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VUU to induct 7 into athletic hall of fame
Published Tuesday, September 10, 2019
by Jim Junot, VUU Sports Information

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia Union University will induct seven individuals into the VUU Athletic Hall of Fame.

Al Bowers, Lucille M. Brown, Mike Crawley, Moses Golatt, Danielle Hoggard, Sherman Lea, and Fred Pinkston will be inducted on September 20, and will be honored during the football game between Virginia Union and Johnson C. Smith.

Bowers (golf, 1965-69): As a member of the Virginia Union golf team, Bowers helped the Panthers win the CIAA championship in 1966, ‘68 and ‘69. After graduating, Bowers became a highly successful entrepreneur and businessman.

Brown (supporter, 1946-2019): Brown was an honor student during her four-year educational journey at VUU. She has dedicated her life to serving the Richmond community, becoming first a teacher of chemistry, then a high school principal, associate superintendent and eventually superintendent of Richmond Public Schools. The Annual Dr. Lucille M. Brown Community Youth Bowl, which is played each year at Hovey Field, carries on her legacy.

Crawley (football, 1974-79): Crawley averaged over 40 yards per punt during his four-year career. He was named a Black College All-American and played in the New Orleans Superdome in 1979. He joined the Richmond Fire Department in 1980 and retired as a Master Firefighter after 30 years of service.

Golatt (women's basketball, 1988-99, 2001-05): Golatt won 223 games over 15 seasons. He won a career-high 24 games in 1997-98 and again in 2003-04. He guided the Lady Panthers to the 2004 NCAA Tournament. He also served as assistant athletic director from 1988-98. His players had a 90% graduation rate and won the CIAA High GPA Award three separate years. He was also an assistant coach for the 1992 Virginia Union national champion men's basketball team.

Danielle Hoggard (women's basketball, 2000-04): Hoggard was a mainstay in the middle of the women's basketball team for four years. She led VUU to the divisional championship, runner-up in the CIAA Basketball Tournament and second round in the NCAA Regional Tournament. She finished her career with 910 points, 577 rebounds and 90 blocks.

Lea (football, 1971-74): Lea was a starter at center on the 1973 and ‘74 teams. The 1973 team won the first CIAA Football Championship in 50 years as the Panthers finished 9-1. After graduating, Lea became a football official in the CIAA, ODAC and the ACC from 1984-92. In 2016, Lea was elected mayor of Roanoke and was instrumental in the negotiation that led to Roanoke Valley hosting the CIAA Championship Football Game.

Fred Pinkston (track & field, 1954-57): Pinkston is the past president of the VUU National Alumni Association and current chairman of the VUUNAA Past Presidents Council. While a student at VUU, he served as editor of the campus newspaper and was a member of the Student Government Association, the yearbook staff, the track team, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.



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