BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Bridgewater College will induct four former student-athletes into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday. The four inductees are record-setting quarterback Jason Lutz, All-American men's basketball player Kyle Williford, women's basketball star Jennifer Young and track and cross country standout Charles Fairchilds.
The 2017 Hall of Fame Class will be the 24th class inducted by the College. Following Saturday's induction ceremony, the Hall of Fame will feature 128 of Bridgewater College's finest student-athletes.
The Hall of Fame Class will also be recognized Saturday evening at haltime of the Bridgewater College - Apprentice School football game.
Jason Lutz '02
Jason Lutz turned in one of the best seasons in Bridgewater football history as the record-setting quarterback led the Eagles to the 2001 Stagg Bowl - the Division III national championship game.
As a junior, Lutz was a first-team All-ODAC selection at quarterback and led the Eagles to the program's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division III playoffs.
During his senior season, Lutz earned numerous postseason accolades while leading the team on its historic run to the Stagg Bowl where the Eagles lost 30-27 to national power Mount Union.
Lutz was the 2001 ODAC Player of the Year, the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) State Player of the Year, an honorable mention All-America selection on the D3football.com and Hewlett Packard teams, and a third-team pick on the Football Gazette All-America squad.
Lutz graduated as the program's leader in career rushing touchdowns (39), career pass completions (429), career passing yards (6,327), career passing touchdowns (59) and career total offense (8,762 yards).
Lutz graduated from Bridgewater with a degree in health and exercise science.
Kyle Williford, '02
Kyle Williford ended his basketball playing career at Bridgewater College as one of the most decorated players in program history.
Williford was the ODAC Freshman of the Year and the Columbus Multimedia National Freshman of the Year in 1999.
He was a first-team All-ODAC selection the next three seasons.
As a junior, in addition to the All-ODAC honor, Williford was a first-team National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-Region selection, a second-team NABC All-America pick and a fourth-team D3hoops.com All-America selection.
Following his senior season, Williford was named the ODAC Player of the Year while earning his second straight NABC first-team All-Region nod. He was a consensus All-American, earning first-team recognition on the NABC, D3hoops.com and the D-III News All-America teams.
Williford also set a Bridgewater single-game scoring record with a 56-point effort against Roanoke College.
Williford currently ranks No. 3 on the Bridgewater career scoring list with 1,927 points. He is No. 5 all-time in rebounds with 909 and No. 1 all-time in blocked shots with 193.
Williford graduated with a degree in information systems management.
Jennifer Young '98
Jennifer Young finished her basketball career as one of the top scorers and shooters in Bridgewater College women's basketball history.
Young was a three-time All-ODAC performer, earning second-team honors as a sophomore and junior before moving up to the first team as a senior. She was also a first team All-State selection and an honorable mention All-American pick following her 1997-98 season.
Young helped lead the Eagles to their first NCAA tournament appearance in 1996-97 and a year later she helped the Eagles reach the NCAA tournament Round of 16.
Young ranks third all-time in career points at Bridgewater with 1,572 and averaged 14.7 points per game during her four seasons. She set the record for 3-pointers made in a season with 176 and still ranks No. 2 in that category. She also holds the career record for 3-point shooting percentage with a 40.8 percent mark.
During her career, Young set Bridgewater season records for points with 495 and 3-point shooting accuracy at 47.2 percent.
Young graduated from Bridgewater with a degree in health and physical education
Charles Fairchilds '70
Charlie Fairchilds was an outstanding distance runner during his career at Bridgewater College for the legendary coach Dr. Harry G. M. "Doc" Jopson.
Fairchilds was an integral part of the 1967, 1968 and 1969 Virginia Small College championship cross country teams and track teams. He set school records in the 880 and 1000 yard races and the mile relay. He was the Virginia Small College 880 yard champion in 1968 and 1969 and was part of the Mason-Dixon championship mile relay team in 1968. Fairchilds also established a Virginia Small College record in the 880 of 1:55.7 in 1969 that stood for 14 years.
While Doc Jopson was on a sabbatical, Charlie and his brother, Vern Fairchilds '68, coached the Bridgewater College 1970 cross country team to a Virginia Small College championship and a second-place finish in the Mason-Dixon Conference.
Fairchilds graduated cum laude from Bridgewater College with a BA in Economics. He also graduated from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business with an MBA.