Thomas Dale, while celebrating their rivalry with L.C. Bird, inducted six new members into their Ring of Champions. This was the fourth induction of outstanding Thomas Dale athletes into the ring.
This year’s inductees were:
Bill Goodwyn, class of 1954- Goodwyn was a four year letterman in football, baseball, and basketball, playing for the current field’s namesake and legendary coach Ed Karpus.
He graduated from Hampden Sydney in 1960, where he played football and basketball at the collegiate level. After his time as an athlete, he also served on the Chesterfield County School Board for four years.
Bobby Lohr, class of 1959- During his time at Dale, Lohr lettered in four sports- football, basketball, baseball and track. He was named the 1957-58 athlete of the year at Thomas Dale and won a Metro Batting Championship in 1958. After high school, he went on to play college football at Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina.
David Stowers, class of 1971- Stowers has been voted one of the top five players in Thomas Dale basketball history by the Richmond-Times Dispatch. He was a part of Dale’s first Central District champions in 1970, and averaged better than 20 points per game in his junior and senior seasons. Collegiately, he got a scholarship to Jacksonville University where he appeared in the NCAA tournament. After transferring to Stetson University, he tried out for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Bullets. Stowers resides in Florida where he coaches baseball and coached Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones.
Mike Murray, class of 1985- During his time at Thomas Dale, Murray was an excellent wrestler, winning two districts, regional and state championships during his time at Dale. He went on to wrestle collegiately at Virginia Military Institute, where he won the Southern Conference Championship in 1990. Murray is currently in the United States Marine Corp and is currently deployed to Afghanistan. Winner of numerous military awards, Murray also served for the United States in Kosovo in 2002, Djibouti in 2003, and has taken two tours for Operation Iraqi Freedom. His children Michaela and Lucas accepted his award.
Matt Davis, class of 1999- Davis lettered in two sports at Thomas Dale, football and baseball. Garnering many accolades in both sports, he was named First Team All-State, and district and regional player of the year during his senior season. He received a full ride to VCU, where his All-American career there earned him a spot in the Hall of Fame there. Davis also played professional baseball for one season.
Vic Williams, class of 1969- The late football coach was also honored with his spot in the Ring of Champions. Williams won 213 games during his career at Thomas Dale, and the school’s lone state championship in 2009. He also helped his players to earn over 100 college scholarships under his tutelage. Four players coached by Williams have played in the NFL- William Henderson, Ken Oxendine, Rudi Johnson and Ricky Hall. As a student, Williams lettered in football and basketball. A quarterback, he was voted first team all-district in 1968. His wife, Lyn Williams accepted his award.