2007-2008 Inductions

2007-2008 Hall of Fame Inductions

Jackie Cooper
Jumping J.C.”, as some of his classmates called him, established an impressive list of records as a track star at GHS.  Jackie burst onto the scene when he put on a one-man show leading the Dukes to the regional championship as a sophomore contributing eighteen points outright.

The following year he added another glowing chapter to his legacy. Entering five individual events, Jackie powered GHS to its second consecutive regional championship by coming away with five first place medals. Grabbing firsts in the long jump, triple jump, 100, 220 and high jump, he also ran the fastest leg on the Dukes record setting mile relay team to win an additional medal.

An All-District performer on the football field, this multi-sport athlete was once rushed for 171 yards on only 12 carries.

Graduating in 1977, Mr. Cooper attended Saint Paul’s College where he was the teams “MVP” in track and field. Mr. Cooper’s character was best summed up by his Gloucester track coach, Don Mullins, “I have never coached anyone as unselfish as Jackie. He thinks more of the team then he does of himself.”

Guy Crittenden

Few people are as diverse yet successful at making the most of their time as Guy Crittenden. A 1980 graduate of GHS, Guy made his mark on the basketball court by being named Bay Rivers Second Team All District in the ‘78 and ‘79 seasons. He finished his senior year as a first team all district selection, in addition to serving as team captain of the Dukes. While he also found time to run track and play baseball, his excellence in football is what stood out.  In his junior season Guy was first team all district at both offensive and defensive positions. His senior year once again saw him being all district on both sides of the ball. In addition he was honored as the district’s “Defensive Player of the Year”, first team all regional and first team all state. That summer Guy was chosen to play in the Virginia High School Coaches Association’s East-West All Star football game.

A 1984 graduate of the College of William and Mary where he was a four year letterman in football, Guy established himself as an All Conference linebacker and defensive end in 1982 and ‘83.

President and owner of Crittenden Studio in Richmond, Guy is a nationally known illustrator, photographer and digital artist.

Michael Evans
Mention the name Mike Evans and probably the first thought that comes to mind is energy, and plenty of it.

A 1977 graduate of GHS, Mike was a three year starter for the Dukes basketball team. During his career, he was selected team MVP, first team All Bay Rivers District, and second team all-tournament. In addition he led the team in scoring and rebounds in the ‘76 and ‘77 seasons. Off the court, Mike was the chosen the 4-H Outstanding Male in 1976 and acknowledged in Who’s Who Among American High School Music Students.

Moving on to Virginia Wesleyan College, Mike was a co-captain and two year starter for the men’s basketball team. His career with the Blue Marlins included two regular season titles, two conference tournament championships, and twice being named to the all-tournament team. Mike was recently honored by the College as one of its Outstanding Alumni.

Recognized by the Virginia Student Council Association as State Principal of the Year, Mr. Evans is active in the affairs of the Peninsula District and Eastern Region. Formally principal of Denbigh High School, Mike currently serves as Executive Director of Leadership Services in Newport News.

Connie Hogge Maxwell

f your ideas of fun include swimming two and a half miles, then biking another 112, and finishing off with a twenty-six mile run, then you and Connie Maxwell might have something in common. This All-American triathlete has competed in events around the world. Her resume of competition includes the renowned Iron Man Triathlon World Championship in Hawaii and participation on the USA World Championship Triathlon Team which placed 7th and 4th in the world.

A 1976 graduate of GHS, Connie gave an early hint of her competitive nature by lettering in softball and gaining MVP honors in track, cross country and tennis. In addition, Connie was selected as an attendee to Girls State, and  was chosen “Best All Around” by her senior class.

Graduating Cum Laude from James Madison University, Ms. Maxwell ran track for the Dukes as well as serving as co-captain of the swim team. Before her current teaching position at Kempsville Middle School, Connie taught at both Gloucester Intermediate and Peasley Middle School.

Don Mullins
Few coaches have filled as many rolls as him. A native of Pound, Virginia, and a graduate of East Tennessee State University, Coach Mullins arrived at Gloucester in 1965.

Serving as an assistant football coach his first year would eventually lead to him assuming the head reins in 1971 until 1976. That same first year he also worked as a volunteer with the varsity basketball team as well as assisting a track team that would become the state champions that spring.

The following year Coach Mullins became head coach of the track program leading them to four consecutive district titles, two regional championships, positioning them as a perennial state contender. During those years Coach Mullins worked with athletes such as Hall of Fame Inductee George Rhodes and newly inducted member Jackie Cooper.

Throw in two stints as the JV basketball coach, a later return to coaching track, assisting in football, and serving as Athletic Director for six years and you truly have a man for all seasons.
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