West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons has announced that seven new Mountaineers will be inducted into the WVU Sports Hall of Fame as the 31st class in school history.
Former football players Noel Devine, Dale Farley and Mike Fox, track & field athlete Keri Bland, Olympic gold medalist Nicco Campriani, gymnast Lajuanda Moody and woman’s basketball player Olayinka Sanni are officially part of WVU’s 2021 HoF class.
Congrats to former Mountaineer student-athletes on being selected to the 2021 WVU Sports Hall of Fame!
— WVU Football (@WVUfootball) July 31, 2021
Devine played for WVU from 2007-10, the highest rated recruit in Mountaineer football history, and he left as the all-time leader in all-purpose yards (5,761 yards). Farley played for WVU from 1968-70, a leader of some stout Mountaineer defenses that led WVU to a 10-1 record and Peach Bowl victory in 1969. Fox played for WVU from 1986-89 and spent nine seasons in the NFL with the New York Giants (winning a Super Bowl) and the Carolina Panthers.
Bland is one of the most decorated track & and field and cross country athletes in WVU history, racking up 11 All-American honors from 2006-11. Bland helped lead WVU cross country to its most successful season in program history with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships in 2008.
Campriani is an air rifle national champion and four-time All-American as a Mountaineer before winning three Olympic gold medal for Team Italy in the Olympic games in London and Rio de Janerio. He helped lead WVU to second- and third-place finishes at the national championships in 2010 and 2011.
Moody is an All-American from the WVU gymnastics’ team during her time in Morgantown from 1991-94. She became the first Mountaineer to qualify for three individual NCAA Championships in 1991, 1993 and 1994 and registered WVU’s first 10.0 in the floor exercise event in 1994.
Sanni played in 129 games for WVU women’s basketball from 2005-08, starting 111 games and was drafted by the Detroit Shock of the WNBA in 2008 — winning a WNBA title. She scored over 1,000 points for WVU, ranking inside the Top 10 in field goal percentage, offensive rebounds, field goals made, games started, games played and just missed the Top 10 in total points.
For more information on all seven WVU Hall of Famers, check out WVU’s article highlighting the biographies of each athlete.