Four move to Shepherd Hall of Fame

Former woman’s basketball coach Jodie Runner was inducted into the SU Hall of Fame.

The 2012 class to be inducted into the Shepherd Athletic Hall of Fame is four in number.

Vic Holmes, a four-year letterman in both basketball and baseball in the early 1970s, played on two Shepherd basketball teams that won more than 20 games. In basketball, Holmes was twice recognized with All-WVIAC mention. As a baseball player for the Rams, he was a four-year starter who led the Rams in batting average three times. Holmes also posted a career record of 9-0 as a left-handed pitcher.

As a high school coach at Martinsburg High, Holmes had three big-school state championships in baseball and his varsity basketball teams won 75-percent of their games.

Greg Stup was a four-year (1992-96) football standout for the Rams. He was named the WVIAC’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1996, a season where he had 13 sacks and Shepherd had a 7-3 record, Shepherd won WVIAC championships twice while Stup was a player.

He led the Rams in sacks in all four of his seasons and finished his career with a total off 33.5 sacks, still the school record.

Joe Reel also had a four-year career as a football player. He was a defensive tackle from 1967-71 and was a captain of the 1971 team that finished with a 7-3-1 record in Walter Barr’s first season as the Shepherd coach.

Reel was selected to the NAIA All-America honorable mention list following the 1971 season. He was scouted and signed by the British Columbia franchise in the Canadian Football League.

Coach Jodie Runner was Shepherd’s head coach in women’s basketball from 2002-09. Before assuming the role of head coach, Runner had been a Shepherd women’s basketball assistant coach for five seasons.

Shepherd was the WVIAC regular season champion in the 2007-08 season and that team is the only one in the school’s history to be invited to an NCAA Division II national tournament.

While a head coach, Runner’s teams compiled an overall 116-87 record. Her 2007-08 team finished with a 24-7 record and had the most single-season wins in school history. She was the WVIAC Coach of the Year that season.

The annual Hall of Fame induction will take place on Friday, November 9 at the Clarion Hotel just outside of Shepherdstown. This will be the 27th class inducted and will increase the total number of Athletic Hall of Fame members to 129.

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