Charles “Lefty” Driesell
Steve Hood (’91)
Tiombé Hurd (’95)

Charles “Lefty” Driesell
Charles “Lefty” Driesell coached JMU’s men’s basketball team from 1988-97, compiling a 159-111 (.589) record and leading the Dukes to the NCAA Tournament in 1994 and to National Invitation Tournament appearances in 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1993.  His teams had the Colonial Athletic Association’s best regular-season record or tied for the league’s best regular-season mark for five straight years from 1989-90 through 1993-94, and the Dukes had four 20-victory seasons during his JMU tenure.

Driesell was the CAA coach of the year in 1989-90 when JMU compiled a 20-11 overall record and an 11-3 conference mark and in 1991-92 when his team was 21-11 overall and 12-2 in the league.  JMU during the 1993-94 season won the CAA Tournament by rallying from a 19-point, second-half deficit during the championship game before falling 64-62 in first-round NCAA play to a Florida team that advanced to the Final Four.

Driesell’s JMU teams reached the finals of the CAA Tournament six times, and while with the Dukes the Norfolk, Va., native coached two CAA players of the year, two CAA rookies of the year, 11 first-team All-CAA performers, and three conference scoring champions.

 

Steve Hood (’91)
Steve Hood joined the JMU’s men’s basketball program soon after “Lefty” Driesell’s hiring as the team’s coach and had two outstanding seasons with the Dukes.  He was the Colonial Athletic Association’s player of the year and scoring leader during each of his JMU seasons (1989-90 and 1990-91), and his scoring and shooting marks remain among the better marks in team history.

The transfer from Maryland averaged 22.0 points per game for the Dukes’ 20-11 team in 1989-90 and 20.7 points per outing for their 19-10 squad in 1990-91.  Both JMU teams on which Hood competed compiled the CAA’s best regular-season record and participated in the National Invitation Tournament.  Hood had 68 three-point field goals during the 1989-90 season and 54 during the 1990-91 campaign, and his 46.4 percent (122-263) career three-point shooting mark remains a JMU record.

The New Carrollton, Md., native had seven 30-point scoring efforts in two JMU seasons, including 36 points against Oklahoma and 32 against North Carolina and Nevada-Las Vegas, and he averaged 21.4 points and 3.8 rebounds in 60 career JMU games.  He was a starter in each JMU game for two seasons.

 

Tiombé Hurd (’95)
Tiombé Hurd competed in the 2004 Athens Olympics after winning the 2004 U.S. Olympics Trials with an American-record jump of 47'5".  She also won the gold medal at the 2001 U.S. Outdoor Championships and represented the United States in the 2001 World Championships in Canada.  She was the bronze medalist at the 2001 World Indoor Championships, the 2000 and 2001 U.S.A. Track and Field indoor champion, runner-up in the 1999 U.S.A. Track and Field Outdoor Championships and a bronze medalist at the 1998 Goodwill Games.

She was third in the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials but did not compete in the Sydney Olympics because she did not meet the Olympic qualifying standard.  During her college career, Hurd was fourth overall and first among Americans at the 1995 NCAA Outdoor Championships.  During the 1995 indoor season Hurd was fifth overall and second among Americans at the NCAA Championships.  That year the Alexandria, Va., native also was runner-up and the top American finisher in the triple jump at both the indoor and outdoor ECAC Championships.

The four-time Colonial Athletic Association triple jump champion and five-time All-America won the 1995 Penn Relays title.