Joe Gregory, who serves a lead role for both the Norfolk Admirals and Norfolk Tides, was honored Tuesday night as the Sportsperson of the Year at the Norfolk Sports Club's 68th Annual Jamboree.
The 34-year-old has headed the Admirals hockey operation since 2008-09 and is entering his second season as general manger of the Orioles' Triple-A baseball team. The Admirals won the AHL championship last season, and attendance has risen by an average of about 1,000 a game under his watch.
The jamboree featured former U.S. Sen. George Allen as master of ceremonies and his brother, Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen, as keynote speaker, and was held at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott. College football coaches Jimbo Fisher (Florida State), Bobby Wilder (Old Dominion) and Frank Beamer (Virginia Tech) were among those presenting awards.
The club honored First Colonial field hockey coach Beanie Schleicher and star player Brooke Hiltz as the top coach and athlete from the area. Norfolk State's Anthony Evans, whose basketball team went 16-0 during the regular season in the MEAC this season, was named Virginia's outstanding collegiate coach.
Retired ODU field hockey coach Beth Anders and Johnny Brown, a former star athlete at Maury High and at William and Mary, received lifetime achievement awards.
Also honored at various cermonies held Tuesday:
-- Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke, Virginia's outstanding collegiate athlete.
-- Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel (Bayside High), President's Award for outstanding achievement.
-- Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd (Phoebus), outstanding collegiate athlete who attended a Virginia high school.
-- Joe Brown, the sports club's sergeant at arms, the Joe Brown Award for sports club member of the year.
-- Hank Sawyer, football coach at Lake Taylor High, special recognition to the ideals and goals of the club.
-- Harry Minium, Virginian-Pilot sportswriter, for outstanding coverage of local sports.
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