2011-2012 Inductions

2011-2012 Hall of Fame Inductions

Dr. Hugh Bryan
Dr. Hugh Bryan’s service to the athletes and Athletic Department of Gloucester High School is a seldom seen but an invaluable and much appreciated asset to the community. Donating countless hours roaming the gyms and sidelines at numerous Gloucester events, Dr. Bryan has provided professional advice and assistance for nearly 20 years.

Through his privileges at Riverside Walter Reed Hospital Dr. Bryan was instrumental in establishing and the hiring of the first athletic trainer at GHS. His efforts in organizing volunteer physicians to provide on-site athletic physicals has provided not only a convenience to the athletes and their families, but has contributed thousands of dollars for medical and athletic training supplies.

Dr. Bryan’s served his country in the Army achieving the rank of Major. His professional honors include serving as President of the Medical Society of Virginia, team physician at the Olympic Training Center at Lake Placid in 2002 and a featured speaker at varied medical convocations. Dr. Bryan practices with Riverside York River Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine.

Nina Carter
GHS has a storied history of outstanding runners, not the least among them is Nina Carter. Her high school career included winning the district and regional cross country championship and being selected all-district in basketball, but those were not even her strongest events. In track and field Nina qualified for state competition all four years. During that span she won the district 800, 1600, and 2 mile run setting meet records along the way. Placing 2nd in the 800 on the regional and state level, she came back to win the region and place 4th in the 1600 at states.

Nina took her talents to James Madison University on scholarship graduating Magna Cum Laude. While at Madison she continued to excel by setting school indoor and outdoor track records, as well as medaling in numerous cross country championships.

Nina is a 1981 graduate of Gloucester and employed by the Counties school system where she was recognized in 2000 as Elementary Teacher of the Year.

Coach Jim Coley
There’s not a lot of written history on the career of Jim Coley, but there is a lot of living testament from the athletes who played for him. Often referred to as “Gentleman Jim” for his John Wooden like calm and demeanor, Coach Coley was a fixture at GHS from 1959 to 1973. Coach Coley served for six years in the capacity of head football, basketball, and baseball coach. Opting to stay with basketball and serve as Athletic Director the next seven years, he amassed a career record of 157 wins. Memorable among those victories was a win over number one ranked Virginia Beach High School. A reporter from the Virginian Pilot Newspaper was quoted that the win “ranks with the greatest upsets in the history of the district”. But victories are not Coach Coley’s legacy, far from it. It was and is, to this day, the young men whose lives he touched and influenced.

VaKara Forrest
One of the most gifted and personable athletes to have competed for GHS, VaKara Forrest was a four year first team all district starter in basketball for the Lady Dukes. Her teams won two Peninsula District championships, one tournament crown and were runners up two other times. She finished her career as a 1000 point scorer, serving as team co-captain. Selected to the All State team by the Virginia High School Coaches Association, VaKara was chosen to play in the East-West All Star game her senior year.

On a different court, “V” was the district singles tennis champion in 1999 and runner-up the following year. She partnered in doubles to win district titles her junior and senior year and went on to win the Eastern Region championship and advanced to the state quarterfinals.

Recipient of the school’s Most Athletic Award, named Daily Press Female Athlete of the Year in 2000, VaKara was awarded a basketball scholarship to Campbell University. Vakara is employed by McGuire Medical Center in Richmond as a medical technologist.

Amy Rilee
Described as “fierce” by her coach, Roberta Wiatt, Amy was a four year member of the varsity softball team, hitting over 300 and pitching. But for three out of four cross country seasons, Amy Rilee was the lone female competitor representing Gloucester High School.

What some would have viewed as handicap, Amy’s training with her male counterparts paid dividends. Beginning with her tenth place district finish her freshman year, she followed the next two seasons with third and seventh place finishes. Advancing to regional competition as a sophomore and then junior, Amy finished ninth and fourth respectively allowing her to compete at the state level.

Despite an injury plagued senior year, Amy finished a respectable eleventh in the district ending her career as a four time all district and two time all regional performer. For her efforts she was honored as one of the elite cross country runners in the region by the Peninsula Sports Club and recognized her senior year as Most Athletic at GHS.

Brenda Sue Jenkins Riley
Upon her graduation from GHS in 1961, Brenda Sue Jenkins Riley left a legacy of firsts in Gloucester women’s basketball. Most notable of the marks she left included; first player to score over 500 points, most points scored in one year with 342, and a career total of 663 points.  Co-captain of her team, Brenda Sue scored a record high of 44 points in one game and finished the season with a scoring average of 28.5 points per game.

Off the court Brenda Sue was a participant in FHA, held office in the SCA, and was an attendant on the May and Homecoming Courts. Her senior year she was voted “Most Athletic”, selected as the Homecoming Queen and served as Senior Class Treasurer.

Today Ms. Riley donates her time and talents as a volunteer to her church and serving on the GHS Class of “61” Reunion Committee.

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