Five Named To Tech Hall Of Fame
Jim Pyne, Mike Williams join two former student-athletes and a former coach
August 8, 2004

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Jim Pyne, Virginia Tech's first unanimous football All-American, and Mike Williams, the first Hokie ever to play in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, join two former student-athletes and a former coach in the latest class elected to the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame.

The other newly elected members are:
  • Lisa Pikalek Karlisch, who excelled on the court and in the classroom on the way to becoming the Hokies' most honored volleyball player.

  • Dick Redding, a popular figure in Tech athletics who joined the football staff in 1953 and added coaching duties in swimming and track to his resume during an 18-year stay in Blacksburg.

  • Bob Wingfield, who starred in track and field during the mid-1950s and rates as one of the top 880-yard runners in Southern Conference history.

The five new honorees will be inducted at a Hall of Fame dinner on the Tech campus on Friday, Sept. 24, the evening before Tech's home football game against North Carolina State. Each of the inductees and their families will also be introduced to fans at halftime of the football game.

As a freshman, Pikalek became the first Tech rookie to make the All-Metro women's volleyball team. She secured a spot by finishing third in the league in kills and setting a conference record for kills in a single match with 37 against Tulane. Her sophomore year, Pikalek was a GTE District III Academic All-America selection. She finished second in the Metro in kills and fourth in service aces that season.

During the 1991 season, the talented swing hitter led the Metro in kills and finished fifth in digs per game as the Hokies finished second in the conference as a team. She earned her third straight all-conference berth and was picked second team on the national GTE Academic All-America squad.

Pikalek helped Tech to a school-record 26 wins, its first-ever regional ranking, a share of the Metro regular-season title and a postseason berth in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship in 1992. She became both Tech's and the Metro's all-time leader in kills with 2,770. She also set five other Metro career marks. Pikalek finished sixth on the American Volleyball Coaches Association career kills list and, at the time, was just the 14th Division I player to gain 2,000 kills. She became the first volleyball player in Metro history to earn all-league honors four consecutive seasons.

In four years, Pikalek helped the Hokies to a 94-56 record, while maintaining over a 3.9 grade point average in her double major of psychology and sociology. Following her senior season, she earned first-team GTE Academic All-America honors and was named the GTE Academic All-American of the Year for the sport of volleyball. For all her accomplishments, Virginia Tech retired her jersey, No. 12, on Feb. 6, 1993. Pikalek, who still holds 11 school records, is one of only two Tech female student-athletes to have their jerseys retired.

During his sophomore season, Pyne played on 736 of a possible 770 offensive snaps, which translated to 96 percent of the Hokies' plays on offense. He played every offensive down in six games that season and graded higher for his performance on the field than any lineman during Coach Frank Beamer's first five seasons at Tech.

Pyne earned second-team All-BIG EAST Conference honors his junior year and was named to the league's first All-Academic team. He played on 92 percent of the team's offensive snaps and set a school weight room record with a 401-pound hang clean.

The Milford, Mass., native helped clear the way for a record-setting offense in 1993 as Tech earned its first bowl bid of the Beamer era. He closed out his Tech career having allowed just one quarterback sack to a man he was assigned to block during more than 2,700 career snaps. Pyne earned first-team honors on all five major All-America teams in '93 to become Tech's first-ever unanimous All-American. He was also named first-team All-BIG EAST and made the conference academic team for the second straight year. His number (73) was retired following the season.

Redding worked for three different head football coaches at Tech. He spent his first six years on Moseley's staff as the coach of the freshman team. He worked with the offensive line during the 1960-61 school year, before taking over the freshmen again when Jerry Claiborne took over the head coaching duties in 1961. In addition to his duties with the freshmen, Redding traveled the widest circle in the Hokies' football recruiting program and worked with the varsity offensive linemen and kickers. In 1971, Redding worked one season as the freshman coach on Charlie Coffey's Tech football staff.

Redding's work with football was just part of his many contributions to the Tech athletic program. He served as the Hokies' head track and field coach from 1953 through 1958 and was the school's swimming and diving coach for 18 seasons.

When Redding took over as head coach of the track team, the Hokies had never finished higher than fourth place in the Southern Conference indoor or outdoor track championships. During his first two seasons, the indoor team finished second both years, while the outdoor team took second in 1954 and third in 1955. In 1956, the Tech harriers won both the indoor and outdoor conference titles, the only track championships during the Hokies' membership in the Southern Conference. Both teams finished second again in 1957.

Like track and field, Tech's swimming and diving program enjoyed little success in the Southern Conference until Redding took over. During 11 seasons competing in the Southern Conference with Redding at the helm, the Tech swimmers won their only two league championships with titles in 1957 and 1964. The Hokies finished second seven times, third once and fourth once. Tech left the conference following the 1964-65 school year. Redding guided his teams to 60 wins, which stood as a school record for Tech swimming coaches until the 1990's. He remains third overall in victories among the Hokies' swimming coaches.

Williams was used as a reliever during the early stages of the 1988 season, before moving into a starting role. He appeared in a total of 15 games, including seven of the last eight as a starter. He compiled a 4-2 record and struck out 62 batters in 58 1/3 innings.

