Mike Tomlin, who has coached the Pittsburgh Steelers to two Super Bowls in four years, is among six inductees into the Athletic Hall of Fame of the Lower Virginia Peninsula.
Tomlin will be joined by former NFL quarterback Aaron Brooks, sailor Gary Bodie, track coach Vince Brown, basketball official Willie Brown and football standout Buddy Lex.
The six will join the hall during a banquet on May 15 at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton, the new home of the hall of fame. The plaques had been located on the second floor of the Hampton Coliseum.
Tomlin is a graduate of Denbigh High School and William and Mary. After several coaching jobs, he became head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers early in 2007. His team won Super Bowl XLIII in 2009 by beating Arizoa, then lost to Green Bay 31-25 this past February in Super Bowl XLV. His four-year record with Pittsburgh is 48-23.
Here are brief biographies of the other inductees:
Gary Bodie – A long-time sailor and coach. His college teams won 15 national championships and coached the U.S. Olympic sailing team three times. He is a Hampton High School graduate.
Aaron Brooks – He graduated from Ferguson High School and the University of Virginia. He played pro football with Green Bay, New Orleans and Oakland. When he retired in 2007, he was the Saints' leader in season and career touchdown passes.
Vince Brown – During his coaching career at Christopher Newport University, his teams won 12 national championship and he produced athletes who won 444 All-American honors. He also coached at Hampton High School.
Willie Brown – A long-time basketball official, he officiated from the high school level to the Atlantic Coast Conference. Behind the scenes, he has been a long-time supporter of the Virginia Special Olympics and the Boo Williams Summer League basketball program. He graduated from Carver High School in Newport News and The Apprentice School.
Buddy Lex – As a triple-threat tailback at William and Mary, he threw 18 touchdown passes in 1949, then a national record. The Newport News High School graduate was runner-up to Sam Snead as Virginia's athlete of the year in 1949.
The hall of fame committee also honors individuals who play a significant role in developing and promoting athletes in the area. This year's recipients are Bill Smith for his contributions to wrestling and the Virginia Duals and the late Sandra Picken, longtime director of the Peninsula Muscular Dystrophy Benefit baseball tournament.
This is the 11th class to be inducted into the hall, which was started by Hampton's City Council in 1971. New classes are honored every three years.
Banquet tickets are $50. For ticket information, call 727-8314.
Tomlin heads Lower Peninsula Hall of Fame inductees
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