Ray Laroche ('75)
Dee McDonough ('73)
Susan Shreckhise Slater ('83)
Ron Stith ('77)
A four-year letterman, Dosh (Class of 1978) was a key player during the JMU basketball team's move from Division II to Division I. He played on the Dukes' 1976 NCAA Division II playoff team was a team captain the next two seasons, JMU's first two years in Division I. He was a teammate of the top two scorers in JMU history but still ranks fourth on the Dukes' career scoring list with 1,458 points. He is second in team history in rebounds with 821, and he averaged 14.2 points and 7.9 rebounds per game for his career. His 366 career free throws made rank second in team history, and his 274 career assists tie him for eighth place among JMU players. JMU had a 72-32 record during Dosh's career.
Ray Laroche ('75) was a standout player on JMU's NCAA tournament soccer teams and was the 1972 Virginia Intercollegiate Soccer Association (VISA) Player of the Year as a sophomore. A four-year starter, he helped lead the Dukes to their first NCAA soccer tournament as a freshman in 1971. He set school single-game and season scoring records as a sophomore and broke his own season scoring record as a junior. JMU participated in three NCAA tournaments during his playing career, including the 1973 Division I tournament in the team's first year at that level. The Dukes had a 45-11-6 (.774) record and won or shared three VISA championships and three Virginia College Athletic Association (VCAA) titles during his four seasons on the team.
He was a three-time All-South selection and one of only three players in JMU soccer history to earn that distinction three times. He was named to the All-VISA Team four years and to the All-VCAA Team three years. He an NCAA regional all-tournament team selection in 1971.
He stands second on JMU's all-time lists for career goals (31), assists (24) and points (86), and the player ahead of him on the goals and points lists had to play nearly 20 games more than Laroche to surpass his records.
Dee McDonough ('73) was a U.S. National Team player in field hockey in 1974 and in lacrosse in 1974-75. She played in nine U.S. Field Hockey Association National Tournaments and in 10 U.S. Women's Lacrosse Association (USWLA) National Tournaments and has competed internationally against teams from Wales, England, Australia and Scotland. She played on Southeast Region all-star field hockey teams from 1970-78 and on South Region all-star lacrosse teams from 1970-79.
At JMU she was named the school's Outstanding Sportswoman of the Year for 1972-73. She was a defense player on the field hockey team and a three-year starter. She played attack wing for the lacrosse team and was a four-year varsity starter despite having only taken up the sport as a college freshman. She was captain of the lacrosse team as a junior and senior and captain of the field hockey team as a senior. In addition to her collegiate career, she played hockey for the Washington and Richmond club teams and lacrosse for the Richmond club team.
Off the field she has served lacrosse and field hockey governing bodies and committees in a variety of capacities. She has served as president of the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association and the Virginia Women's Lacrosse Association and has been on the board of directors of The Lacrosse Foundation. She chaired the USWLA national team selection committee four years, chaired state and regional selection committees in lacrosse and field hockey, and chaired ethics and eligibility committees for the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) and the Virginia AIAW.
Susan Shreckhise Slater ('83) earned Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) All-America honors in the 400-meter hurdles in 1981 and 1982 and was JMU's first female athlete to earn All-America honors in track. She finished fifth in the hurdles and ran on the Dukes' 400-meter relay team at the 1981 AIAW National Championships. She placed sixth in the hurdles and was a member of JMU's 11th-place mile relay team at the 1982 AIAW National Championships. In 1983, JMU's first year of Division I competition, she qualified for both the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor National Championships. At the NCAA meets she placed 10th in the 600-meter dash indoors and 30th in the 400-meter hurdles outdoors.
Following graduation from JMU she continued to compete and qualified for and competed in the 1984 U.S. Olympic Trials in the hurdles. She placed 18th in the hurdles in the 1983 TAC National Championships.
In 1983 she was voted JMU's Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. At one point in her JMU career she held eight individual school records and 12 relay records, and her school record of 59.44 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles still stands. She is listed on JMU's all-time top 10 lists in five individual events and four relays, and she holds nine of JMU's all-time top 10 times in the 400-meter hurdles.
She was the Virginia AIAW hurdles champion in 1980, 1981 and 1982 and the VAIAW 400-meter champion in 1981.
A four-year letterman, Ron Stith (Class of 1977) was among the leading players early in the JMU football program's history. He ran for 2,308 yards in just more than three varsity seasons and still ranks fifth on JMU's career rushing list. A tailback, Stith was JMU's leading rusher on a 9-0-1 team in 1975 and on a 1976 team that for a week was the co-No. 1 team in the nation. He was named the the 1975 state college division player of the year by the Richmond Touchdown Club, and he was JMU's offensive most valuable player in 1975 and 1976. He had 25 career touchdowns and 152 career points and is fourth on JMU's career scoring list.