The 6-1 right-hander moved into the starting rotation as a sophomore and enjoyed a record-breaking season in 1989. Williams set school single-season pitching marks for starts (16), innings pitched (118), batters faced (496) and complete games (12). He also tied the Hokies' season mark for wins on the way to an 11-4 mark and a 3.28 earned run average. His 6-1 record in Metro Conference play helped him to first-team all-conference honors.

As a junior in 1990, Williams posted his second-straight 11-4 season and surpassed his own marks for pitching starts (17) and innings pitched (122). He struck out 97 batters on the way to a 3.98 ERA and second-team All-Metro honors.

Williams, who opted to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies after his junior season, still owns Tech's season (12) and career (22) records for complete games. He also holds season and career fielding marks for assists by a Tech pitcher. Williams still ranks fifth all-time at Tech in wins (26) and innings pitched (289 1/3).

In 2002, Williams became the first Hokie to play in the Major League All-Star game. He was chosen for the team again in 2003. He set a Pittsburgh Pirates' record for consecutive saves in 2001 with 16 and posted a club-record 46 saves in 2002.

While running on the freshman team in the winter and spring of 1954, Wingfield won the 880 outdoor races for freshmen at both the Big Six Meet and the Southern Conference Meet. He also helped the freshman mile relay team to first-place finishes in five of its six competitions.

Wingfield, who attended William Fleming High School in Roanoke, Va., began running cross country to stay in shape when he moved to the varsity team his sophomore year. He finished 10th at his first Southern Conference cross country championship in 1954. That winter he finished first in the 880 at the Southern Conference and Big Six indoor championships. During the outdoor season, Wingfield went 5-0 in the 880 in dual meets, won the league 880 championship and helped the mile relay team to a first-place finish at the SC meet.

Wingfield went on to win the Southern Conference and Big Six 880 indoor and outdoor titles in both his junior and senior years. During his three varsity seasons, he finished first in the 880 in 12 of the 13 dual meets in which he ran. He also placed first in the mile five of the seven times he ran the event in dual meets. He added a sixth-place finish in the conference cross country championships in 1955 and an eighth-place finish in 1956.

Wingfield ranks as the only runner in Southern Conference history to win both the indoor and outdoor 880 championships three consecutive seasons. Wingfield was the first runner to win three outdoor 880 titles during the first 34 years of SC competition. He was also the only runner to win three straight Southern Conference indoor championships during the 47 seasons the event was run in the league championship meet.

After graduating from Tech, Wingfield spent 21 years working for the Virginia Department of Transportation. He retired from Lanford Brothers in 1997 and is currently working as a part-time inspector for VDOT.

Enshrined earlier in the Tech Hall of Fame were: Carroll Dale, Chris Smith, George Preas, Bob Schweickert, Johnny Oates, Allan Bristow, Leo Burke, Tim Collins, Madison Nutter, Don Strock, John Wetzel, Harry Bushkar, Howie Wright, Dickie Beard, Glen Combs, Tom Beasley, Brandon Glover, Mike Widger, George Foussekis, Stuart Johnson, Leland Melear, Jerry Gaines, Ken Whitley, Bill Grossman, Jack Burrows, Wendy Weisend, Mac Banks, Lewis Mills, Franklin Stubbs, Keith Neff, Howard Pardue, Lucy Hawk Banks, Roy Beskin, Bill Matthews, Jack Prater, Dale Solomon, Ginny Lessmann Stonick, Neff McClary, Mike Johnson, Linda King Steel, Tony Paige, Bruce Smith, Louis Ripley, Dell Curry, Connie Sellers, Dick Arnold, Frank Beamer, Renee Dennis, Cyrus Lawrence, Rick Razzano, Jim Stewart, Sterling Wingo, Robert Brown, Berkeley Cundiff, Don Divers, Loyd King, Kenny Lewis, Ken Barefoot, Bob Phillips, Steve Taylor, Ted Ware, Mike Burnop, Bimbo Coles, Ken Edwards, Ki Luczak, Bobby Smith, Lori McKee Taylor, Amy Byrne Feathers, George Canale, Don Oakes, Ricky Scales, Margaret Soulen Gilbert, Sherman VanDevender, Gene Breen, Mickey Fitzgerald, Bob Grossmann, Chuck Hartman, Judy Williams, Ron Davidson, Anne Jones Thompson, Wayne Robinson, Dennis Scott; and the following persons who are deceased: C.P. (Sally) Miles, Frank Moseley, Frank Loria, Hunter Carpenter, Frank Peake, Herbert McEver, Greene (Red) Laird, Paul Dear, Monk Younger, Henry (Puss) Redd, Mel Henry, George Parrish, Hank Crisp, Ed Motley, Sonny Utz, Wilson Bell, Herb Thomas, Bob Ayersman, Bill Buchanan, Dick Esleeck, Al Casey, Joe Moran, William Grinus, Jr., Earl (Bus) Hall, H.V. (Byrd) Hooper, James Franklin Powell, Bucky Keller, Milton Andes, Richard Bullock, Waddey Harvey, Frank Teske, George Smith, Eddie Ferrell and Jerry Claiborne.