Former NFL defensive back Brandon Flowers, golfer Drew Weaver and former sports information director Dave Smith headline the new class of the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame.
The university has chosen six people for this year’s class, including former distance runners Brian Walter and Tasmin Fanning and ex-outfielder Matt Griswold.
The new honorees will be inducted at a Sept. 6 dinner. They will be introduced to the Lane Stadium crowd at halftime of the Hokies’ Sept. 7 football game with Old Dominion.
Here is a look at the new class:
- Flowers was part of the Tech football team from 2004-07, recording 158 tackles and 10 interceptions in his college career.
He recorded 51 tackles and three interceptions and broke up 18 passes as a third-year sophomore in 2006, earning first-team All-ACC and third-team All-America honors.
Flowers had 86 tackles and five interceptions in 2007, when he earned first team All-America honors. He had seven tackles in Tech’s win over Boston College in the ACC title game.
He was picked by Kansas City in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Flowers played nine seasons in the NFL. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Miami.
- Weaver played golf for the Hokies from 2005-09.
As a sophomore, he helped Tech tie for the team crown at the 2007 ACC championships. He finished 12th in that tournament.
Weaver was the surprise winner of the British Amateur in the summer of 2007. Ranked just No. 181 in the world, Weaver became the first American to win the tournament since 1979. The victory earned him berths in the 2007 British Open and the 2008 Masters.
He took fifth at the 2009 ACC championships. He earned third-team All-America honors that year. He was named to the U.S. team for the 2009 Walker Cup. He qualified for the 2009 U.S. Open.
His career scoring average of 72.6 ranks seventh in Tech history. The Atlanta resident currently ranks 19th on the Web.com Tour points list.
- Smith, a Roanoke native, worked in the athletic communications office at Tech for 40 years. The Virginia Tech graduate worked his way up from assistant sports information director to associate athletic director before retiring in 2015.
He handled media relations for the men’s basketball, football and baseball teams during his career.
He received a lifetime achievement award from the College Sports Information Directors of America and a distinguished service award from the Virginia Sports Information Directors organization. He still lives in Blacksburg.
- Walter, a Hardy native, was a standout in men’s cross country and track and field.
As a sophomore, he was 14th at the 1987 Metro Conference championships. He helped Tech finish fourth at the 1987 NCAA championships; it is the best finish in the team’s history.
He won the individual title at the Metro Conference championships as a senior in 1989. He finished ninth at the NCAA regional meet and earned All-America honors with a 30th-place finish at the 1989 NCAA national championships. He won the 10,000 at the 1990 Metro Conference outdoor track championships.
The Blacksburg resident is now a software engineer.
- Fanning, a four-time All-American, shined for the women’s cross country and track and field teams.
As a sophomore, she earned All-America honors as part of the distance medley relay team that took fourth at the 2007 NCAA indoor championships.
She earned All-America honors in cross country as a junior, when she finished 12th at the 2007 NCAA championships. She won the 3,000 at the 2008 ACC indoor track and field championships. She earned All-America honors with a sixth-place finish in the 5,000 at the NCAA outdoor championships.
She won the 2008 NCAA Southeast Regional cross-country meet as a senior. She then finished third at the NCAA cross country championships; it remains the best finish at that meet in Tech history.
- Griswold played baseball for Tech from 1996-99. He ranks third in school history with 203 career RBIs.
He hit .408 as a sophomore; it ranks as the ninth-best single-season average in Tech history. He had 13 homers and 69 RBIs that year, helping Tech claim the 1997 Atlantic 10 title and an NCAA tournament bid. He earned third-team All-America honors.
Griswold was named the Atlantic 10 player of the year in 1998, when he hit .361 with nine homers and 65 RBIs.
He made the All-Atlantic 10 first team in 1999, when he hit .345 with 12 homers and 49 RBIs. He helped Tech win the A-10 title and earn an NCAA tournament bid.