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Cover of Summer 2006 Issue

Legendary Lancers Join Inaugural Hall of Fame Class

Six former players and coaches were honored and inducted into the new Longwood University Athletics Hall of Fame on November 27. The inaugural 2005 Hall of Fame class includes: Tina Barrett, ’88; Dr. Elizabeth Burger Jackson, ’34; Julie Dayton, ’81; Jerome Kersey, ’84; Dr. Barbara Smith; and Michael Tucker, ’93. “The recipients strengthen our resolve in whatever championship game we may play in,” said President Patricia Cormier. “Thank you for bringing honor and glory to this institution.”

Tina Barrett, ’88

For Barrett, a former member of the women’s golf team, the evening turned into a double celebration. Her presenter and husband, Dan Friedman, acknowledged the couple’s 12-year wedding anniversary. “I hope you like this speech, because it was either this speech or jewelry,” Friedman said. Barrett is an 18-year member of the Ladies Professional Golf Association. In 1988 she won the Honda-Broderick Award for Golf as the top woman collegiate golfer.

Dr. Elizabeth Burger Jackson, ’34

Jackson received her honor for her participation with the
field hockey team from 1930-32. She was a member of the United States National Team from 1947-50, and again from 1954-55. She was also a professor of natural sciences at Longwood for 39 years (1938-76). Jackson died in 1998. “She was a pioneer in athletics when women’s athletics was not held in high regard,” said Dr. Carolyn Wells, who presented the award. “She stands not only as a pioneer of the sport, but also as a coach to so many women who enjoy the thrill of competition and participation.”

Julie Dayton, ’81

“Julie had spirit, determination, and a passion for her sport,” said presenter, Jane Miller, her Longwood Coach.“She pushed us, prodded us, and challenged us to be the best.” A two-time All-American in Lacrosse, Dayton joined the Hall’s first class in part from her 10-year membership with the United States Women’s Lacrosse National Team (1982-1991). She is also a member of the Virginia Lacrosse Hall of Fame (1997) and the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame (1993). “There is another piece to my bio that seems to get left out. I never lost a game,” Dayton said during her acceptance speech. “There were some games where the clock ran out too soon.”

Jerome Kersey, ’84

Kersey is a veteran of the National Basketball Association with a career stretching 17 seasons; including the 1999 NBA championship with San Antonio. “He never put himself on a pedestal and was always genuine and down to earth,” said former teammate and presenter Kevin Brandon. He was a second-round (46th overall) pick in 1984 by Portland. Kersey holds 10 school records including rebounds (1,162). “Being honored by your college is up there with the pinnacle of success because this is where I got started,”
said Kersey.

Dr. Barbara Smith

As the founder and 26-year (1966-1992) head coach of the women’s golf program at Longwood, Smith earned her place in the inaugural class by capturing three National Golf Coaches Association Division II National Championships (1987, 1988, 1990) and five national runner-up finishes (1981, 1984, 1989, 1991, 1992). “The first place they took me was the Longwood golf course and I knew I wanted to be here,” said Smith.

Michael Tucker, ’93

Tucker, who has 11 years of experience in Major League Baseball, was a member of the 1992 United States Olympic Team. He was the 10th overall pick in the 1992 MLB draft by Kansas City. “The roots of Michael Tucker are greater than his accomplishments on a major league field,” said head baseball coach Buddy Bolding. “It’s the family that makes Michael Tucker.” He was a Division II 1st-Team All-American (1991-1992) and he holds seven Longwood records including batting average (.428) and home runs. “This induction is an individual achievement, but it’s a group effort,” said a tearful Tucker. “Thanks dad.”