Virginia Tech Sports Hall Of Fame Class Of 2024 Announced

Eight new members of the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame were announced on Monday. (Virginia Tech athletics)

Virginia Tech announced its 2024 Sports Hall of Fame class on Monday. The eight members are Jeff Artis-Gray, Larsen Bowker, Duane Brown, Dave Cianelli, Brittany Pryor, Heather Savage, Logan Shinholser and Tyrod Taylor.

The group will be honored at halftime of the Virginia Tech-Rutgers football game on Sept. 21, in Lane Stadium. The Hall of Fame dinner and ceremony are scheduled for Friday, Sept. 20, at The Inn at Virginia Tech.

The Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame, which was established in 1982, will have 233 members with the additions of the 2024 class.

The Inductees

Jeff Artis-Gray was a five-time All-American for the Hokies from 2011-2013 in track and field. The long jump champion at the 2013 ACC Indoor Championship, he set four school records — two in the long jump (indoor and outdoor), the 60-meter hurdles (indoor) and the 110-meter hurdles (outdoor).

His first All-America accolade came at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships, where he was the first leg on the 4x100m relay team that finished 13th and earned second-team All-America honors. A year later, he closed his career with a career-best fifth-place finish at the NCAAs in the long jump with a mark of 7.85m.

Larsen Bowker coached tennis at Virginia Tech for 18 seasons (1979-98) — 12 with the men’s program and six with the women’s team. On the men’s side, he led the Hokies to three Atlantic 10 championships and two NCAA Regional finals.

A two-time conference coach of the year and the 1997 NCAA Region I Coach of the Year, he developed two of the program’s three All-Americans in Aaron Marchetti (a three-time A-10 Player of the Year) and Oliver Mayo (1996 A-10 Player of the Year), both of whom are Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Famers. With the women’s team, he mentored 1982 Metro Conference singles champion Andrea Fink.

Duane Brown was a two-time All-ACC pick who won two ACC title teams in his four-year career with the Hokies from 2004-07. After starting in Blacksburg as a tight end, he transitioned to the offensive line, where he started 40 games over his final three seasons.

A two-time Offensive Lineman of the Year by the Richmond Touchdown Club, he also excelled on special teams. He blocked three kicks during his career, including an extra point and a field goal in the 2007 ACC title game. A first-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft by Houston, Brown played for the Texans for a decade before a five-year stint with Seattle. The five-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro selection is currently a free agent after playing most recently for the New York Jets in 2023.

Duane Brown (76) and Tyrod Taylor (5) are officially in the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame. (Virginia Tech athletics)

Dave Cianelli had a legendary run as the leader of Virginia Tech’s track and field and cross country programs from 2001-24. The 20-time ACC Coach of the Year mentored 20 individual national champions, 352 All-Americans, 261 individual ACC champions and 18 ACC Track and Field Performers of the Year.

The Hokies won 22 ACC team titles in his tenure and finished in the top five at the NCAA Championships on four occasions. He coached Queen Harrison, who won the Bowerman Award in 2010, given annually to the most outstanding track and field athlete in the country. She was one of 10 Hokies to qualify for the Olympics under Cianelli’s watch.

Brittany Pryor was a six-time All-American and won six ACC championships in just three track and field seasons at Virginia Tech (2006-09). She holds five top-10 marks in program history between the shot put, hammer throw, weight throw and discus throw.

In 2008, Pryor won three conference championships and was the first Hokie to win two ACC indoor titles in the same season in shot put (indoor and outdoor) and weight throw. She finished seventh at the NCAAs three times — twice in shot put, once in hammer throw — and ninth and 11th once each.

Heather Savage was a two-time All-American and two-time ACC Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the Hokies from 2010-13. She was dominant in the 100 butterfly — her time of 51.78 seconds is still the school record — and won two conference championships in the event.

Savage was the first women’s swimmer at Virginia Tech to become an All-American by placing seventh in the 100 butterfly at the 2012 NCAA Championships. She posted an undefeated record in the event the following year and won three ACC titles, which included the 200 and 400 medley relays. At the 2013 NCAA Championships, she finished eighth in the 100 butterfly while helping the program place 21st.

Logan Shinholser was an incredible diver in his four years at Virginia Tech from 2009-13. The program’s most decorated athlete, he was a four-time All-American and the Hokies’ only men’s diving ACC champion.

A four-time NCAA qualifier, he claimed gold at the 2012 ACC Championships in the 1-meter and 3-meter events and was named ACC Diver of the Year. Shinholser was a four-time All-ACC academic honoree and was named the 2012-13 ACC Men’s Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Outside of Blacksburg, he represented the United States and competed in the 2012 Olympic Trials.

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Tyrod Taylor is a Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Famer. (Tech Sideline)

Tyrod Taylor was a three-time ACC champion, the 2010 ACC Player of the Year and the most valuable player of the 2010 conference title game. He played for the Hokies from 2007-10, posted a 34-8 record and owned the most wins by a starting quarterback in program history at the conclusion of his career. He stands second all-time at Tech in career passing yards with 7,017 and 15th in career rushing yards with 2,196, the most of any quarterback.

In 2010, he completed 24 touchdown passes, the second-best single-season mark in school history, while helping Tech to an 11-3 record. Taylor was selected by Baltimore in the 2011 NFL Draft and won a Super Bowl as a backup in 2012. As a 2015 Pro Bowler with Buffalo, he set the single-season franchise record for rushing yards by a quarterback (568). He currently plays for the New York Jets and has 12,135 career passing yards and 65 touchdowns to his name.

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  1. Would love to see Coach Jerry Cheynet make it one day. He coached Wrestling, Golf and Men’s soccer in the 70’s and 80’s and has been a fixture in Blacksburg and helping out Hokie athletics for 50 years. A class act.

  2. I remember Duane Browns first game starting at tackle against NC State – they had Mario Williams and he was a monster. I thought it would be a bad mismatch but Brown handled him well. What an amazing diamond in the rough he turned out to be. Incredible Hokie!

    Congrats to all the winners!

  3. Congrats to all inductees! Would love to see some of the 80’s Hokies like Maurice Williams, Eddie Hunter, etc get the HOF at some point. Not sure why they are not there already.

  4. Damn, I didn’t realize Duane Brown was still playing in the league at 38! Nearly two decades of pro play at a super physical position like OT is seriously impressive, especially when so many in that position (and other o-line spots) don’t even make it past five years.

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