2009-2010 Inductions

2009-2010 Hall of Fame Inductions

Susan Briggs Willard
n the 1980’s, tennis was at its peak of popularity on the Peninsula and among its leaders was Susan Briggs. Chosen as the Daily Press Tennis Player of the Year, Susan captured two district singles championships and an unprecedented four straight doubles titles. Her junior year she won the Regional singles crown downing the defending state champion along the way. Susan received her only loss that year in the state finals and finished with a 14-1 record.

Honored her senior year as “Most Athletic”, Susan was also the recipient of the school’s Scholar-Athlete Award. A
member of the National Junior Honor Society and Beta Club, Susan was also a member of the basketball, gymnastics and cheerleading teams.

Her tennis career continued at Peace College where she was the team’s MVP. Today, Susan is employed as the
Educational Technology Facilitator for York County Schools while continuing her tennis in league play.

Thomas C. Dutton
Tommy Dutton has worn many hats in his history with Gloucester High School. A four year letterman and co-captain in both football and baseball, Tommy earned all-district honors in both sports.  In addition, he was involved with a variety of school organizations including the Drama Club, Band, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes to name a few. He represented GHS at Boys State and served as a member of the  SCA for four years assuming the role of Student Body President his senior year.

Attending Waynesburg College in Pennsylvania where he received his B.A. in History, Tommy again served as a captain in football and co-captain in baseball. Lettering in both sports all four years, he received all-conference honors in football and followed up as a two-time all-conference catcher for the baseball team. His professional career eventually brought him back to Gloucester where he served in a variety of positions, from Social Studies teacher and guidance counselor to head baseball coach, assistant football coach, and assistant principal. He retired after thirty years in education but still continues to work in the Gloucester and Mathews educational programs.

Donnie Jackson
He was best known for scoring more touchdowns in a single game than most players scored in an entire career. An outstanding track and field athlete, running the 100, 220, 880 relay in addition to the long, high, and triple jump, football was his passion. A two way performer, Donnie’s zeal for the sport earned him the nickname of “Action Jackson”. His coach, Hall of Fame inductee Don Mullins said, “He’d knock you down, help you up, then knock you down again on the next play”. An all-district selection at linebacker as well as tailback his junior and senior year, Donnie rushed for over 1000 yards in both seasons.

One of his best performances was his last. Entering the final game of his senior year, Donnie was ranked eighth among the scoring leaders in the district. When the night was over, he had scored five touchdowns and a two-point conversion to tie for the district scoring title and lead the Dukes to a 7-3 season.

Crowned “Mr. Football” by the student body, Donnie was named “Most Valuable Player” for his three touchdown performance versus Mathews in the Tidewater Khedive Shrine Game.   Mr. Jackson went on to serve in the military and today is employed by the Gloucester County School System.

John Pouchot
To say that John Pouchot dominated track’s distance competition in the early eighties might be an understatement. But if we took the time to review all the records and honors he garnered during his running days for GHS, we could be here a while. This 1983 graduate was a two time all-state cross country athlete. In the process, he set course records at all five York River District schools and went undefeated in district competition during the 1981 and 82 regular seasons.

John’s success extended into the outdoor seasons where he was a four time all-district and three time all-regional track and field athlete in the 1600 and 3200 meter run. Gloucester High School’s “Athlete of the Year” closed out his career as an all-state runner in the 3200 meter.

A graduate of the University of Oregon, John returned to Gloucester in the early nineties to assist the GHS track program. His efforts saw the production of numerous all-district and all-regional distance runners in cross country, indoor and outdoor track.  John currently serves as Senior Pastor of Poquoson Baptist Church.

Harry Ward
Harry began his career in education at Achilles Elementary School while coaching the JV high school football team. For the next 35 years, Mr. Ward served Mathews High school as a teacher, head football coach, athletic director, head baseball coach, JV basketball coach, principal and School Superintendent.

Mr. Ward’s career in public education touched the lives of students throughout the state while serving on a variety of committees including:  Director of Regional Football Playoffs, Chairman of the VHSL Group A High Schools, Chairman of the National Beta Club, and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Virginia Association of School Superintendents. His lasting contribution to the Virginia High School League includes the introduction of legislation that breaks ties in regular season football games and co-authoring legislation to implement six divisions in football.

Harry is a 1962 graduate of GHS, where he earned eight varsity letters in three sports, serving as co-captain and leading scorer his senior year on the basketball team. Mr. Ward currently resides in Charlottesville with his wife Margaret and serves as Director of Insurance and Legislative Services for the Virginia School Board Association.

Dan Winters
Dan was a member of the first class of students to go all the way through a consolidated Gloucester High School from his freshmen to senior year of 1956. As he put it, “the farmers from Botetourt High and the watermen from Achilles High School became one unified student body and no one got killed”! His career as an athlete was short, but he stayed involved in sports serving as a scorekeeper, timer and statistician for many of the teams. In addition, he reported team results to the Daily Press and wrote a weekly sports column for the Gazette-Journal.

Returning in 1963 to teach and coach track and field, Coach Winters’ dedication and enthusiasm drew many to the sport. Buoyed by outstanding athletes such as Hall of Fame inductee George Rhodes, the Dukes captured the State Track and Field Championship in Coach Winters third year. Of equal significance was the role Coach Winters played in bringing together the segregated high school’s of Gloucester. Needing a scrimmage to stay sharp before post-season, Coach Winters invited Gloucester’s sister high school, T. C. Walker to participate in a meet. Working with another Hall of Famer, Coach Louis Tutt at Walker, the two schools ran a night meet that was successful both competitively and socially.

This year Coach Winters begins his nineteenth year as head coach of the Christopher Newport University Sailing Team. For his contributions to the sport, Dan was inducted into the Intercollegiate Sailing Association Hall of Fame in 2003.
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