LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee University has announced its 23rd class to be inducted into its Athletic Hall of Fame. The class includes former basketball coach Verne Canfield, former lacrosse player Don Carroll ’76, former football, lacrosse and wrestling athlete Robert Hull ’96, and former soccer, lacrosse and basketball player Karin Treese Bauer ’99.
The 2010 class will be honored at the Athletic Hall of Fame dinner on Friday, September 24 and will be recognized at halftime of the Generals’ football game against Averett on Saturday, September 25.
Verne Canfield served as the Generals’ men’s basketball coach for 31 seasons (1965-95), compiling a 460-337 (.557) record. His 460 wins still ranked 39th on the Division III all-time wins list entering the 2009-10 season. Canfield coached the Generals to 22 winning seasons, including a stretch of 13-straight from 1966-79. His teams won nine conference championships (5 CAC/1 VCAA/3 ODAC) and advanced to NCAA Tournament play on four occasions. Canfield coached four teams to 20-win seasons, including the 1976-77 team, which won a school-record 23 games (23-5) and finished the season ranked fourth nationally. He coached 26 players to first team all-conference honors and six players were named All-Americans during his tenure. Additionally, six of his players are already members of the W&L Athletic Hall of Fame (Mike Neer ’70, Mel Cartwright ’70, Mike Daniel ’72, Skip Lichtfuss ’74, Pat Dennis ’78, Dave Leunig ’80).
Don Carroll ’76 was a four-year letterwinner and two-year captain for the lacrosse program, helping the Generals to four-straight NCAA Division I Tournament berths, including three appearances in the semifinals. He completed his career with a then-school-record 234 career points, a total which still ranks second all-time at W&L. Carroll remains the school’s career assist leader (131), while his 103 goals rank 10th in school history. He still holds the school’s single-season assist record (45) and his seven assists against William & Mary in 1975 are tied for second-best game total in program history. Carroll’s 85 points during the 1975 season are the third-best in school history and ranked third in collegiate lacrosse that season. Carroll received First Team All-South Atlantic region honors and was an Honorable Mention All-America selection at attack following his junior and senior seasons. He was also a team captain for the 1976 North-South Senior All-Star game.
Robert Hull ’96 earned four letters as a member of the football team, one as a member of the wrestling team and participated for two years with the lacrosse team. He played in 12 games for the lacrosse team over his freshman and sophomore seasons, totaling four goals and three assists. As a junior, Hull competed on the wrestling team as a heavyweight, posting a 15-9 overall record with six wins by fall. He advanced to the NCAA East Regional where he finished fourth overall. It was on the football field, however, where Hull shined. He played in all 37 games as a defensive lineman during his four years, starting all 28 games his final three seasons. Over his four seasons, he totaled 335 tackles, 65 tackles for a loss, a school-record 31 sacks, forced 14 fumbles, recovered seven fumbles and blocked five kicks. A three-time First Team All-ODAC and First Team All-State selection, Hull was selected to the Division III All-America team three times, including as a first team pick following his senior season when he set a school record with 14 sacks. He was also named ODAC Player of the Year, Virginia College Division Player of the Year, Richmond Touchdown Club Division II-III Defensive Lineman of the Year, College Sports Magazine Division III Defensive Player of the Year and was a finalist for the Gagliardi Award as the top player in Division III following his senior campaign. Hull capped his fine career by receiving the W&L Senior Male Athlete of the Year Award in 1996.
Karin Treese Bauer ’99 received four letters with the soccer program, two with the lacrosse team and two with the basketball team. She was a guard on the basketball team for three seasons, playing 38 games and leading the team in assists as a freshman, while scoring 165 career points. In lacrosse, she played in 28 games as a defender her final two years, totaling 10 goals and eight assists. It was soccer where Treese Bauer truly excelled and served as a two-year team captain. She played in all 63 games over her career, starting 56 contests and finishing her career with a school-record 167 points on a school-record 72 goals and 23 assists (fourth all-time). She also still holds the school record for points in a game (11) and is tied for the top spot for goals in a game (4, three times), assists in a game (3) and goals in a season (23). Additionally, she graduated ranked in the Top 20 in Division III history in career goals per game (1.14). Treese Bauer was a four-time All-ODAC selection, three-time All-South Region honoree and a two-time All-State pick. She was named the W&L Outstanding Freshman Female Athlete in 1996 and the W&L Outstanding Senior Female Athlete in 1999.
The Washington and Lee University Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1987 by the W&L Alumni Association. The Hall of Fame was designed to honor and memorialize those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Washington and Lee athletics and have helped bring recognition, honor, excellence and distinction to the University and its intercollegiate athletic program. Including this year’s honorees, the W&L Athletic Hall of Fame has enshrined 108 former athletes.
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