Do you remember your first James Madison sporting event? What has made you come back again and again? What is your favorite memory of JMU Athletics? We'd love to share your unique experience with others devoted to JMU. Please share your Madison Memories for the next JMU Experience section by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 540.568.5505.
"I signed a scholarship to play basketball for the JMU Dukes in 1974. I was impressed with the campus, facilities, players, coaches and the plans for the future. I was recruited by Mike Fratello, who went on to coach several NBA teams. My head coach was Lou Campanelli, who went on to be the head coach at The University of California. The other assistant coaches were John Thurston, who later became the head coach at JMU and Ernie Nestor who later became the head coach at George Mason and Elon University. I not only had great coaches but I also had the opportunity of playing with great players. Throughout my career, I played with Sherman Dillard, Steve Stielper, Dace Correll, and Roger Hughett. All of these players were 1000 point scorers for JMU.
I was able to be part of the growth of the JMU basketball program. My first year we were a Division II program and my sophomore year we moved to Division I. We were able to compete quite well against strong Division I programs such as Old Dominion, Virginia Tech, Florida State, Memphis, Austin Peay, and Utah to name a few. The players of my era take great pride in setting the stage and elevating the program to a point where they could go onto compete in the NCAA Tournaments in future years. I have many fond memories of my days of playing basketball for JMU. I was extremely honored when I was named to the JMU Hall of Fame in 1993. I continue to follow JMU sports and I have a son who played football for the Dukes that will be graduating in May of 2010."
- Pat Dosh '78, Glen Allen, VA