CIAA Announces 2009 Hall of Fame Class

By CIAA Media Relations
Updated: February 4, 2009

CIAA HAMPTON, Va. — The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) welcomes seven honorees for induction into the John B. McLendon, Jr. Hall of Fame. The ceremony and brunch will be held at the Westin Hotel on Friday, February 27, 2009, 11:00am, as part of the CIAA Tournament week of events.

This year’s class features CIAA Legends in football, basketball, baseball, track and field and those who have excelled in the coaching and officiating ranks; both on the collegiate and national levels.

John D. “J. D.” Marshall (posthumous)

A graduate of South Carolina State College (University) with a degree in Physical Education, Marshall is recognized as a pioneer in coaching and athletic administration. His coaching career spanned over 40 years and included: Hillside High School, (Heath Spring, SC), Elizabeth City State College (University), Langston University, Livingstone College, Virginia State University, Virginia Union University, South Carolina State University, Johnson C. Smith University and Fayetteville State University.

In athletic administration, J.D. began his nine year stint as Athletic Director for Fayetteville State University in 1980. Marshall is responsible for hiring the first female women’s basketball coach at Fayetteville State University and twice brought the Division II Basketball Regionals to the city of Fayetteville. As a member of the NCAA Division II Football Committee, Marshall established Alabama as the home of the Division II National Championship site. During his tenure on the committee, Marshall is noted to be the second African-American chairperson of this national committee.

Marshall has been inducted into the following Hall of Fames, Livingstone College, Virginia State University, Fayetteville State University and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).

James Sweat

He graduated from Virginia State University in 1959, but Swaet played baseball under coaching legend Joseph Echols at Norfolk State, for whom the current basketball arena is named, before transferring to VSU. Sweat played semi-pro baseball for Norfolk’s West End Giants and the South Norfolk Aces.

Sweat began his basketball coaching career at Hampton University. His teams went 183-40 in seven seasons, including winning the 1987-88 NCAA Division II national championship, with a record of 33-1. His career at Hampton included two CIAA titles, two Virginia Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women state titles and three appearances in the Division II Tournament. He had six seasons of 20 or more wins in his seven years with the Lady Pirates, including three of 30 or more.

His success continued at Norfolk State, where he took over the women’s basketball program in 1988-89. Three years after he became NSU’s head coach, the Spartans won 33 games, the South Atlantic Regional Championship and advanced to the 1991 NCAA Division II Final Four. That team broke and/or tied 25 Norfolk State records. In all, Sweat’s teams made three NCAA Division II South Atlantic Regional appearances and won five CIAA Tournament titles.

Coach James Sweat spent 19 seasons at Norfolk State and 26 overall as a college head coach before he retired at the end of the 2006-07 season. He compiled a record of 346-218 while leading the Lady Spartans and a 529-262 overall record.

Ronald Davis

He’s distinguished himself, both as a successful former professional athlete in the NFL and as a sought-after senior executive in several important marketing, administrative and financial positions.

Davis received a football scholarship from Virginia State University where he received his undergraduate and masters degrees. He was selected as an All-American Football Player in 1972 and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers. Mr. Davis played professionally with several teams including the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Falcons. In 1974, he was a member of the NFL East Division Championship team, the St. Louis Cardinals.

Ronald was inducted into the Virginia State University Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.

Davis has had a great career off the football field. Mr. Davis’ business career is highlighted as a Banker-Branch Manager and Bank Officer with United Virginia Bank (now Sun Trust Bank) in Richmond, Virginia. Ronald’s hospitality career started with the Metropolitan Richmond Convention and Visitors Bureau as a top executive, and has led him to positions including President and CEO of the Oakland California Convention and Visitors Bureau and Authority, President of the Western Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus, Senior Vice President of the San Mateo County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Executive Director of the San Francisco Taxi Cab Commission. His most recent appointment was as the Senior Vice President of Sales Marketing and Customer Satisfaction of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority.

