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ASHLAND, VA – The Randolph-Macon College Athletics Hall of Fame welcomed five new members on Saturday, January 26, 2013. Close to two hundred guests attended the annual induction ceremony that was held in the College’s Brock Center.
Former soccer standouts Matt Bitsko ’94 and Erin Hamm ’97 were joined by former football star Jody Kane ’92, baseball’s Jack Walker ’85 and men’s lacrosse standout Paul Tomick ’93 as the 16th induction class, bringing the total number of hall of famers to 81.
Erin Hamm ’97
Hamm is arguably the best defender in not only school history, but in the history of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. She was a two-time All-American and a three-time All-Region selection. Hamm was named the ODAC player of the Year as both a junior and a senior, earning first-team all-league laurels in each of her years on the pitch. Hamm was also a four-time First-Team All-State selection and was named the Commonwealth’s Player of the Year as both a junior and senior.
Jody Kane ’92
Kane left Ashland as the most prolific pass rusher in school history and in the history of the ODAC. In just three seasons, he registered 212 tackles, 46 of which were for a loss of yards. Kane’s 38 quarterbacksacks still ranks as both a school and ODAC record. A two-time Second-Team All-American, Kane was named First-Team All-ODAC as both a sophomore and junior. He was also named the ODAC Player of the Year in 1989, becoming just the second defensive player in league history to earn that award.
Matt Bitsko ’94
Bitsko was a standout for the men’s soccer program during his time in Ashland. Bitsko was a three-time First-Team All-ODAC selection. Following his junior and senior years, he was named both First-Team All-State and All-Region. After serving as captain of R-MC’s VISA championship team, Bitsko was named a First-Team All-American. He also made history on R-MC’s baseball diamond, making 10 starts on the mound as a freshman, which included the lone no-hitter in school history.
Paul Tomick ’93
Tomick is just the second men’s lacrosse player to be elected to R-MC’s Hall of Fame. Tomick graduated as Randolph-Macon’s all-time leader in points (267) and assists (170). A two-time First-Team All-ODAC selection, he was named an Honorable Mention All-American following his senior season. During that season Tomick led the ODAC and set school records with 77 points and 48 assists. He also helped R-MC to two of its most successful seasons. In 1992, He scored 32 goals and dished out 45 assists to lead R-MC to a school record of 10 victories. The Yellow Jackets followed that up with nine wins the following season.
Jack Walker ’85
Walker is considered one of the best all-around baseball players in the program’s history. A standout center fielder, Walker finished his career with a .377 batting average which was second-best in R-MC history at the time of his graduation. His 112 hits was ranked eighth all-time and his 36 stolen bases ranked fifth. Walker was a three-time All-ODAC honoree, including two first-team selections (freshman and senior). Walker was named ODAC Player of the Year in 1985 after hitting .489 and knocking in 24 runners.
Walker’s father, William M. Walker Jr. ’53 was inducted into the R-MC Hall of Fame in 2003, making the two the first father-son duo to earn this distinction as individuals. The Walkers join former R-MC Men’s Basketball Coach Paul Webb who was inducted in 1997 as an individual and his son Eddie, who was a member of the 1976-77 men’s basketball team that was inducted in 2008.
The Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1996 to honor and memorialize those individuals who, by outstanding achievement in athletics or service to Randolph-Macon athletics, have made lasting contributions to the cause of sports at the College and have helped bring recognition, honor, excellence, and distinction to the College and its intercollegiate athletic program. The Hall of Fame may also honor former athletes who have made outstanding contributions to society in general. This year’s inductees were chosen by the Athletic Hall of Fame Selection Committee. Those not selected this year will be considered for induction in subsequent years.
To be eligible for the Randolph-Macon Hall of Fame, an alumnus must have been a full-time student for at least two years and a letter-winner in at least one varsity sport. Alumni are eligible at any time beginning 10 years after leaving Randolph-Macon. Coaches, athletic trainers, team managers, who have made outstanding contributions of service to Randolph-Macon athletics, are also eligible. For more information or to nominate someone, visit www.rmcathletics.com.