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Wells, Shotwell Named to VHSL Hall of Fame


From the VHSL:


Nine individuals who have made outstanding contributions to high school athletic and activity programs have been selected to the 2012 Virginia High School Hall of Fame. Members of the Class of 2012, the 23rd to be inducted, will bring total membership to 234.

The Class of 2012 includes one athlete (Stacy Ervin, Twin Springs HS), four coaches (Pat Deegan, James Madison HS/Westfield HS, John Shotwell, James River HS-Buchanan, Robert Smith, Burley HS-Charlottesville and Troy Wells, Martinsville HS/Hidden Valley HS) and four contributors (John Altizer, Appalachian Officials Association, Mary Sue Crommelin, First Colonial HS, Steve Geiman, Wilson Memorial HS and Bruce Patrick, Fairfax County Public Schools).

Sponsored jointly by the Virginia High School League and the Virginia High School Coaches Association, the Hall is dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of outstanding achievements by students and adults in sports and activities within Virginia's public high schools.

Athletes are eligible for consideration 10 years after completion of their high school careers and are judged primarily for their achievements in interscholastic sports. Coaches are eligible after 15 years of experience or upon retirement and are judged on the merits of their achievements at the high school level. Contributors are professionals who have rendered significant services in some other capacity such as administration, academic activities, officiating, media or sports medicine.

The induction dinner will be held on Monday, October 15, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Charlottesville.


John Shotwell came to James River High School (Buchanan)  in 1961 and  retired in  2011  leaving  behind  a  50-year legacy that included 173 coaching years and 1,081 career victories in three sports. He was the head golf coach for 37 years, head boys basketball coach for 31years and head softball coach for 21years. His boys basketball team won 421 games; 12 district titles; four regional championships; made four final four appearances and finished runner-up twice. His softball teams won 371 games; claimed 12 district titles, six regional titles and four state championships. His golf team won 289 matches; nine district crowns; one regional title and one state runner-up finish.


Troy Wells guided Martinsville High School to three VHSL Group AA basketball championships in 2001, 2002 and
2006 and since 2008, he has taken Hidden Valley High School to three state tournament appearances,
including a state runner-­‐up finish in 2011. He has compiled 250 wins, nine district championships and seven regional titles. He was voted AP coach of the year twice; VHSCA coach of the year twice, region
coach of the  year and district coach of the year nine times. He also served as assistant basketball coach  to Martinsville's legendary Robert "Husky" Hall for 16
years (1979-­‐95).
During his  tenure at Martinsville, the Bulldogs advanced to the state tournament 17 times and
to the final four 13 times. Wells also served as an assistant varsity boys coach at William Fleming
High School (1972-­‐76), head boys varsity coach at Christiansburg High School (1976-­‐79)
and assistant varsity girls coach at Martinsville (1985-­‐95). He is also  the faculty sponsor for
the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Hidden Valley. From Greenland, AR, Wells attended
Oral Roberts University graduating in with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1970. He resides in Roanoke.


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