Since 1981, nine members of the Wesley College Athletics family have been inducted into the Delaware Hall of Fame.
Albert Horne - 2012
An integration pioneer, Albert Horne attended Bridgeville High in 1965 rather than all black Jason Hight, where he had been the first freshman ever to start in boys' varsity basketball. In football and basketball, Bridgeville compiled an overall 53-4 record during Horne's junior and senior years. Over those two seasons, the football teams went undefeated and the basketball team lost only to conference champion Milton and to state champions P.S. DuPont and Mt. Pleasant. Albert made invaluable contributions in football, but excelled in basketball with a career total of 1,129 points. He averaged 28 points as a senior and more than 30 points in state tournament play where he was the star of the first team All-State squad in 1968, selected as Player of the Year in Delaware. Wesley Coach and DSMHOF inductee Jim Wentworth recruited Albert to be the Wolverines’ first Afro-American player. Wentworth recalls Horne having “the best range on a jump shot of anyone I have ever seen.” Al served as Wesley’s basketball captain in 1970. He then enrolled at Greensboro College, was among the school’s first Afro-American players, and an All-Dixie Conference pick. Al passed away in 1992 at the age of 43. In 2010, he was inducted into the Delaware Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association’s Delaware basketball Hall of Fame. In April of 2011, Horne was again honored when he was inducted into the Delaware Afro-American Sports Hall of Fame.
J. Alvin "Slats" Laramore - 2012
Delaware native Al Laramore was an outstanding multi-sport athlete at Caesar Rodney High and Wesley College, and later made history in Maryland as the only head coach ever to win state high school championships in three different sports. At CR, Al won 15 varsity letters in 4 sports. As a junior, he was 2nd team All-State tackle and 1st team All-State as a senior. In basketball, Laramore played guard, and was a first baseman and catcher for the CR baseball team. In track, Al threw the shot put, discus and javelin. At Wesley, Laramore was a two-way starter at tackle. He later started for West Virginia Wesleyan University at defensive tackle. Al’s coaching career began in 1963. He was hired as head baseball and basketball coach at Annapolis, Md. High School and served as a football assistant, becoming head football coach 2 years later. Annapolis won the 1978 state football championship with a 12-0 mark. Laramore’s career football record is 156-67-2. His .693 winning percentage is the best ever in Anne Arundel County. One of his outstanding players was Bill Belichick, now head coach of the New England Patriots, who admires Laramore for teaching players the importance of commitment, hard work, discipline and organization. Al is an inductee of the Maryland Football Coaches Hall of Fame and the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame. The Annapolis High football stadium is named in his honor. Al’s Annapolis basketball squad won the Maryland 1-AA prep championship in 1974. His lacrosse teams won state titles in 1984, 1985 and 1987.
Tom Marshall - 2009
In 1951-52, Tom Marshall led Lewes High to undefeated seasons in football and basketball, and only one loss in baseball – a phenomenal year under legendary co-coaches Georgiana/Hanley. In football, he was captain, play-calling tailback and the punter for the 9-0 Pirates. In 1952, Tom showed great promise on the Delaware freshman football team, but did not return. Instead, he joined the Coast Guard, where in football he was named to the Coast Guard All-Service Team in 1956 and in 1957 to the prestigious All-Navy Team as a two-way end and punter. In 1958 and 1959, Tom was a starting end, linebacker, and punter for Wesley Junior College. In 1959, he led the nation in punting with a more than 44-yard average, was named All-American, and was selected to play in the East-West All-American game – all firsts for Wesley. In 1985, he was inducted into Wesley’s Hall of Fame. Transferring to the University of Detroit, Tom was the team’s punter. In his first game against Iowa State, Marshall boomed two 60-yarders. Halfway through the season, he was ranked #4 in the nation with a 44.3 average. Following graduation, Tom embarked on a 32-year coaching career. As offensive coordinator at C.W. Post in 1971, Marshall’s Post teams led the nation in total offense and played Delaware in the Boardwalk Bowl. In 1973 and 1976, Post won the Lambert Trophy as the top small college in the East. After retiring, Tom published three books. He died in June 2008 in his hometown, Lewes.
