Local Sports Hall of Fame to Induct Coach Forsyth
Virginia Wesleyan’s first athletic director, Donald M. Forsyth, will be inducted into the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday, October 21. Hired in 1969 as the first full-time employee in Virginia Wesleyan College Athletics, Forsyth served as both men’s basketball and golf coaches in addition to his role as director. He was instrumental in the formation of the successful 14 varsity sports program and guided the development of the athletic fields and the construction of the Cunningham Gymnasium. Today, the Marlins compete on the Donald M. Forsyth Court in the Convocation Center inside the Jane P. Batten Student Center. In his 29 years at the College, Forsyth served as mentor and friend to athletes on and off the court. In men’s basketball, he led the College to two conference championships in 1978 and 1979, three NCAA berths, nine consecutive winning seasons, and two 20 plus-win seasons. His awards include being named three times as Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, National Association of Basketball Coaches South Atlantic Region Coach of the Year, and the Virginia Beach Sport Club Director’s Award. In recognition of his contributions to VWC athletics, Forsyth was inducted into the Charter Class of Virginia Wesleyan’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009. The Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame honors outstanding athletes, coaches, administrators and media members who came from Hampton Roads or who made noteworthy contributions to sports in the area. Inductees are chosen by a committee comprised of local media, coaches and sports enthusiasts, along with input from fans. The 2014 Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony/banquet will take place at Norfolk Scope. For information or to make reservations, call 757.622.2222 ext. 101 or visit www.hrsportshalloffame.com.