The Athletic Hall of Fame of the Lower Virginia Peninsula will grow by six at its induction ceremony on May 4.
That's when Joe Buggs, Carol Frenck, Charlie Hovis, Dennis Kozlowski, Charlie Nuttycombe and C.J. Woollum will be inducted, raising the number of inductees since the hall of fame was created in 1971 to 64.
The hall inducts up to six new members every three years.
She was a world-class racquetball player, winning the 1980 national open singles title and several national doubles championships. She was a three-time member of the United States national team and competed on the 1984 U.S. team that won the world championship. After retiring from racquetball, Frenck went on to win two cycling gold medals in the National Senior Games. She began Ferguson High School’s girls’ tennis team in 1975, winning the state championship a year later. She then coached the team to seven straight district titles from 1989 to 1995.
Charles S. Hovis
He became the head football coach of Tabb High School in 1980 and for the next 24 years helped build an elite program. The Tigers went 186-84-2 during that span, winning the Group AA state championship in 1981 and the Division 4 state titles in 1987 and 1990. From 1980 through 1995, the Tigers went 157-33-2, reached the state playoffs six times, and produced future NFL standouts Chris Slade and Terry Kirby. Hovis began his coaching career as an assistant at York High School from 1959 through 1968, and was head coach there 1969 through 1975.
He began teaching and coaching at Bethel High School in 1968. He became head football coach in 1974 and his teams won 172 games and three state championships (Group AAA in 1974 and 1976, and Division 5 in 1992). He coached track from 1968 through 1993, producing more than 75 individual or relay state champions. Kozlowski’s teams won Group AAA outdoor state championships in 1975, 1984, and 1986. As the school’s athletic director from 1983 through 2000, Bethel teams won 21 Peninsula District titles and 13 state team championships.
He coached football and track at Newport News High School and Menchville High School from 1956 through 1990. His football teams won 150 games from 1961 through 1988, and he began Menchville’s program “from scratch” in 1970. In track, he was a state champion broad jumper in high school in Richmond. As a coach, teams he coached (either as head coach, co-coach or assistant coach) won 21 state championships. Nuttycombe’s track teams produced more than 100 individual or relay state championships.
In 2002, the selection committee established the outstanding achievement award to honor those whose achievements on and off the field have played a significant role in the development and promotion of athletes and athletics in the local area.
Honorees in 2014 are Mary McCoy for her outstanding contributions to little league baseball and Henry Morgan for his devotion to the Peninsula Pilots summer baseball team.
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