Four to enter Hall of Fame
The Shepherd University Athletic Hall of Fame will induct four new members this fall at the annual induction banquet on Friday, Nov. 9 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Shepherdstown. Football standout Joe Reel ’72, Vic Holmes ’74 (men’s basketball, baseball), Greg Stup ’96 (football), join women’s basketball coach Jodie Runner as the 27th class to be inducted. The “fabulous four” bring the total number of members in the Shepherd Athletic Hall of Fame to 129.
The quartet will also be honored at the Shepherd-Fairmont State football game on Saturday, Nov. 10 as part of Hall of Fame Weekend festivities.
Reel (Martinsburg/1967 graduate of Petersburg High School) was a four-year player at defensive tackle for the Shepherd football team from 1967-71. He was scouted by several NFL teams as helped lead the Rams to a 7-1-2 overall mark as a senior team captain in 1971. Reel gained NAIA Honorable Mention All-American honors and signed to play with the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League.
Holmes (Martinsburg/1970 graduate of Shepherdstown High School) was a two-sport standout for the Rams. He was a four-year letterwinner in basketball and baseball from 1970-74. Holmes was a two-time All-Conference choice on the hardcourt and helped lead the Rams to a pair of 20-win seasons. He was the leading hitter for the baseball team in three of his four seasons and posted a 9-0 career mark on the mound. Holmes went on to a successful coaching career as a high school baseball and basketball coach. He led the Martinsburg High School baseball team to three state titles. He has provided the radio color commentary for the Shepherd football games for over 20 years and has also served in a similar capacity for Shepherd basketball broadcasts.
Stup (Frederick, Md./1992 graduate of Frederick High School) was a four-year standout for the football team from 1992-96. Stup garnered WVIAC Defensive Player of the Year honors in 1996 as he recorded 13 sacks to help lead the Rams to a 7-3 mark. A member of two WVIAC championship teams, Stup’s 33.5 career sacks are the most in program history. He is also the only player in program history to lead the Rams in sacks for four consecutive years.
Runner (Charleston, S.C./1989 graduate of Morgantown High School) served as a coach for the Shepherd women’s basketball team for 12 years. She was an assistant under Hall-of-Famer Betsy Blose from 1997-2002 and later served as head coach from 2002-09. She helped lead the Rams to WVIAC titles in 1999 and 2008. Runner gained Coach of the Year honors in 2007-08 as she led the Rams to a record-setting 24-7 mark and a trip to the East Regional title game. The Rams finished the season ranked 25th nationally. Runner led the Rams to a 116-87 overall mark over her seven-year career as head coach.
The Athletic Hall of Fame banquet will begin with a social hour at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner and induction ceremony at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased through the University’s Office of Alumni Relations by calling 304-876-5157.