2015 Alumni Award Recipients

Dr. Tim Sharp ('74)
Distinguished Hall of Graduates Inductee: Dr. Tim Sharp (’74)

Dr. Sharp serves as the executive director of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the preeminent association for choral conductors. The ACDA represents more than 22,000 choral directors and more than one million singers across the United States. As the head of the ACDA, Dr. Sharp represents the United States to the International Federation for Choral Music.

Dr. Jennifer Jones ('93)
Alumna of the Year: Dr. Jennifer Jones (’93)

Dr. Jones is an associate professor and program area leader for the Literacy Education graduate program at Radford University. She is also the recipient of a 2015 Virginia Governor’s Outstanding Faculty Award, the highest honor given to educators in the Commonwealth’s public and private colleges and universities.

Steve Bickford
Honorary Alumnus: Steve Bickford

Bickford is a founding member of Bluefield College’s new Advisory Council, and the co-creator, along with his wife, alumna Peggy Emert Bickford (’71), of two endowed scholarships that will benefit students at Bluefield College for perpetuity.

Dr. Wayne Massey ('59)
Primitivo Delgado Christian Service Award: Dr. Wayne Massey (’59)

Dr. Massey has served Bluefield College students for nearly three decades as a professor of English and director of International Programs. Upon retirement at the close of this academic year, he was named a professor emeritus.

Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

Mark Blevins
Mark Blevins, Coach

A coach for men’s basketball and baseball from 1984 to 1992, Coach Blevins led the school through what some refer to as the “Golden Era of Rams Athletics.” Under Coach Blevins, the men’s basketball team won 130 games, more than any other basketball team in the state of Virginia, from 1984 to 1989. The Rams made it to the National Little College Athletic Association (NLCAA) National Tournament five of his eight years and finished as the NLCAA National Runner-up three times. With Coach Blevins at the helm, the BC baseball team was NLCAA National Runner-up in 1990 and won 44 games in 1991. Today, Coach Blevins is in his 22nd year as head coach for boys’ basketball at Bearden High School in Knoxville, Tennessee. There, his teams have been recognized nine times as a Nike Elite Program and have averaged 28 wins a season, the best in Class AAA in Tennessee.

Dan Brown ('85)
Dan Brown (’85), Men’s Basketball

A BC men’s basketball player from 1980 to 1984, Brown served as captain of the team in ’83 and ’84 while averaging a double-double in points and assists. In 1984, he led the Rams to the National Little College Athletic Association (NLCAA) National Tournament before finishing his career with more than 1,000 points scored. As an assistant coach, Brown helped lead the ’85 squad to the NLCAA national tournament where they finished the season as the NLCAA national runner-up. Since BC, he has coached boys’ and girls’ basketball at Warwick (VA) and Heritage (VA) high schools. More importantly, he is the owner of the Guiding Young Girls Mental Health Agency in Newport News, Virginia, to provide support to families dealing with children with behavioral issues.

Howard Mayo ('88)
Howard Mayo (’88), Men’s Basketball

Mayo was a standout player on four National Little College Athletic Association (NLCAA) National Tournament men’s basketball teams at BC from 1984 to 1988. He led the Rams to three NLCAA National Runner-up honors and was an NLCAA All-American in 1986 and 1987. After BC, he became head coach for girls’ basketball at Carroll County (VA) High School from 1993 to 2002 and led the Lady Cavaliers to three Southwest District championships and a 139-77 win-loss record. Today, he has a 196-82 win-loss record as head coach for girls basketball at Mount Airy (NC) High School.

Lamont Woods ('92)
Lamont Woods (’92), Men’s Basketball

Woods was a vital part of BC men’s basketball from 1988 to 1992. In fact, he led the 1989 team to the National Little College Athletic Association (NLCAA) National Tournament, where he was named to the NLCAA National Tournament Team. He also earned All-Conference honors in 1991 and 1992 and for his career averaged a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds per game. Shooting a remarkable 63 percent from the field, he ended his career just shy of 2,000 points scored. Today, he is a senior financial analyst for a Fortune 100 financial services organization.