Writers of America and the United States Basketball Writers of America. He also earned the Earle Hellen Sports Media Award by the Middle Atlantic Section of the PGA of America for his golf coverage.
  • Sheila Trice-Myers, from Louisa County High School in Mineral, rewrote the Christopher Newport University and NCAA record books, earning 32 All-American honors and 15 national championships, the first of which coming in 1987 as part of the Captains’ 4×100 meter relay team. She won four more national titles in 1988, six in 1989 and four in 1990. She remains the Division III record-holder in the 55-meter indoor hurdles.
  • Bob Rotanz (Roanoke College lacrosse national champion, three-time All-American, 1978 national player of the year). He enhanced an already rich lacrosse tradition at Roanoke College when he arrived in the mid-1970s, becoming a three-time All-American and one of just two players in school history to earn national player of the year honors when he did so in 1978. That same year, he won the national defensive player of the year honor and helped Roanoke win the NCAA championship when he scored the winning goal in the title game. He is also a 2022 Roanoke College medal recipient, the highest honor the school awards.

Joe Montgomery from Lynchburg has been awarded this year’s Distinguished Virginian award. Montgomery was a standout center for William & Mary football in the 1970s and was named an All-American in 1973. He was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 1985 and has served in roles on the William & Mary Board of Visitors, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Board of Trustees and the Virginia Retirement System. he was honored by the Rimington Trophy as the recipient of the Gerald R. Ford Legends Award, which goes to a former college or pro center who had a distinguished career on the field and also made significant contributions to the football and/or business communities, or through philanthropic works.

“Montgomery’s accomplishments on and off-the-field are worthy of the Distinguished Virginian,” the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame said in a tweet.

The 50th induction weekend events will be held April 21-22, 2023 in Virginia Beach.

The Hall of Fame resumed normal voting procedures this year after having voted on a modified Class of 2022, which joined the Class of 2020 in being inducted in April. This year’s vote was the first full vote since 2019.

Induction events for 2023 include a sponsor welcome reception April 21, a breakfast with champions April 22 and the VIP reception and induction ceremony later that evening.

The 2023 induction weekend is presented by Priority Automotive Group and Priority Toyota Chesapeake. Additional partners include The Beck Foundation, Atlantic Union Bank, Hamilton’s
Realty, Optima Health, DAVCON Inc., White Claw Hard Seltzer, ESPN Radio 94.1, WVSP-FM, WAVY-TV, and Davis Business Appraisers.

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