August 8, 2015
Randall, Five Others Selected For Induction Into The Virginia Tech Sports Hall Of Fame

BLACKSBURG – Five former student-athletes, including the quarterback who guided the Hokies to their first ACC title, along with a former team physician make up the newest class for induction into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame.

The class consists of the following:
Roscoe Coles, a tailback who became the first Tech tailback ever to rush for more than 1,000 yards in two different seasons

Will Furrer, a quarterback who broke the school record for career touchdown passes, completions, attempts and completion percentage during his time from 1988-91

Sean Gray, a two-time All-American in wrestling who still ranks as the program’s leader in wins and pins

Dr. Duane Lagan, who was the last team physician to service the medical needs of all varsity sports at Tech

April Byrd Mosley, a track standout who won seven Atlantic 10 individual titles and still holds the school records in the triple jump and long jump

Bryan Randall, a quarterback who led the Hokies to their first ACC championship and set school records for total offense, touchdown passes and passing yards.

The six new honorees will be inducted during a Hall of Fame dinner on the Tech campus on Friday, Sept. 11, the evening before Tech’s home football game against Furman. The inductees will be introduced to fans at halftime of the football game. The new inductees will bring the total number enshrined to 181. The Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame, which is located at the south end of the Cassell Coliseum ambulatory, was established in 1982.

In the mid-1970s, Roscoe Coles established himself as one of the school’s best running backs, and many of his records still rank today among the best in school history.

Coles, a Virginia Beach, Virginia product was just the second Tech running back ever to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season and he did so twice, breaking the school record both times. He amassed 1,045 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns in 1975, breaking Phil Rogers’ single-season mark of 1,036 yards set in 1973. The next season, he rushed for 1,119 yards and nine touchdowns, again breaking the school record. He earned honorable mention All-America honors after both of those seasons.

During his final season, Coles rushed for 672 yards and four scores. He led the team in rushing all three years.

One of Coles’ most memorable moments came in 1975 when he scored on an 89-yard run that lifted the Hokies to a 23-16 win over Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium. That run still ranks as the second-longest run in school history. Another memorable moment came in 1976 when he rushed for a school-record 214 yards in the Hokies’ 35-31 loss to Tulsa, a single-game total that still ranks fifth in school history.

Coles finished his career with 3,459 yards rushing on 656 carries. His career rushing record stood for 26 years until Kevin Jones broke it during the 2003 season, and it still ranks third on the list today. His single-season rushing mark of 1,119 yards stood for three years until Cyrus Lawrence eclipsed it in 1980 (1,221 yards).

Upon graduation, Coles served in the military from 1978-86, achieving the rank of captain. He then worked in the corporate world for four years before embarking on a career in education, including stints as a teacher, head football coach, head track coach and assistant principal, all at the high school level.

Today, Coles is an assistant principal at Enterprise Academy, an alternative school in Newport News, Virginia. He took over on July 1 after spending 10 years as an assistant principal of operations at Heritage High School. He and his wife, who have put four of their five children through college (and their youngest one is a sophomore in college), live in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Will Furrer battled injuries throughout much of his time in Blacksburg, but he still managed to put up record-breaking numbers during a career that spanned from 1988-91.

Furrer, a Pullman, Washington native who played at nearby Fork Union Military Academy, earned the starting job as a freshman in 1988, and he led the Hokies in passing, throwing for 1,384 yards and six touchdowns. As a sophomore, he started the first four games, but in the Hokies’ 23-0 win over Temple, he tore ligaments in his knee and missed the remainder of the season. Still, he led the team in passing, throwing for 589 yards, with three touchdowns and three interceptions.

Furrer bounced back as a junior in 1990, throwing for 2,122 yards, with 19 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. The Hokies went 6-5 that season and ended the year with a 38-13 blowout of rival Virginia on ESPN. Furrer threw for 254 yards and three touchdowns in that game.