Carlos Terry(posthumous)

Carlos Terry is one of the CIAA’s “60 Greatest Players,” a former NBA Player and one of Big House Gaines’s most dominant players for Winston-Salem State University in the late seventies. Terry had the ability to take over a game with little effort. He was as a sixth man during his freshman season; returning for the next three years earning All-CIAA Forward honors. Carlos was named to the CIAA All-Tournament Team four times. In 1977, he averaged 20 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. He was named Most Valuable Player as he led the Rams to their last CIAA Championship. He was named the 1978 Gaines Award winner as the CIAA Player of the Year, and was a two time All-NAIA District Associated Press Small College All-American. He finished his collegiate career with 1,968 points and 1,360 rebounds.

Terry was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers, but chose to play in the Philippines instead. He later returned to the NBA and played for the Washington Bullets until an injury ended his career. At 32 years of age, Carlos died in a tragic car accident in March of 1989.

April Holmes

A Norfolk State alum and former Spartan track and field star, Holmes won the Gold medal in the women’s 100 meter T44 class 2008 Paralympics Games in Beijing.

It was the first Paralympics Gold medal for Holmes, who won Bronze in the long jump at the 2004 Games in Athens. Holmes, a Somerdale, N.J. native, graduated from NSU in 1996. She earned NCAA Division II All-American honors as part of the 4×400 relay team as a sophomore and junior, and also won numerous All-CIAA honors in cross country, the 400, 800, long jump, high jump and 4×400 multiple times during her career.

In 2001, Holmes, who was pursuing her master’s degree at Drexel University, was struck and run over by a train she was attempting to board in Pennsylvania. Her left leg was amputated below the knee. Since her accident, Holmes has made remarkable strides as both an athlete and advocate for individuals with disabilities. A little more than a year after her accident, Holmes was back on the track and won her debut event (the 100 meters) at the Disabled Sport USA’s International Challenge.

Chandra Sturrup

A Norfolk State University graduate, Sturrup competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing in the 100m sprint for her native Bahamas. Sturrrup won the first round heat in 11.30 seconds to advance to the quarterfinals. There, she took third place (11.16) to become one of 16 semifinalists. Beijing was Stirrup’s fourth Olympic Summer Games after also running in Atlanta (1996 and Sydney (2000), where she won the Gold medal in the 4×1 relay for the Bahamas and in Athens (2004).

Sturrup was a 10 -time NCAA Division II National Champion at Norfolk State from 1992-95, dominating the sprints (60, 100, 200) as well as the long jump. Sturrup has seven individual titles from NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships. She won the 100 meter dash twice (1992, 93) and still holds the NCAA Championship record with time of 11.20 seconds. She also won the 200 meter dash three times (1992, 93, 95) and still holds the NCAA Championships record of 22.85 seconds. Sturrup also was a two-time national champion in the long jump (1992, 95). She is tied with Teena Colebrook of California Poly State University, for the most individual championships won in a career for Division II outdoor track and field championship competition and is the Bahamian national record holder in the 100m (10.84).

Leo Miles, Sr. (posthumous)

A native Washingtonian, Miles Sr. received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Virginia State University.

After attending VSU, Miles played professional football with the New York Giants. A leg injury caused him to terminate his career as a professional athlete, but Leo continued to coach football and teach in the DC Public School System. His career was spent primarily at Bell Vocational High School and Lincoln, Jr. High School, where he won four divisional and three city football championships.

Motivated to serve, Leo continued his career at Howard University as Director of Athletics for 17 years. Miles was credited with helping elevate the school’s athletic program via the achievement of NCAA Division I status in 15 varsity sports. Prior to being hired by the NFL in 1969, Miles, who began officiating sports when he was 15, served 12 years as an official with the CIAA. In 1974, he was the first African-American to officiate a Super Bowl Game. Upon retiring from Howard University, Leo continued as an official for 22 years as head linesman, then culminated his career as a Supervisor of Officials in the New York City Main NFL Office.

In 1995, Miles’ passing was chronicled in Jet Magazine with the headline, “First Black Super Bowl Official Dies in VA.” Leo is enshrined in the Halls of Fame of Virginia State University, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, the Eastern Board of Officials and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.