Five named to Tech Hall Of Fame
Charles Moir, Antonio Freeman headline 2006 class
August 28, 2006

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Charles Moir, Virginia Tech's winningest basketball coach, and Antonio Freeman, Tech football's all-time leader in touchdown receptions, are among five new members elected to the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame.

Joining Moir and Freeman as 2006 inductees are:

  • Ray Crittenden, a multi-talented athlete who played a key role in the development of the men's soccer program before turning to football and playing in the NFL.

  • Marcus Kramer, a nationally-ranked netter who was one of the key figures in putting the men's tennis program on the map in the early 1990s.

  • Christi Osborne Vest, a productive forward who excelled on and off the court on the way to helping the women's basketball team reach new heights.

The five new honorees will be inducted at a Hall of Fame dinner on the Tech campus on Friday, Nov. 10, the evening before Tech's home football game against Kent State. Each of the inductees also will be introduced to fans at halftime of the football game.

The new inductees will bring the total number enshrined to 131. The Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1982 and is currently located near the Bowman Room on the fourth floor of the Jamerson Athletic Center. Hall of Fame plaques engraved with portraits of all the members are displayed there. Under Tech Hall of Fame guidelines, persons are not eligible for induction until they have been out of school for a period of 10 years.

Ray Crittenden still ranks as one of the best all-around athletes ever to compete at the varsity level for Virginia Tech. He came to Blacksburg as the first full-scholarship soccer player in Tech history. Before he left, Crittenden re-wrote the soccer record book, spent a season on the basketball court, lettered in football and earned an NFL tryout.

Crittenden was a key figure in the development of the men's soccer program. As a freshman in 1988, he scored 15 goals, setting a single-season school record that has been equaled just once. He also set school season marks for shots (70) and points (34).

The freshman from Annandale, Va., helped the Hokies to a school-record 11 victories in '88, a mark that stood until 1996. He was named the team's most valuable player and earned all-state, all-Metro and all-South Atlantic Region honors.

After the completion of his first soccer season, Crittenden joined the men's basketball team as a guard. Working behind four veteran players at the deepest position on the team, he saw reserve duty during the 1988-89 season.

As a sophomore, Crittenden turned his concentration back to soccer. He scored eight goals that season to become the school's career leader in goals after just two seasons. He was named All-Metro and was voted the most valuable offensive player of the Metro Invitational Tournament after scoring three of Tech's five goals on the way to the championship.

Crittenden captained the Tech soccer team in 1990, scoring eight goals for the second straight season. He also had a hand in leading the Hokies to three-straight seasons of 10 or more wins for the first time in the program's history. He was named the team's offensive MVP and earned all-South Atlantic Region honors for the second time.

Following his junior season, Crittenden decided to give up his final year of soccer to play football for the Hokies. He finished his three-seasons as the soccer program's career and season leader in shots (244/73), goals (31/15) and points (74/34). He still ranks among Tech's top six all-time leaders in all three of those career and season categories.

Crittenden joined the football team for spring practice in 1991 and worked at flanker. He saw action in the 1991 season opener and joined the travel squad before suffering a broken jaw off the field in early October that ended his season. Crittenden bounced back with an excellent showing in the spring of 1992, taking over the No. 2 spot at split end.

During the 1992 season, Crittenden played in every game, earning some starting time in the process. He caught nine passes for 113 yards and a touchdown and attracted attention as a kickoff return specialist.

After graduating from Tech with a degree in communications, Crittenden earned a free-agent contract with the NFL New England Patriots and played in every game for the Patriots as a receiver and return specialist during the 1993 and 1994 seasons. He ranked fifth in the AFC in kickoff returns as a rookie. Crittenden spent a total of five seasons in the NFL, including stints with the Carolina Panthers and San Diego Chargers, before serious knee injuries led to his retirement in 1998.

Crittenden currently lives in Miami, Fla., where he is a clinical research coordinator for Horizon Institute. He recently received a master's in biomedical sciences from Barry University.

Antonio Freeman was a highly-touted, but lightly-recruited receiver out of Baltimore's Polytechnic High School in the fall of 1989. The lack of interest from other schools never swayed Virginia Tech, which took note that Freeman was named The Baltimore Sun's offensive player of the year in a 104-school coverage area, despite playing in a run-oriented program.

After redshirting as a freshman in 1990, Freeman opened the 1991 season as a reserve. His role changed quickly after he caught six passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns in an early-season jayvee game against Fork Union Military Academy. That performance helped springboard him into a key varsity role that he never relinquished.

