Tech athletics recognizes first-time letterwinners at Letter Jacket Ceremony

By Reyna Gilbert-Lowry

On Sept. 20, 2017, more than 90 winter and spring sport student-athletes and support area students (managers and trainers) were recognized at the annual Letter Jacket Legacy Ceremony held at Lane Stadium. The Virginia Tech Department of Athletics sponsored the event in conjunction with the Virginia Tech Monogram Club. For those unfamiliar with the Virginia Tech Monogram Club, it is a membership organization that seeks to honor, connect and recognize former and current letterwinners and their commitment to Virginia Tech Athletics.

Since 2015, the Virginia Tech Athletics Department has presented letter jackets to first-time Monogram winners from the winter, spring and fall sports at the department’s bi-annual Letter Jacket Ceremony. This new tradition has allowed first-year letterwinners to see firsthand the value that the department places on their commitment to athletics and also enhances their experience as member of the Virginia Tech Athletics community.

During the ceremony, letterwinners were presented with their letter jackets and acknowledged by their head coaches, with numerous members of the department administration in attendance. Former men's basketball standout and Monogram Club member Bimbo Coles also provided a keynote address for the evening.

After a record-setting career as a Hokie and lengthy career in the NBA, Coles revealed that some of his greatest sports moments were spent wearing maroon and orange.

"When I was in college, I was so focused on what I had to do with basketball," Coles said. He encouraged the group to take their blinders off and enjoy the journey.

As for what it means to become a member of the Monogram Club, Coles responded, "The stitching is made up of your blood, sweat and tears.”

In February, the department once again will sponsor the recognition ceremony for first-time letterwinners from fall sports, as well as cheerleaders, HighTechs and student workers in the department’s HokieVision office. This is just one of the many ways that the Virginia Tech Department of Athletics is committed to providing a first-class student-athlete experience.

The following received letter jackets:

Athletic Trainers

Will Ellson

Elizabeth Snyder

Josie Hyman

Marley Trone

Seyi Olusina

Rachel Harlow

Nikki Turner

Eric Behrmann

Claudia Altman

Margaret Wells

Jill Wise

Baseball

Dylan Hall

Keegan McGinnis

JD Mundy

Jake Rosen

Graham Seitz

Andrew Webb

Marcus White

Connor Yoder

Lacrosse

Sydney Gagnon

Mary Clare McCarthy

Abby Wilson

Kendall Welch

Payton Beach

Taylor Caskey

Kara Reichert

Hannah Kurisky

Isabel Obregon

Marissa Davey

Men’s Basketball

Khadim Sy

Ty Outlaw

Men’s Golf

Sarit Suwannarut

Mark Lawrence Jr.

Men’s Swimming and Diving

Hassler Carroll

Chris Outlaw

Men’s Tennis

Henrik Korsgaard

Alex Ribeiro

Feliksas Sakalauskas

Abraham Asaba

Men’s Track and Field

Brandon Thomas

Matthew Baker

Kevin Cianfarini

Greg Chiles

Michael Davenport

Matthew Reinhart

Fitsum Seyoum

Softball

Taylor Barnes

Taylor Clark

Carrie Eberle

Hannah Jones

Alyssa Clarke (manager)

Jordan Nichols (manager)

Women’s Basketball

Kaela Kinder

Kendyl Brooks

Diandra DaRosa

Women’s Golf

Jessica Spicer

Women’s Swimming and Diving

Jenna Beattie

Baillee Cameron

Miranda Eberle

Reka Gyorgy

Chloe Hicks

Grace Kowal

Eleanor Matheson

Leah Rogers

Margarita Ryan

M.J. Ulrich

Women’s Tennis

Fallon Delp

Luisa Uscocovich

Natalie Novotna

Shene Disbergen

McKenzie Collins

Nancy Ghanem

Women’s Track and Field

Laurie Barton

Arlicia Bush

Eszter Bajnok

Emma Thor

Kajsa Wennberg

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