Lynchburg, Va. -- University of Lynchburg, its alumni office, and the Hornets athletic department are proud to announce the 2018 class of the Lynchburg Sports Hall of Fame.
This year's class includes Lynchburg greats in baseball, men's lacrosse, softball, and men's tennis, as well as one Team of Distinction:
Peter Crassweller '70, men's tennis
Crassweller is one of the most successful tennis players in the history of the institution, culminating with his qualification for the NAIA national tournament in 1969. He was an All-Dixie Conference and All-District 29 player at both singles and doubles. After graduation, he coached a Connecticut-based junior team to the National Junior Tennis League championship in 1972. Crassweller lives in Chapel Hill, N.C. and works as a psychologist.
Caroline Cubbage '07, softball
One of the most feared sluggers in the history of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, Cubbage rewrote the Lynchburg and ODAC record books in her time as a Hornet. She became Lynchburg softball's first All-American as a freshman in 2004 and repeated the feat in 2006 and 2007. As a junior, she led the nation in home runs with 17. As a senior, she set the NCAA Division III record for walks in a season with 54. She was ODAC player of the year twice and led the Hornets to a league title in 2007. She still holds Lynchburg's single-season and career records in slugging percentage, home runs, runs batted in, and walks and single-season records for doubles and runs scored. Cubbage served as head softball coach at Concordia University in Seward, Neb., and the ODAC's own Randolph College before shifting into her current career as associate director of recruiting with Search Solutions Group in Charlotte, N.C.
Garrett Curran '08, men's lacrosse
Anchoring the goal for four seasons, Curran helped Lynchburg to a pair of ODAC championships and three NCAA Division III tournaments in his time minding the net. He was a three-time All-ODAC goalie, the conference rookie of the year in 2005, and the league's player of the year as a senior in 2008, when he was an IMLCA Scholar All-American and played in the Division III North-South All-Star Game. Curran ranks fourth in program history in career saves (681), seventh in save percentage (.589), and ninth in ground balls (296). He stayed on as a graduate assistant and earned his master's in business administration from Lynchburg in 2010. Curran currently works with IT giant TEKsystems in New York, N.Y.
Steven Scott '06, baseball
Called by his teammates the greatest player in the history of Lynchburg baseball, Scott was an All-American as a sophomore in 2004 and holds the program's career records for games played (156), hits (227), RBI (188), doubles (46), and walks (90). He drove in a school record 67 runs in 2005, the second of his three All-ODAC seasons. He lives in his hometown of Midlothian, Va. and currently works with Life Fitness.
Team of Distinction: 2008 softball team
The first Lynchburg athletic team to reach a national championship weekend, Coach Dawn Simmons' squad took advantage of the program's second NCAA tournament bid with a trip to nearby Salem, Va. for the Division III National Championship. The Hornets vanquished Virginia Wesleyan, 4-1, for the ODAC title and later took down LaGrange, Neumann, and Ursinus to win the Fayetteville (N.C.) Regional and reach the World Series, where they fell to Muskingum and Ithaca. The team's 39-8 record is still a high-water mark for wins in program history. Third baseman Elizabeth Perkins was a second-team All-American, first-team All-Atlantic Region and ODAC player of the year. Freshman Katie Bruce was ODAC pitcher of the year, and Perkins, Bruce, center fielder Brittany Allsop, and first baseman Tara Campbell were all-region selections.
The group will be formally inducted at the 2018 Homecoming Weekend Alumni Awards Reception & Dinner on Friday, Oct. 19, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the third floor of the Drysdale Student Center. Cost is $30 per person, and attendees should register by Aug. 1.
Follow this link to RSVP for the awards banquet and other exciting 2018 Lynchburg Homecoming events.
Check back on LynchburgSports.com the week prior to the Homecoming inductions for a series of features on this year's Lynchburg Sports Hall of Fame class.
To see the full list of Lynchburg Sports Hall of Famers, Teams of Distinction, and special citation award winners, click here.