After catching 19 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns as a redshirt freshman, Freeman put together a three-season stretch in which he led the Hokies in receiving each year and started 34 of Tech's 35 games. He set numerous records along the way, several of which still stand.

During the 1992 season, Freeman caught 32 passes for 703 yards, setting a school single-season mark for yards per catch at 21.97. He had an 83-yard touchdown catch against West Virginia during that season and became just the second player in Tech history to catch three TD passes of 60 yards or more in a single season.

Freeman caught 32 passes again during his junior year and set a season record with nine touchdown catches, a record that has been equaled once (by André Davis), but not surpassed. In a win against Temple that year, he set a BIG EAST Conference single-game record with 194 yards receiving. He helped Tech to an Independence Bowl victory over Indiana with five receptions, including a 42-yard touchdown grab.

As a senior, Freeman turned in a personal-best 38 catches for 586 yards and five TDs. He also led the BIG EAST in punt returns and ranked sixth nationally. His performances helped him set school career marks for receptions (121) and touchdown catches (22). He also set season and single-game marks for punt return yardage during his final year on the way to second-team All-BIG EAST honors as both a receiver and return man.

Freeman's career touchdown reception mark still stands, while his career receptions now rank second. His 2,207 career receiving yards fell just short of the school record and still rank second all-time. He still ranks seventh in yardage among the Hokies' career punt return leaders.

Freeman was selected in the third round of the 1995 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers and went on to become Packer quarterback Brett Farve's favorite receiver. The twosome combined for a team-record 57 scoring passes -- fifth in NFL history -- and helped the Packers to two Super Bowls. Freeman was one of the heroes in the Packers' 1997 Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots, catching a then Super Bowl record 81-yard touchdown pass. He led the NFL in receiving yards in 1998 and earned a trip to the Pro Bowl.

After 10 seasons in the NFL, Freeman currently lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he won a Pop Warner Award for his work with youth this past spring.

Marcus Kramer helped put Virginia Tech men's tennis on the map during his four seasons in Blacksburg. Kramer was one of the nation's top juniors players when he joined the Hokies from Jacksonville, Fla., and is still considered one of the program's most prized recruits.

As a freshman during the 1989-90 school year, Kramer helped Tech to a 5-0 mark and the Virginia State championship in the fall. He played the majority of the season at the No. 1 singles spot for Tech, posting a 16-3 mark. He won the consolation finals at No. 1 in the Metro Conference Tournament that year and teamed with Dinko Gudelj to win the No. 3 doubles championship. Kramer earned All-Metro honors.

Kramer's individual numbers slipped some during his sophomore season, but he helped the team to a 16-2 spring mark. Playing at the No. 2 singles spot, he was ranked the No. 17 player in NCAA Region II.

During his junior year in 1991-92, Kramer returned to form, compiling a 20-8 mark in singles and a 17-4 record in doubles play. He was ranked the No. 51 player in the nation during the season, and won All-Metro Conference honors for the second time.

In 1993, Kramer became just the third Tech men's tennis player at the time to qualify for the NCAA Tournament in singles. He climbed as high as No. 25 in the nation that season and finished as the No. 3 singles player in Region II and the No. 58 player nationally. He was named the MVP of the Metro Tournament, earning all-conference honors for the third time. He also was voted the team's MVP for the third time in four seasons.

Kramer was honored throughout his Virginia Tech career for his academic achievement. He was named to the Metro Conference All-Academic team each of his four seasons with the Hokies. Following his junior and senior seasons, Kramer was named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Academic All-American. In 1992, he was named a Volvo Tennis/Scholar Athlete. A year later, he was named Tech's most outstanding student in animal science.

Kramer finished his Tech career with a 79-39 record in singles and 69-23 mark in doubles. During his four seasons at Tech, the Hokies posted 69 wins and only 11 losses. Eight of those losses came to Top 25 teams.

Presently, Kramer resides in Sebastian, Fla., where he is a veterinarian.

Following a highly successful high school coaching career in Virginia and North Carolina, Charlie Moir first arrived at Virginia Tech in 1963. Moir served as an assistant basketball coach for one season under head coach Bill Matthews and three seasons under head coach Howie Shannon before leaving Blacksburg in 1967 to join the head coaching ranks.

After successful head coaching stints at Roanoke College - where he guided the Maroons to the NCAA College Division Championship and earned Associated Press College Division Coach of the Year honors in 1972 - and Tulane University, Moir returned to Virginia Tech as the head basketball coach in 1976. During his first season at the helm, the Hokies posted a 19-10 record and advanced to the second round of the National Invitation Tournament.

