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Athletic Hall of Fame

The Hampton Roads Academy Athletic Hall of Fame award was established in winter of 2015 to recognize an individual or individuals of HRA whose accomplishments have brought pride and distinction to HRA athletics. It should serve to inspire our current students to achieve greatness in athletics while embodying the HRA core values.

Athletes and teams will be eligible for nomination at any time beginning 10 years after they have graduated from HRA. Current coaches and administrators are eligible after direct affiliation with the athletic program has ended. Exceptions may be made by unanimous vote by the selection committee.

2016 Athletic Hall of Fame - click name to read more

1989 Varsity Golf Team
Coach Hal Tayloe+
Billy Carpenter , Vic Kane, Charles Wentworth from the Class of 1989
Joe Cantrell, Ben Hill, Everette Seay from the Class of 1990
Thomas Garner from the Class of 1991
Hank Hankins, Kevin Hutchens and Robbie Lanier from the Class of 1992

Emily Behncke '02 - Soccer

The 2016 event was held on Saturday, October 29 in the Charles R. Spencer Jr. gym lobby. Friends and families of honorees gathered for the official induction into the Hall of Fame.

Billy Legg `68 introduced Mike Dickens `65 and recalled Mike living with his family during senior year, as Mike's family had been transfererd. They were teammates and became close friends. Mike went on to play basketball at Davidson and then as a professional in Europe.

The 1989 Varsity Golf Team was introduced by Max Gillespie, HRA's Athletic Director.  He fondly remembered Hal Tayloe, the golf coach at the time, who passed away in 2005. Hal Tayloe was dedicated to this program and laid the foundation for success. Former Headmaster Don Woodruff sent a note recalling the great accomplishments of this group. Don remembers other coaches commenting on the demeanor and gentlemanly behavior of our team. He feels that the late Arnold Palmer would agree that they represented well what is good about the sport of golf. Thomas Garner `91 appreciated that the team was honored this year and said that the best part of their experience was the camaraderie they shared as a team. 

Nathalie Cooper Rose `03 introduced Emily Behncke `02. She shared her memories as a teammate and listed Emily's accomplishments, both at HRA and at Princeton, as a standout soccer player. Emily also played at the professional level after college.


Nominations will be accepted for any individual(s) who, through their extraordinary achievement, commitment, sacrifice, and dedication to our athletic program has brought pride and distinction to our school and our community. This would include accomplishments, statistical records, number and stature of awards received, successes in life after graduation including service to HRA and our athletic program, prominence in the community, recognition of the friend/administrator/supporter’s devotion and dedication to HRA athletics.

Nominations will be made on the nomination form found on the HRA website. These forms may be submitted by any member of the HRA community including faculty, staff, alumnae, parents, and members of the surrounding community.

Click here for the online nomination form. 

Click here for a PDF of the nomination form. 

Selection Process

The Hall of Fame Selection Committee will read and review the submitted nominations and vote for induction in the Hampton Roads Academy Hall of Fame. 


Winners will be inducted at an annual Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Breakfast during Homecoming Weekend.  Recipients will receive a framed recognition plaque to take home. A second plaque will be permanently installed in a designated area in the Spencer Gymnasium.

Contact Info

Debbie Tanner `70
Alumni Relations and Events
Advancement Office 
Phone: (757) 884-9113
Email: dtanne@hra.org

Online Nomination Form

Click here for the online Athletic Hall of Fame Nomination Form.

Printed Nomination Form

Past Athletic Hall of Fame Honorees

School Information

739 Academy Lane
Newport News, VA 23602
P: (757) 884-9100  |  F: (757) 884-9137
HRA is accredited through the Virginia Association of Independent Schools, a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and is a National Blue Ribbon School.