Charles Haley ('86)
Carol Horton ('68)
Dr. Caroline Sinclair

Charles Haley ('86)

Charles Haley made believers of more than a few skeptics as an outstanding collegiate and professional football player. Overlooked by the so-called major schools in the recruiting process, he enrolled at James Madison University where he was an instant standout and became the school's initial first-team Division I-AA All-America choice in 1985. Not selected in the professional draft until the fourth round by the San Francisco 49ers, he became one of the top pass rushers in the National Football League and the first player to be a member of five Super Bowl championship teams.

A native of Gladys, Va., and a graduate of William Campbell High School, Haley completed his collegiate career as JMU's all-time leading tackler with 506. He received Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Rookie of the Week honors (players from 25 schools were eligible) in two of his first three college games, and he finished his freshman season ranked second in tackles for JMU's 8-3 team. Among the first three games of Haley's college career was JMU's 21-17 win at the University of Virginia in 1982.

Haley took part in 85 tackles as a freshman in 1982, 143 as a sophomore, 147 as a junior and 131 as a senior. In addition to his All-America recognition, he also was the Roanoke Times & World-News' Virginia Defensive Player of the Year in 1985.

Haley started his career as an outside linebacker. He moved to inside linebacker in 1983 and returned to outside linebacker midway through 1985. In a 21-6 win in 1985 over eventual national champion Georgia Southern, Haley blocked a punt to set up a touchdown, caused a fumble, had a quarterback sack and deflected three passes.

San Francisco surprised many NFL observers by making Haley their fourth-round choice in the 1986 draft of college players, but the investment obviously was a good one. He played on the 49ers' Super Bowl championship teams after the 1988 and 1989 seasons and played for victorious Super Bowl teams with the Dallas Cowboys after the 1992, 1993 and 1995 seasons. He played in several Pro Bowl games, and in 1990 while with San Francisco was the National Football Conference's Defensive Player of the Year.

 

   
  Carol Jeanne Horton ('68)

Carol Horton was a standout two-sport athlete at James Madison University (then Madison College) and followed her playing career with a distinguished career as a coach, official and educator.

Carol was captain of the JMU field hockey team and twice was selected to the Blue Ridge All-Star Team. She also played two seasons of basketball. She went on to play for a Washington (D.C.) area club field hockey team for 15 years and was a member of the Washington association team that won the John F. Kennedy International Tournament in 1971 and 1972. Carol played for the Washington team in a number of Southeast Region tournaments and was selected to play on the Southeast Region all-star team in the U.S. Field Hockey Association's national tournament.

At the time of her induction into the JMU Sports Hall of Fame, Carol's coaching career included 28 years in field hockey, 14 years in soccer, 11 years in softball and two years in gymnastics in Northern Virginia. In 1993 she received both the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Region 2 and the Virginia High School Coaches Association Coach of the Year awards, which honored her accomplishments as a field hockey coach. She has a Virginia-record 261 wins in the sport at the high school level. Carol was named the Journal Newspapers' Coach of the Year in 1985 and 1987 and the Alexandria Gazette's Coach of the Year in 1987. Her career as a field hockey coach includes one state championship (Groveton High School 1977), two state runner-up trophies (West Potomac High School 1985 and 1987), five Northern Region championships and 14 district championships.

Her Groveton softball team won the district championship in 1979 and her West Potomac team advanced to the Northern Region Final Four in 1994.

She has been a basketball official for 30 years and has officiated six state tournaments.

Carol is a native of Arlington, Va., and a graduate of Wakefield High School.

 

   
  Caroline B. Sinclair, Ph.D.

Dr. Caroline Sinclair was head of women's athletics and intramurals and chairman of the physical education department at James Madison University (then Madison College) from 1950-66. She was a strong proponent of intercollegiate sports for women at a time when the majority of educational leaders were not concerned about nor supportive of those opportunities. She was an outstanding teacher, coach and administrator who set high standards and challenged colleagues and students to strive to be the best.

Dr. Sinclair started the fencing program at James Madison and was responsible for the introduction of women's fencing at the collegiate level in Virginia. The state champion team trophy is named in her honor.

She was the first recipient of the Pioneer Recognition Award from the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) and was one of 12 recipients of the American Alliance Centennial Award, presented in 1985 in recognition of significant contributions to the growth and progress and programmatic enhancement of the Alliance.

She served as president of Virginia AHPERD (1958-59), the Southern Association for Physical Education of College Women, and the Southern District of AAHPERD (1954-55) and was a member of AAHPERD's Board of Directors. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of William and Mary and was inducted into the William and Mary Athletic Hall of Fame in 1978. Dr. Sinclair was listed in "Who's Who in American Education," "Who's Who in American Women" and "Virginia Lives." She received honor awards from Virginia AAHPERD (1965), the Southern District of AAHPERD (1951) and AAHPERD. She is a life fellow of AAHPERD, a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and an honorary national official in basketball and swimming. A native of Gloucester County, Va., Dr. Sinclair is a JMU professor emerita of health and physical education. She holds a Ph.D. from New York University.