Wins and postseason tournaments became the norm during Moir's 11-year tenure with the Hokies. His 213 victories during that span still rank as the most for any men's basketball coach in Virginia Tech history. His teams won 19 or more games in nine of his 11 seasons, and during one stretch he produced a school-record five consecutive 20-win seasons. Moir guided the Hokies to eight postseason tournament appearances - four in the NCAA Tournament and four in the NIT - the most ever by any Tech men's coach.

When Virginia Tech joined the Metro Conference in the spring of 1978, Moir's 1978-79 Tech team responded by winning the conference tournament in its first season of competition. On Jan. 10, 1983, Moir and the Hokies spoiled the day for No.1 Memphis State, knocking off the Tigers 69-56 in a sold out Cassell Coliseum.

In 1983-84, the Hokies advanced to the semifinals of the NIT, defeating Georgia Tech, South Alabama and Tennessee, before losing to eventual champion Michigan by three points. The Hokies finished third in the tournament with a consolation game win over Southwestern Louisiana.

A native of Francisco, N.C., Moir finished with a 213-119 record at Tech. He will be joining some of his former players in the Tech Hall of Fame. Current members that Moir recruited and coached, include Dell Curry, Bimbo Coles, Dale Solomon and Wayne Robinson.

Moir, who recently retired from a sales position at Dillard Paper Company (now XPEDX), lives in Salem, Va.

Christi Osborne didn't waste any time making contributions to the Virginia Tech women's basketball program. As a freshman, Osborne played in every game of the 1991-92 season, starting 20 games at forward. She was a unanimous selection to the All-Metro Conference Rookie Team and was picked to the Metro All-Tournament Team that season after averaging 10.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, and shooting 82.2 percent from the free throw line. Her 66 assists were the second-most ever for a Tech freshman. Osborne's competitiveness, desire and work ethic were underscored when her teammates voted her the team's practice player of the year.

During her sophomore year, Osborne helped the Tech women to their first-ever 20-win season. On the court, she started all 28 games, averaging 13.7 points and 5.1 rebounds on the way to second-team All-Metro Conference honors. She also was named to the Metro All-Tournament Team. Off the court, she was a GTE District III Academic All-American and was named the Metro Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Osborne helped the 1993-94 Tech team to a record 24 victories, while starting all 30 games. Along the way, the Hokies won their first-ever Metro Conference Women's Tournament championship and earned the program's first-ever visit to the NCAA Tournament. Osborne was voted the MVP of the Metro Tournament that year and was second-team all-conference for the second-straight year, finishing with a scoring average of 14.5. She led the Metro in free throw percentage and ranked sixth nationally with a mark of 87.4 percent. At one point, she made 38 consecutive free throws, a school mark that still stands.

Osborne repeated as the Metro Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year as a junior. She also repeated as a District III Academic All-American and was named second team on the national GTE Academic All-America squad.

The firsts for the Tech women's basketball program continued during Osborne's senior year. In 1994-95, the Hokies won 22 games, giving them three consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time in the history of the program. Tech did not repeat as the Metro Tournament champs, but did record its first Metro Conference regular season championship. Osborne and the Hokies appeared in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year - another first - and won their first-ever NCAA game with a 62-52 first-round victory against St. Joseph's (PA). During the season, the Tech women also appeared in the national rankings for the first time.

During her final season, Osborne averaged 12.8 points and captured second-team all-conference honors for the third time. She finished her career with 1,500 points, which still ranks fifth all-time at Tech, and her career free throw percentage of 82.9 continues to be the program's top mark. Osborne also still ranks among the top 10 at Tech in career scoring average, field goals made, free throws made and assists.

Osborne was named first team on the national GTE Academic All-America team in 1995 after making the District III team for the third consecutive year. She graduated with a degree in early childhood education after receiving just one grade below an A- in four years at Tech.

Osborne-Vest, a former elementary school teacher, is currently a stay-at-home mom in Hebron, Ky.

Enshrined earlier in the Tech Hall of Fame were: Carroll Dale, Chris Smith, George Preas, Bob Schweickert, 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, Lisa Pikalek Karlisch, Jim Pyne, Mike Williams, Bob Wingfield, Billy Hardee, Robin Lee, Mark Stickley, Terry Strock, Armand Taylor; 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, Jerry Claiborne, Dick Redding and Johnny Oates.