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Two Inducted into BC Sports Hall of Fame

Bluefield College honored one of its outstanding former athletes and one of its most successful coaches of all time with induction into the school’s Sports Hall of Fame during Homecoming festivities on campus, October 27.

Chris Shoemaker

November 9, 2012

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Bluefield College president Dr. David Olive (left) presents a plaque to former BC golf coach Dewayne Belcher, the latest inductee into the school's Sports Hall of Fame.

 

 

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Former BC coach Dewayne Belcher (second from right) celebrates his Sports Hall of Fame induction with his wife, Diane (second from left) and sons, Thomas (far left) and Nathan.

 

 

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Earning the most coveted distinctions for a BC athlete or coach were 1933 alumnus and former football player Cederic Roe and onetime basketball, volleyball and golf coach from the 1980s and 1990s Dewayne Belcher.

 

Established to pay tribute to former Bluefield College athletes, coaches and others with meritorious service, the BC Sports Hall of Fame recognizes former players and coaches who achieved extraordinary accomplishments during their time at Bluefield College. It also acknowledges those associated with BC Athletics who have made exceptional contributions to the athletic program or who have displayed significant leadership in the community.

 

Belcher, who came to Bluefield College in 1986, coached women’s basketball, women’s volleyball and men’s golf for the Rams. He achieved his greatest success with student-athletes in golf, developing a young program to its height of accomplishment. In fact, under Coach Belcher’s leadership the Rams won four consecutive Tennessee-Virginia Athletic Conference (TVAC) championships in golf from 1997 to 2000 and two state championships in 1997 and 1998.

 

A resident of Bluefield, Virginia, Coach Belcher also earned four consecutive TVAC Coach of the Year honors, while leading the Rams to national recognition with numerous appearances in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Top 25. His recruits included the most talented and brightest golfers Bluefield College has ever seen, including NAIA All-American Mike Meade and several NAIA Academic All-Americans.

 

“The power of a coach in an athlete’s life is a special relationship,” said Alumni Director Josh Cline, who joined President David Olive and Alumni Association President Sharon Knick in presenting the Hall of Fame award to Belcher. “It’s the ability to mold and shape an athlete’s God-given ability and self-determination with four simple words: ‘I believe in you.’ Coach Dewayne Belcher did that with BC student-athletes, and he did it with multiple teams, in the classroom and outside the classroom, for many years. Plus, he did it with a confident, yet humble approach to life.”

 

Respected regionally and nationally, Belcher served as an officer for the NAIA’s National Golf Coaches Association from 1997 to 2000, including a tenure as president of the organization in 2000. In addition to his coaching duties at BC, he taught classes in physical education and exercise science. He also directed the school’s intramural athletic program.

 

Today, Belcher is a physical education and health teacher at Fort Chiswell (VA) Middle and a varsity golf and varsity soccer coach at Fort Chiswell (VA) High School. In fact, in 2009 he was named Fort Chiswell Middle School Teacher of the Year. A graduate of Troy (AL) University, the University of Alabama and Southern Baptist Theological (KY) Seminary, he is also a 24-year veteran pastor of Mount Hermon (WV) Baptist Church and director of the Blue Ridge Junior Golf Tour summer program.

 

Roe, who was inducted posthumously into the BC Sports Hall of Fame, was a vital part of the historic undefeated Rams football team from 1933. In fact, he played a huge role in sealing the unbeaten campaign with a heroic performance in the season finale.

 

“The return of football at Bluefield College has been an exciting adventure,” said Cline in his remarks about Roe. “For a small group of staff members at the college, it has been an exciting adventure into unearthing stories that have been buried in the history archives or in the memories of our oldest alumni. One such story is that of Cedric Roe. Much was known and written about the legendary Pete Young, who is a current Bluefield College Sports Hall of Fame member. However, less was known about teammate Cederic Roe.”

 

The Rams entered the 1933 season finale with a win-loss record of 8-0 against local rival and highly touted Concord College in front of a capacity crowd at Wade Field. With the opponents keeping All-American running back Pete Young in check, Roe took a 33-yard pass for a touchdown and added a 25-yard field goal to score all the Rams points in the 9-0 win to ensure BC of its most successful gridiron campaign in school history.

 

Roe also helped lead the Rams to the Southeastern Junior College Championship in 1933 en route to his own Honorable Mention All-America honor.

 

 

Comments:

David Glagovsky

Is there a page on your website that lists all the members of the Bluefield College Sports Hall of Fame? I tried various searches and couldn't find it. Thanks.

Bluefield College

David...thanks for your comment. We currently do not have our Sports Hall of Fame members listed on the web site, but what a good suggestion.



We will work on creating a page for our Sports Hall. Check back soon.

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