During his final season, he threw for 1,820 yards, with 15 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He injured a knee in the Hokies’ win over Akron that year and missed the final two games of his collegiate career.

In fact, Furrer missed nine games in his career. But he still went down as the school’s record holder in career touchdown passes (43), completions (494), attempts (920) and completion percentage (53.7). His 5,915 yards ranked second only behind former signal caller Don Strock.

Furrer got things done in the classroom as well, as he was named one of eight national recipients of the prestigious National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete Award in 1991. Drafted by the Chicago Bears in 1992, Furrer played quarterback in the NFL for seven years, including stints with the Denver Broncos, Houston Oilers and St. Louis Rams.

Furrer’s career passing records lasted quite a while before ultimately being broken. His completions mark lasted 19 years before being broken by Tyrod Taylor in 2010, while his attempts record held for 22 years until Logan Thomas snapped it in 2013. Furrer still ranks second on Tech’s career list in completions and third in attempts. He’s fourth in career touchdown passes and fifth in passing yards.

Furrer works as the senior vice president of product for Q2Holdings, a company that provides virtual banking solutions to regional and community financial institutions and is based in Austin, Texas. He leads the overall product, marketing and branding efforts for the company. He and his family live in Georgetown, Texas.

Sean Gray came to Virginia Tech in 1997 with some lofty expectations, and the Flemington, New Jersey native certainly lived up to them.

As a freshman, he posted one of the best seasons in school history, coming just a win short of earning All-America honors at the NCAA Wrestling Championships. He went 32-8 that season and captured the Colonial Athletic Association title at 134 pounds, while also winning the league’s Rookie of the Year award. Seven of those eight losses came to nationally ranked wrestlers.

He took a redshirt season the following year and then enjoyed a terrific redshirt sophomore campaign, going 40-3 overall in the 141-pound weight class, including an 8-0 mark in Eastern Wrestling League action. He placed seventh at the 2000 NCAA Championships, earning All-America honors. Gray followed that season by earning All-America honors again in 2001, finishing sixth at 141 pounds.

In his final season, Gray came up short in his bid to be a three-time All-American, but he qualified for the NCAA Championships all four years of his career and he finished as the school’s all-time leader in wins (133), winning percentage (.850), pins (45), and pins in a single season (15). Gray still ranks as the school’s leader in career individual wins and pins and second in winning percentage (87.5). Only Devin Carter, who just wrapped up a brilliant career, won a higher percentage of his matches (88.3).

Gray was a three-time Eastern Wrestling League champion and finished his collegiate career undefeated in conference dual-meet competition. He was inducted into the EWL Hall of Fame on March 4, 2007.

Today, Gray works as an assistant wrestling coach at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey, where he has spent the past five years, and this past season, he helped the program get a school-record five qualifiers to the NCAA Wrestling Championships. Prior to that, he worked as an assistant at Boston University for seven seasons.

Gray and his family live in Pennington, New Jersey.

Dr. Duane Lagan’s cheerful and caring disposition made him a favorite among Tech’s student-athletes during a career that spanned from 1989-2003.

An Okeene, Oklahoma native, Lagan came to Tech in 1989 and served as the team physician for all varsity sports at Tech. He was the last team physician to do so, as the athletics department put more resources into sports medicine shortly after Lagan’s departure. Today, each sport has a trainer assigned to it, and the department uses multiple physicians to treat the needs of its student athletes.

In addition to working in athletics, Lagan also served as a physician at the University Health Center, spending mornings on campus before heading to the athletic facilities. He traveled to all football and men’s basketball games from 1989 through April 2003. He was also on the bench for all home football, men’s and women’s basketball and wrestling events, and was on call for every sport. He often did house calls to athletes’ apartments and dorm rooms.

