Hampden-Sydney announces Hall of Fame Class of 2020

Published 1:00 pm Monday, July 13, 2020

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Hampden-Sydney College (H-SC) has announced its Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2020.

The 33rd class for the Athletic Hall of Fame includes two-time Lacrosse All-American Ed Curry, a 1995 graduate; four-time All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) basketball honoree Turner King, a 2010 grad; the late Mike Melvin, a 1998 grad; and all-region and All-ODAC selection in soccer and three-time All-ODAC football standout Josh Simpson, a 2009 grad.

In addition, 1963 graduate Norwood Davis, a 1,000-point career scorer in basketball and longtime benefactor to the college, will receive a special citation.

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A date for induction has yet to be determined due to COVID-19 and will be announced when available.

Curry was a four-year Tiger lacrosse standout as an attackman. He was a two-time All-American, earning honorable mention honors in 1994 as a junior and third team honors in 1995 as a senior.

He was a two-time First Team All-ODAC honoree, for the 1994-95 seasons, and was also named as the 1995 ODAC Player of the Year. He led the program to the 1995 ODAC Tournament Championship and an appearance in the 1995 NCAA Tournament.

Curry was selected to play for the South team in the national North/ South college all-star game in 1995.

He played in 55 games during his outstanding career, leading the team in scoring during each of his final three seasons while totaling 131 goals and 63 assists for 194 points. Upon graduation, the New Canaan, Connecticut, native ranked third in both career goals and points, while fifth in assists, and he remains among the top 10 in all three statistical categories.

King is regarded as one of the best pure scorers in Hampden-Sydney basketball history. As a freshman, the lefty made his presence known early by leading the ODAC in three-point shooting percentage, with a .456 mark, and he earned ODAC All-Tournament honors while helping lead the program to the 2007 ODAC Tournament Championship and the second round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament.

He earned All-ODAC honors during each of his four seasons and was co-captain as a junior and senior.

As a shooting guard, King also possessed the ability to rebound the ball at a high level, adding 596 total career rebounds.

The Roanoke native finished his career with a three-point shooting percentage of 40% and an overall true shooting percentage of 60%, averaged 16.5 career points per game, completing his outstanding career with 1,801 points to rank fourth all-time.

Melvin was a four-year Tiger soccer standout, earning First Team All-Region, First Team All-ODAC and First Team All-State honors in 1997.

He played in 80 games during his outstanding career, leading the team in scoring during each of his final three seasons, while totaling 48 goals and 23 assists for 119 points.

Melvin owns school records in both career goals and points, while fifth in assists, and his 37 points and 14 goals in 1994 rank second-best and third-best, respectively, in program history — leading that team to the 1994 ODAC Tournament Championship game.

The Charlotte, North Carolina, native passed away unexpectedly in 2014.

Simpson was a four-year standout on the gridiron for Tiger football, earning All-ODAC honors during each of his final three seasons from 2006-08, including first team accolades in 2007 and 2008.

He was named the 2008 State Small College Offensive Back of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Richmond, rushing for 858 yards and 17 touchdowns in eight games, adding 595 yards receiving and two touchdowns.

Simpson owns school and ODAC records for rushing touchdowns in a career, with 59; in a season, with 21 in 2007; and in a game, with seven at Guilford College on Sept. 22, 2007.

The Richmond native ranks fourth in career rushing yards with 3,142 yards, including the seventh-best single season effort with 1,042 yards in 2007 when the program won the ODAC Championship and advanced to the NCAA playoffs. He added 178 career receptions for 1,917 yards receiving and 12 receiving touchdowns.

Davis was a four-year Tiger basketball standout and three-year team captain on the hardwood, earning All-Little Eight, All-Small College Virginia and All-Mason-Dixon Tournament honors.

He played in 85 games during his outstanding career, scoring 1,043 points that ranked sixth all-time upon graduation and still ranks 40th in program history.

The Richmond native, along with his wife, Marguerite, established The Davis Fellows at H-SC that gives a full-tuition scholarship for four years to a deserving young man and is awarded every other year.

The Hampden-Sydney College Athletic Hall of Fame was created in 1988 and is designed to honor men who have made outstanding contributions to Hampden-Sydney athletics and have helped bring recognition, honor, excellence and distinction to the college and its intercollegiate athletics program. Members are selected annually by the Hall of Fame Committee from nominations submitted by alumni and friends of the college.