Rick McCall - 2007
Rick McCall is head golf coach at Wesley College and golf pro emeritus at Maple Dale Country Club, from which he retired in 2005 after 40 years service. McCall's Wesley teams have won seven conference championships. The 2000 Wolverine golfers were the first Wesley team to be invited to a NCAA Division III championship tournament. Rick was named 2003 NCAA Division III golf Coach of the Year by Golf Week Magazine. Rick also coached the Maple Dale Junior Golf teams, which won the Delmarva Peninsula Championship 23 times in a 25-year span. As a coach and teacher, McCall has developed many outstanding young golfers. Many of them played for Dover High School, winner of 17 Delaware scholastic golf titles, which is believed to be a national record. McCall's protégés include: Heather Bowie, winner of more than $2 million on the LPGA tour and a four-time college All-American; Canadian Tour pro Chris Wisler, a three-time All American at East Tennessee State University; Joey Maxon, touring pro and three-time All-American at Clemson University; and Chris Noll, the 2002 NCAA Division III national golf champion while at Wesley. McCall's work with young golfers at Maple Dale earned a Philadelphia Golf Association citation as "the longest running and most successful Junior Golf program in Delaware history." Rick organized several local golf tournaments, including the Dana Reed Memorial, the Fran Lore Better Ball Tournament, the Kent County Amateur Championship and the Kent County Open. He continues to provide free lessons for junior and senior golfers.
Bob Andrus - 2006
Robert ‘Bob' Andrus - Bob began his career as head coach for varsity football and varsity baseball at Dover High School in 1959. He went undefeated in both sports in 1962. His teams won 29 straight games in football. He was head coach of the All-Star football game, winning games in 1962 and 1966. He was the first "Gold" team coach to win an All-Star game. In 1967 Bob was hired as the head football coach at Wesley College and won the Tri-State Conference championship his first two seasons. In 1970 he won his first Coastal Conference championship. Bob's team won again in 1976 and appeared in the Sterling Silver Bowl in Hutchison, Kansas where the Wolverines ended the season as the second ranked Junior College football team in the nation. Bob was named Coastal Conference "Coach of the Year" in 1970 & 1976 and was 3 time head coach of the Coastal Conference All-Star game. His record from 1967 through 1976 was 68-20-3. Bob coached until 1987 and ended with an overall record of 97-98-3. He led the conversion of Wesley College from a Junior College powerhouse to a 4 year NCAA Division III football program. Bob returned to high school coaching at Cape Henlopen High School in 1989 as an assistant football coach. Bob coached freshman football at Maryland University for two years and as assistant football coach Bainbridge Naval Center for one year. Coach Andrus' legacy of excellence lives on today through the many players who have enjoyed highly successful careers.
Jim Wentworth - 2006
James ‘Jim' Wentworth - served as head basketball coach at Wesley College for 40 years winning 502 games. During this period he also coached baseball 2 years, track 2 years and football as assistant 5 years. He was Wesley's Athletic Director 11 years. 90% of his athletes were awarded degrees from the college. Jim played a key role in Wesley's athletic growth process, establishing Wesley as a Junior College basketball powerhouse, (5-year record 114-27), then establishing the school's solid Division III program. : Jim's 1965-66 squad was the most successful in Wesley men's basketball history. That team finished 24-3 and was ranked 10th among the nation's junior colleges. In Division III, his team won the Wild Goose Classic Tournament 1986-87 at Washington College and the Eastern States Athletic Conference Tournament 1986-87 and 1987-88. Jim's coaching legacy includes mentoring and molding young men. Ten of his players went on to coach college level and nine went on to coach at high schools. Jim received an honorary doctorate from Wesley in 1999, one of only 23 persons so honored at Wesley. Other honors he received were: Wesley Professor Emeritus; the Athletic Hall of Fame at Wesley College and Pfeiffer University, his alma mater; the Wesley College gymnasium is named "Jim and Shirley Wentworth Gymnasium". Jim received the Lower Delaware Gridiron Club President's Award of Excellence in 2002. He received the National Association of Basketball Coaches Outstanding Service Award for Division III. He received Wesley College President's Award for Excellence and Performance and a Doctorate of Public Service in 1999.
Bill Collick - 1998
One of two Wesley alums inducted in 1998, Bill was a member of the Class of 1972 and was a member of the football team. He was inducted in Wesley's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1985.
Robert Hannah - 1998
Robert Hannah graduated from Wesley College in 1950 and was an inaugural member of of Wesley's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1983.
Pat Knight - 1981
Pat Knight is a former sports information director at Wesley College and the school's Pat Knight Award is named in his honor. He was an inaugural inductee into Wesley's Athletic Hall of Fame.