Lagan retired from athletics in January of 2003, but stayed on to work as a staff physician in Student Health Services until the end of the academic year and worked part time for Student Health Services until 2006 when he and his wife returned to Oklahoma, where they live today. He worked part time running his private practice and also served as the team physician for Okeene High School. He later retired to take care of his ailing wife, Dee, though he cared for injured athletes as needed.

In 2013, Dr. Lagan and his wife were presented with The Distinguished Citizen Award for their service in the community of Okeene the prior 48 years.

April Byrd enjoyed a storied career on the track from 1996-2000 as both a long and triple jumper. She set school indoor and outdoor women’s long jump and triple jump records that still stand.

Byrd burst onto the scene quickly, setting the school’s indoor record in the triple jump in her first collegiate meet (40 feet, 1.5 inches). She then set the school’s outdoor record in the event as a sophomore with a leap of 39 feet, 10.75 inches.

That same year, she captured the triple jump title at the Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track and Field Championships and helped the Hokies to the A-10 team championship. Her individual crown served as the first of seven individual championships that she would win in her storied career.

In 1999, she won the long jump at the conference’s indoor meet and the triple jump at the outdoor meet. During her final season in 2000, she won both the long jump and triple jump at both of the conference’s indoor and outdoor meets. At the Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Byrd’s titles in the long and triple jumps guided the Hokies to another team title.

Byrd closed her career by winning the triple jump at the prestigious Penn Relays. After breaking the school record in both the long jump and triple jump as a junior – both indoor and outdoor – Byrd accomplished the feat again during her senior season. She still holds the school’s indoor record in the long jump (19 feet, 9 inches) and triple jump (41 feet, 4.25 inches), and she still holds the school’s outdoor record in both events (long jump, 20 feet, 1.5 inches; triple jump, 42 feet, 5.25 inches).

After graduating in 2000 with a degree in communications, Byrd Mosley went to work as a public relations assistant for a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C. In 2001, she moved to Atlanta and worked in marketing communications for five years before getting an associate’s degree in graphic design. For the past 10 years, she has been working as a graphic and web designer, and she also owns her own business designing personalized tabletop nightlights for children.

Bryan Randall enrolled at Tech in the summer of 2001 and quickly became one of the fan base’s all-time favorite players.

In his first year, the Williamsburg, Virginia product was one of just four true freshmen to see action, completing 12 passes on 34 attempts. But as a sophomore, he won the starting job and went on to enjoy a record-setting career.

During his second year, he threw for 2,134 yards and 12 touchdowns, with 11 interceptions, and helped guide the Hokies to a win over Air Force in the Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl. His best game came when he set a BIG EAST record by throwing for 504 yards and he set a school record with five touchdown passes in a triple overtime loss at Syracuse. That season, his efficiency rating of 143.09 ranked as the 10th-best nationally.

In 2003, Randall started all 13 games, throwing for 1,996 yards and 15 touchdowns, with 10 interceptions. His best game that season came in the Hokies’ loss to California in the Insight Bowl in which he threw for 398 yards and four touchdowns, also running for a score.

Randall’s final season was his most memorable one, as he led the Hokies to a 10-2 regular-season record and the ACC championship. He was named the ACC Player of the Year after he threw for 2,264 yards, with 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions, and he also rushed for more than 500 yards.

Randall’s career ended with a 16-13 loss to then-No. 3 and unbeaten Auburn in the Sugar Bowl. He accounted for 344 yards of total offense in the game, and he finished as the school’s all-time leader in total offense (8,034), touchdown passes (48) and passing yards (6,489). He still ranks second in touchdown passes on Tech’s all-time list, while ranking third in both total yardage and passing yards.

Today, Randall plays for the Philadelphia Soul in the Arena Football League. During the offseasons, he has worked in the pro shop at Fords Colony Country Club in his hometown of Williamsburg, Virginia, and also he also has worked for Edgewood Company, a moving company. He is getting married the Saturday of the Furman game (Sept. 12) and will not be in Blacksburg for the Hall of Fame proceedings.

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