VIRGINIA BEACH (WAVY) — The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame will induct arguably its best class yet on Saturday night at the Sandler Center in Virginia Beach.

On Friday night, a reception  was held to honor the 2018 class which is headlined by former Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer.

In 29 years as Hokies head coach, he led Tech to 23 consecutive bowl appearances including the national championship game in 2000.

“To be recognized by the state of Virginia in this way is just special,” Beamer said. “Very honored and very appreciative.”

Also being inducted, former Major League Baseball player Michael Cuddyer. Drafted by the Minnesota Twins out of Great Bridge High School in 1997, Cuddyer also played for the Rockies and the Mets. 

“Obviously this is where I’m from, born and raised Virginia,” Cuddyer said. “When you get a recognition like this  I think it should say Michael Cuddyer and others, because so many people had a hand in this, and not just who I am as a player but who I am as a person.”

Thomas Jones was a star running back at Virginia and played 12 years in the NFL and ran for over 10,000 yards. Jones is now an actor and lives in Hollywood.

Rick Mahorn starred at Hampton Institute and was an original bad boy on the Detroit Pistons where he won an NBA ring.

Rounding out the 2018 class, former gold medal basketball winner Kara Lawson, former Randolph-Macon basketball star Megan Silva-Schultz, former Virginia Tech baseball coach Chuck Hartman and sports writer Doug Doughty.