LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee University has announced the 32nd class to be inducted into its Athletic Hall of Fame in a ceremony the weekend of September 13-14, 2019.
The 2019 class includes former coach and administrator Norm Lord (Deceased), former basketball and track & field athlete Sandra Holmes '96, former field hockey and lacrosse player Kitt Murphy Zuk '05, former swimmer Alex Sweet '08 and the 1973 men's lacrosse team.
The class will be formally inducted at the Athletic Hall of Fame dinner on Friday, September 13 and will be recognized at halftime of the Generals' football game against Sewanee on Saturday, September 14.
Norm Lord served Washington and Lee as a professor, coach and administrator for 43 years until his retirement in 1989. He arrived at W&L in 1946 and was instrumental in the creation of the men's soccer program, serving as head coach from 1947-49. He led the Generals to a 10-12-1 record across their first three seasons, before transitioning to head men's cross country coach (1949-50) and eventually head men's track & field coach (1955-67). In 12 seasons in charge of the track & field program, he led the Generals to a 54-39 record and a perfect 8-0 season in 1961. Aside from coaching, Lord assumed countless roles at W&L, including supervisor of physical education, intramural director, ticket manager and business manager for the athletics department. Lord's impact extended beyond campus and he became the first registered soccer official in the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1948. He officiated over 1,000 games from 1948-75, formed the Virginia Intercollegiate Soccer Association in 1959, and served as the VISA commissioner of officials from 1960-84. For his efforts, he received the prestigious Walt Cormack Track & Field Award for service to the sport in 1977. He was later inducted into the National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association Hall of Fame in 1984, and was named the association's "Man of the Year" in 1989. Ultimately, Lord was enshrined in the Virginia High School Hall of Fame in 1991 and the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1995.
Sandra Holmes '96 earned four letters in track & field and three more in basketball. She was instrumental in the early development of both programs, serving as a team captain for the track & field team as a junior and becoming one of the founding members of the women's basketball team. In basketball, she was the first woman from W&L to ever earn All-ODAC honors, garnering honorable mention laurels as a junior. She earned the Team MVP award each of her final two seasons and finished her career with 775 points, 545 rebounds and 121 steals, while shooting 43.3 percent from the field. In track & field, she earned First Team All-ODAC honors as the javelin champion at the 1995 ODAC Outdoor Championship, the first official league championship. She graduated holding school records in the indoor shot put (36'04.50"), the outdoor shot put (38'4.00'') and the outdoor discus (118'5.00''). Her record in the outdoor shot put still stands today.
Kitt Murphy Zuk '05 was a four-year letterwinner for both the field hockey and lacrosse teams, serving as a team captain for both teams as a senior. As a midfielder in field hockey, she earned All-ODAC honors each of her four seasons, posting First Team All-ODAC accolades as a sophomore and Second Team laurels as a junior and senior. Additionally, she was an honorable mention All-ODAC selection as a first-year. She played in all 69 games during her four seasons, starting 67 contests and totaling 53 points on 19 goals and 15 assists. She graduated as the third-leading scorer in program history, while her career assist total ranked second and her career goal total ranked third. Also a midfielder in lacrosse, she was a three-time First Team All-ODAC honoree and a First Team All-South Region selection as a sophomore and senior. She also earned Third Team All-America honors in her final campaign. Murphy Zuk played in 70 games (69 starts) and finished with 61 points on 52 goals and nine assists. She also tallied 180 ground balls, 96 draw controls and 85 caused turnovers. She helped the lacrosse team to a 56-17 overall record and 30-2 mark in the ODAC over her four seasons.
Alex Sweet '08 played basketball as a first-year and then earned three letters as a member of the swimming team, which he captained as a senior. As a center on the basketball team, he played in six games during his rookie campaign, scoring two points and grabbing one rebound. He moved on to the swimming team as a sophomore and made an immediate impact, earning All-America honors an astounding 15 times in three seasons. A three-time First Team All-Bluegrass Mountain Conference selection, Sweet qualified for the NCAA Championship all three years in the pool. As a senior, he earned six First Team All-America citations and won the 2008 NCAA Championship in the 50 freestyle, setting an NCAA Championship record (19.85) in the process. Sweet graduated holding school records in the 50 free (19.85), 100 free (44.51) and 200 free (1:39.10), and he was part of the record-setting 400 medley (3:26.85), 200 free (1:21.55), 400 free (3:02.53) and 800 free (6:44.57) relay teams. Buoyed by Sweet's individual success, W&L finished 14th at the NCAA Championships during his sophomore season, and eighth each of his final two seasons. He was named the 2008 recipient of the Pres Brown Award as the outstanding senior male athlete at W&L. Following his W&L career, Sweet competed in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, finishing 64th in the 50 free with a time of 23.28. He went on to attend medical school at the University of Louisville, using his final season of eligibility to compete on the Cardinals' swimming team. He qualified for the NCAA Division I meet in the 50 free and earned All-America honors as part of the 200 medley relay team that finished 11th (UofL's highest-ever relay finish at that point) at the 2009 NCAA Division I meet.
The 1973 men's lacrosse team was among the greatest lacrosse teams in W&L's illustrious history in the sport. The Generals posted the first undefeated regular season (13-0) in program history and completed the year with a 14-1 overall mark, ranking as high as fourth in the national polls and advancing to the semifinals of the NCAA Division I Tournament. W&L's high-powered offense averaged 15.9 goals per game, while a stingy defense allowed an average of just 8.5 goals to its opponents. The Generals knocked off many of the game's greatest programs throughout the season, defeating the likes of Princeton (12-11), Towson (12-11), Duke (26-7), North Carolina (14-9) and Virginia (15-11). In the NCAA Championship, W&L posted a 13-12 overtime win over Navy in the quarterfinals, before the season ended with an 18-6 loss to Maryland in the semifinals. All told, 11 players and coaches from the 1973 team have been individually enshrined in the W&L Athletics Hall of Fame. Additionally, four others from the 1973 team, Ted Bauer '74, Skeet Chadwick '74, Skip Lichtfuss '74 and coach Jack Emmer, have been elected to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.