Marshall Hall of Fame Class has Strong State Ties


This is Hall of Fame weekend for Marshall University Athletics. A new Hall of Fame Class will be inducted at a dinner on Friday night on campus at the Memorial Student Center. They will then be honored again in pre-game ceremonies prior to the football game with Virginia Tech on Saturday.

Several members of the new class have strong ties to the state of West Virginia.  Here are some thoughts on Marshall’s newest Hall of Fame Class.

JONATHAN CLARK–Golf (1992-96). Clark came to Marshall from Pennsylvania and he never left. He has been the long time pro at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club in Hurricane and continues to be a top state amateur player.

JOHN DOTSON–Cross Country and Track (1977-81). Dotson is a Kanawha County native and a 1976 state champion miler at DuPont High School.  He was a four time all-Southern Conference selection in cross country and a 1,500 meter champ in outdoor track.

TALY GOODE–Soccer (1996-2000).  He is considered the best soccer goalie in school history. He is now an assistant coach at Ohio State.

ROY "LEGS" HAWLEY–Director of Athletics (1926-35). He is a legendary name in West Virginia, having served with distinction as the Director of Athletics at both WVU and Marshall. He is in virually every sport Hall of Fame in our state.

KEN LABANOWSKI–Basketball (1977-81).  "Labo" was one of the top rebounders in Marshall basketball history and played for the late Stu Aberdeen and Bob Zuffelato.  His bruising, physical style of play made him a fan favorite.

SAM MANOS–Football (1982-86).  Manos was a part of the group that turned Marshall football around in the mid-1980’s. He was an ironman center for coaches Stan Parrish and George Chaump and went on to play in the NFL for Cincinnati.

TIM MARTIN–Football (1992-96).  He was a part of two I-AA national championship teams in football as a wide receiver. He also played baseball in 1994 and 1995.

ROBIN VEALEY–Basketball and Volleyball (1972-76).  She was one of the Marshall’s early women’s sports pioneers playing basketbal and volleyball. She is also a Kanawha County native having played in high school at Herbert Hoover.

DAN WELLS–Football (1975-78).  Wells played in an era when Marshall football was re-building after the plane crash. He started every down as an offensive lineman for four years. 

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