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CIAA Names Hall Of Fame Class Of 2008
The newly inducted honorees will also be recognized at center-court at the Charlotte Bobcats Arena during the week of the 63rd CIAA Basketball Tournament from February 25 to March 1.
This year’s class features a range of talented individuals including one of the world’s most prized track & field record-holders, to three pace-setting coaches who each remain in-service to their sport; beating record breaking paths of their own.
John Borican (posthumous)
As touted by Life Magazine in 1941, Borican was “America’s Greatest Track and Field Athlete.” Borican held 6 world records in Track and Field at the time of his death. He was inducted into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2000 and Virginia State University Hall of Fame in 1980. Borican won 3 CIAA Championships in Track & Field 1936-38 and was captain of the 1938 CIAA Championship Football Team In 1938, Borican was the only member of an HBCU to win an individual medal at the Penn Relays; taking the 400 meter hurdles in a time of 53.6 seconds. Borican’s talents had also extended into the fine arts. He painted three portraits of VSU Presidents, which currently sit on display in the Board Room of Virginia Hall on VSU’s campus.
Dr. Alvin Brown
Dr. Brown was a three-year letterman on the 1941, 1942 and 1943 Morgan State football teams. He served as co-captain of the undefeated 1945 CIAA Championship Team. Brown held several assistant coaching duties between 1945-1956, before entering Meharry Medical College. In 1966-1969 Brown served as the athletic physician for the Morgan State Football Team. He also served as the primary athletic physician for the Baltimore Orioles. Dr. Alvin Brown has been inducted into the Morgan State University Hall of Fame and was named Distinguished Alumnus of the Year for Meharry Medical College in 1985.
Glover was named to the All-CIAA Basketball team three years in a row. (1961-1964) “Juice” was a teammate of Earl the Pearl Monroe and scored over 1700 points and 1000+ rebounds over his basketball career. As a teacher in the Newark and East Orange Public School Systems for over thirty-two years, he developed a program called “Second Chance.” The program allowed students to have a chance to catch-up on subjects that posed a problem for them. Glover is a member of the Newark Hall of Fame.
Tiny Laster (posthumous)
Laster served as Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Hampton University, where in his first year (1988) he led the Lady Pirates to a 20 win season and an NCAA Division II appearance. Laster currently holds the post as the 2nd winningest coach at Hampton University, 431-237. He was named CIAA Softball Coach of the Year in 1994 and has won CIAA Women’s Basketball Championships in 1993 and 1995. A former volleyball coach as well, Laster served as a pioneer in women’s athletics; having served on national committees that established rules and policies for women’s intercollegiate athletics, including the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) and the NCAA.
Lt. Col. Jona McKee
This 41-year President of Virginia State University’s Athletic Booster Club lettered in football and track and was named to the All-CIAA Honorable Mention Team in 1950-51. McKee entered VSU in 1949 after serving in the war. McKee was on the 1952 CIAA Football Championship Team and has been inducted into the VSU Hall of Fame and the Virginia State College Military Hall of Fame. He has published numerous papers on youth unemployment; served in key management positions in the military and private sector and has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal, World War II Victory Medal., FEDA-Korean ST, Vietnam Service Medal with 2 Battle Stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and has received a Presidential Unit Citation.
Dr. Robert M. Screen
Dr. Screen has been the Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach at Hampton University for 36 seasons. Screen is the winningest coach of all-time among NCAA Division I coaches of men’s and women’s tennis. Screen has won 22 CIAA Championships and 2 NCAA Division II National Championships (1976 and 1988); becoming the only HBCU coach to have won a national tennis title.
Joe Taylor (Coach)
Coach Taylor left the ranks of CIAA Football with the longest win streak of 23 games. Coach Taylor’s Pirates were recognized as the NCAA Division II statistical champions for scoring offense & rushing defense.
//<![CDATA[ //]]> While in the CIAA, Taylor led the Pirates to three consecutive CIAA Football Championships and two NCAA Playoff appearances. Taylor coached at the helm of two CIAA schools; Virginia Union University and Howard University. He recently departed Hampton University as the winningest coach at that institution, after serving 17 seasons.
Dave Robbins (Coach)
Robbins is now in his 30th season as Head Coach of the Men’s Basketball team at Virginia Union University (VUU). Robbins has won three national championships while at VUU from 1978 to the present. He has also guided the Panthers to numerous NCAA Elite Eight appearances, 12 CIAA Championships, 22 NCAA Tournament appearances and has logged over 700 wins. Robbins became the fifth coach in Division II history to rich this plateau. Robbins is also one of two coaches to win three NCAA Championships in three different decades (1980, 1992, 2005). He has also produced great NBA players such as Ben Wallace of the Chicago Bulls, Charles Oakley and Terry Davis to name a few.