BC Hall of Fame to induct four
Four stellar former Bridgewater College athletes have been selected for induction into the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 5, in the Kline Campus Center, as part of Homecoming activities. The inductees will also be recognized the following day at half-time of the Eagles’ Homecoming football game against Hampden-Sydney College.
The inductees for 2012 are Amy Rafalski Hamilton ’98, of Lebanon, Va.; James Hulvey ’73, of Mt. Sidney, Va.; Andrew Hence ’75, of Fredericksburg, Va.; and Davon Lewis ’98, of Christiansburg, Va.
Hamilton was one of the top female lacrosse players in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) history and also was a strong performer for the field hockey team. Following graduation, Hamilton taught and coached at the high school level before returning to Bridgewater where she was the head field hockey coach from 2000-2002 and the head lacrosse coach from 2000-2004.
She currently spends her time as a wife and mother of three children and as a sales consultant for Willow House Sales. Hamilton is also an accomplished runner with marathons and half-marathons to her credit.
During his four years with the Bridgewater football program, Hulvey was recognized as one of the top linemen in the state, earning All Mason-Dixon Conference honors three times. Following his playing career, Hulvey worked as the head football coach at King and Queen County for one year before returning to Bridgewater as an assistant coach.
He worked on Coach John Spencer’s staff from 1974-1982 and was an assistant on Bridgewater’s first ODAC championship team in 1980. Hulvey left Bridgewater following the 1982 season and began a career in law enforcement in Augusta County, Va., where he reached the level of master deputy in the sheriff’s department. He earned the Academic Achievement Award for Basic Law Enforcement in 1986 and assisted with the development of the School Resource Officer Program in Augusta County Middle and High Schools from 1997-2006. Hulvey retired from the sheriff’s department in 2006.
Hence was a four-year member of the Bridgewater baseball program and is still recognized as one of the top pitchers in the college’s history, having ranked among the nation’s leaders in earned run average in 1974 when he posted a 4-1 record with a 1.71 ERA for the Eagles.
Hence became a teacher and coach whose accomplishments included being named Northern Neck District Coach of the Year in boys’ basketball in 1996 and 1997. He is also an active member in his church as well as holding membership in several teaching and coaching organizations.
Lewis was a track and football star who won six ODAC individual indoor and seven outdoor track titles. As a member of the football team, he was a wide receiver and punter who finished his career with 13 touchdown receptions, at the time a Bridgewater record.
Lewis became a high-school coach who has coached many all-district, all-region and all-state performers in track, football and basketball.
Today, Bridgewater College is home to nearly 1,700 undergraduate students. The college boasts a successful intercollegiate sports program that sponsors 22 NCAA Division III sports and a competitive, intercollegiate equestrian program.