WASHINGTON, D.C. – The District of Columbia State Athletic Association mourns the recent passing of DCSAA High School Hall of Fame Class of 2020 inductees John Thompson Jr. and Sheila Ingram.
“Coach Thompson and Sheila both made their mark on athletics in Washington, D.C., and we are incredibly sad that they are no longer with us,” DCSAA Executive Director Clark Ray said. “We send our condolences to their families and want to share that we are thinking of them.”
A standout basketball player at Archbishop Carroll High, Thompson went on to play at Providence College and then two NBA championship seasons with the Boston Celtics before turning to coaching. He guided the boys basketball team at St. Anthony’s High from 1966 to 1972 and then coached at Georgetown University from 1972 to 1999, winning an NCAA title in 1984.
Ingram graduated from Coolidge High in 1976 and that summer won the 400-meter run at the U.S. Olympic Trials. She then finished sixth in the 400 and won the silver medal as part of the 4x400-meter relay at the Montreal 1976 Olympic Games.
Thompson and Ingram were among the 10 men and women inducted into the DCSAA High School Hall of Fame this year. To learn more about the District of Columbia State Athletic Association, please visit www.dcsaasports.org
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The District of Columbia State Athletic Association announced the induction of 10 new members to the DCSAA High School Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame Class of 2020 includes men and women who made their mark on the District of Columbia as athletes, coaches and administrators.
“It is a thrill to welcome this incredible collection of men and women to the DCSAA High School Hall of Fame,” DCSAA Executive Director Clark Ray said. “Their contributions to athletics are immense. Without these men and women, we would not be where we are today. While we wish we were able to hold a ceremony to honor this group, unfortunately the COVID-19 public health crisis prevents us from doing so.”
The Class of 2020 inductees are:
• Birch E. Bayh Sr.: A World War I veteran, was the men’s basketball coach at what is now Indiana State University and then was a basketball official. Then was recruited to serve as D.C. Public Schools director of physical education, a position he held for 28 years.
• Cornelius Greene: A three-sport letterwinner at Dunbar High (football, basketball, baseball), earning first-team All-Met honors in football. Played quarterback at Ohio State University, twice earning All-Big Ten honors and named the 1975 Big Ten Player of the Year. Coaches basketball, football and baseball at St. Albans School.
• Walter “Rock” Greene: An All-Met football player at Phelps High, where he also was an All-Interhigh basketball and baseball player. Attended Delaware State College, earning All-CIAA in football and baseball, while also playing basketball and running track, later earning induction to the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Became a teacher and coach at Phelps and was a longtime high school and college basketball official.
• Sheila Ingram: The summer after graduating from Coolidge High, won the 400-meter run at the U.S. Olympic Trials, then finished sixth in the 400 and won the silver medal as part of the 4x400-meter relay at the Montreal 1976 Olympic Games.
• Byron Leftwich: A three-sport athlete at H.D. Woodson High (football, basketball, baseball), went on to become a star quarterback at Marshall University, leading the Thundering Herd to four consecutive conference titles. Was an NFL first-round draft pick and played 10 professional seasons, winning a Super Bowl with the Pittsburgh Steelers, before becoming an NFL assistant coach
• George Leftwich: A star basketball player at Archbishop Carroll and Villanova University, spent his 50-plus year career as a coach and administrator, working at Sidwell Friends School and Archbishop Carroll High, along with stints at Gwynn Park High in Maryland that included two state championships and the University of the District of Columbia, which recently inducted him into its hall of fame.
• Lloyd Oakley: Was an All-CIAA football player at what is now known as North Carolina A&T University, where he also ran track and competed in gymnastics. Spent his 34-year career as a teacher, coach and athletic official in D.C., coaching football, baseball, track, wrestling and gymnastics.
• Raymond “Ray” Savoy: Mackin High graduate played just about everything growing up and played minor league baseball in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. Worked for the DC Department of Parks and Recreation for 32 years. Was inducted into the U.S. Golf Teachers Federation Hall of Fame.
• John Thompson Jr.: A standout basketball player at Archbishop Carroll High, went on to play at Providence College and then two NBA championship seasons with the Boston Celtics before turning to coaching. He guided the boys basketball team at St. Anthony’s High from 1966 to 1972 and then coached at Georgetown University from 1972 to 1999, winning an NCAA title in 1984.
• Sheila Weaver: The first female sports administrator at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., came to the Washington area and was a successful volleyball coach at the Sidwell Friends School, guiding the Quakers to five league titles and more than 200 victories. Founded The Academic and Athletic Alliance, a nonprofit that works with coaches and administrators in a variety of sports across the country.
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