Summer 2014 Issue

Big 10: 10 Tribe Athletes Enter Hall of Fame

By W&M Alumni Magazine

Ashleigh Akens Rabe ’94, Basketball
Ashleigh Akens Rabe’s basketball career included some impressive firsts. During her junior year at the College, Rabe led the team to the CAA Championship for the first time. After a successful four years with the College, helping to set the program’s record for wins in a season and setting the still-standing record for 205 free throws, she was the first W&M women’s basketball player to play professionally, trading in her green and gold when she signed with a Belgian team.

David Corley Jr. ’03, Football
As the current record holder in total offense, passing yards and touchdown passes, Corley was named A-10’s Rookie of the Year in 1999, earned second team all-conference honors as both a junior and senior and helped lead the team to the 2001 league championship and the first-round NCAA Playoffs. A dedicated and resilient player, Corley started the last 42 consecutive games of his career, the most consecutive starts by a quarterback in school history.

Ann Ekberg Saunders ’03, Field Hockey
Ann Ekberg Saunders helped the Tribe field hockey team earn its first two NCAA appearances. Her individual successes include being honored as a second-team All-American in 2002, a two-time All-Region team member, an All-CAA and the 1999 CAA Rookie of the Year. Saunders ranks fourth in W&M history in goals scored, third in game-winning goals and third in games played. She also holds the second-most hat tricks in a career at William & Mary.

Debbie Hill, Coach
In her 30-year career as coach of the Tribe volleyball team, Debbie Hill helped to shape the modern women’s athletic program at W&M. In addition to being named CAA Coach of the Year five times, Hill led her team to eight CAA Championships, a 56-match conference-winning streak and three Northern Intercollegiate Volleyball Conferences.

Tracey Leinbach ’81, Golf
Tracey Leinbach is known as the Tribe golf program’s first great woman golfer, winning three-straight Virginia state titles, and helping her team win the 1981 AIAW Division II national title. As one of only three AIAW Division II All-Americans in school history, Leinbach had at least five top-five finishes in her career, and was a record-holder in both fall scoring average and spring average.

Carrie Moore ’99, Soccer
Carrie Moore is one of the most successful women’s soccer players in W&M history. She was a two-time All-Region selection and helped lead her team to four-straight conference crowns and NCAA appearances. Named one of the top 25 players in CAA women’s soccer history and a CAA Silver Star, Moore went on to a successful professional soccer career that saw her selected as a W-USA All-Star.

Billy Owens ’95, Soccer
During his four years on the men’s soccer team, Billy Owens was part of three NCAA tournament appearances, three CAA regular-season titles and one CAA Championship. Owens also set individual records, ranking first in school history with 41 assists and ranking second in starting matches with 90 matches in his career. Owens’ 13 game-winning scores rank second most all-time, and he boasts 35 career goals.

Lisa Rayner ’96, Track and Field
Eighteen years after Lisa Rayner graduated, many of her records have yet to be broken. As the only Tribe female field athlete to earn All-American honors at an NCAA Championship, she set the still-standing records for both indoor and outdoor high jump. With 20 first-place finishes, Rayner was selected as one of the top 25 athletes in CAA track and field history.

Trevor Spracklin ’01, Tennis
In 1999, Trevor Spracklin was ranked No. 97 in the nation, named CAA Player of the Year and helped his team to the NCAA Team Tournament. In 2001, Spracklin competed in the NCAA Doubles Championship and finished the season ranked No. 26 nationally. Ranked as one of the top 25 players in CAA men’s tennis history, Spracklin is W&M’s all-time career leader in singles and doubles wins. Spracklin went on to a successful professional career, winning more than 10 doubles titles in his six-year career.

Dan Stimson, Coach
Under Dan Stimson’s guidance as director of the track and field and cross country teams, W&M won 49 of 94 possible CAA titles, including sweeps of all four championships in 2003-04. Tribe athletes earned 64 All-American awards and one spot on the U.S. Olympic Team during his 25-year span. In 2011, Stimson retired as director of the program to focus on coaching the throwing athletes. In the 12 men’s and women’s throwing events, eight events have had the school records reset by Stimson’s athletes, many multiple times.