A group of seven former Franklin County High School student-athletes have been for induction into the school’s Sports Hall of Fame.

The group is slated for enshrinement Friday, October 18.

FCHS plays Blue Ridge District rival Northside that evening in C.I. (Cy) Dillon Stadium-Fred M. Brown Memorial Field.

Coastal Carolina University head baseball coach Gary Gilmore, who guided the Chanticleers to the NCAA Division I national champion in 2016, headlines the class.

Below are the inductees and their high school and post high school accomplishments.

Anne Wright Crutchfield played basketball from 1981-1985 and earned Roanoke Valley All District laurels in 1983, 1984, and 1985 and garnered arned Northwest All Region honors in 1984 and 1985.

She played basketball at Emory & Henry College (E&H) earning Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) honors in 1986 – 1989. First female in the ODAC to earn all-conference accolades four years.

Crutchfield is enshrined in E&H’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Crutchfield coached FCHS’s girls basketball team to the Western Valley District championship in 2009, and to Western Valley District tournament titles in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

She earned Coach of the year honors in Western Valley (2009) and Piedmont District (2013).

Crutchfield coached women’s basketball at E&H with a career record of 98-40 and was voted ODAC Coach of the Year in 2018.

She led the Wasps to the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament in 2018.

Crutchfield was named Interim Director of Athletics at Emory and Henry in May 2017 and become Director of Athletics in 2019. Class of 1985.

Marshall L. Flora Jr. participated in football, track and baseball. He was the 1966 football team co-captain and Mr. Football. He was named to the Piedmont All District football team, and served as 1967, class president and varsity club Tteasurer.

Flora attended Bridgewater College and Radford University. He earnedMason Dixon All Conference laurles for three years and was named honorable mention small college All –America and Virginia Small College Player of the Year.

Flora was inducted into Bridgewater’s Hall of Fame in2001.

Flora served his professional career in Franklin County Public Schools as Director of Special Education, Special Education Director of the Year. Class of 1967.

Gary Gilmore participated in baseball, football and basketball. In 1973, he was second team All-Metro quarterback and honorable mention All Timesland.

Gilmore was the 1976 Timesland Player of the Year in baseball with a 0.78 earned run average, .313 batting average, participated in the inaugural Virginia High School Coaches Association All- Star Game 1976.

Gilmore attended East Tennessee State, Ferrum College and Coastal Carolina. In 1980 at Coastal Carolina, he hit .386 with seven home runs and 34 stolen bases.

Gilmore is enshrined inhe Ferrum, University of South Carolina-Aiken and Salem-Roanoke Baseball halls of fame.

Gilmore is a two-time American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Atlantic Coach of the Year, nine-time Big South Coach of the Year, Sun Belt Coach of the Year in 2018 and National Coach of the Year in 2016.

Gilmore has recorded the eighth most wins in the NCAA play since 2000 with 886 victories.

Gilmore’s 1,100 career win was the Chanticleers’ national championship game triumph over Arizona in the 2016 College World Series, played in Omaha, Nebraska, 4-3.

Gilmore’s record as a head coach is 1,216 wins, 604 losses and 4 ties. He is within the top 10 of Division 1 coaches in winning percentage. Class of 1976.

Andre’ L. Levisy participated in football, basketball and baseball at Franklin County and earned varsity letters in basketball and baseball.

Attended Averett University and Ferrum and played basketball for the Cougars and the Panthers. He holds five Ferrum program records, including single-game points (47)

Levisy scored 1,027 points at Ferrum and earned all-conference first-team honors in 1989.

Levisy serves as an official on the high school and collegiate levels in basketball and continues to officiate high school sports.

He has held a qualified mental health professional designation for 11 years and has successfully started Therapeutic Day Treatment Services for Roanoke County, Roanoke City and Franklin County. Class of 1985.

Abe Naff played baseball and football andarned all-district honors and most athletic laurels.

Naff was the starting catcher on the Eagles’ 1977 squad that lost to Kempsville in the Group AAA state championship game, which was played in Rocky Mount.

Naff attended Lynchburg College where he earned All-ODAC honors in 1980 and 1981. He played for teams steered by the late Gerald Thomas.

Several career milestone coaching wins came at the expense of his alma mater.

Naff coached baseball at Ferrum from 1985-2007, closing out his career with a 643-236-3 record.

His final game as head coach was an extra-innings setback to Emory (Georgia) University in the championship game of the NCAA Division III South Region baseball tournament, played on W.B. Adams Field, the Panthers’ home diamond.

Naff led Ferrum to 10 USA South Athletic Conference baseball titles, and 10 NCAA Division III playoff appearances, and achieved a career winning percentage of .730

Naff was voted Virginia Small College Coach of the Year five times and USA South Athletic Conference Coach of the Year four times,

Naff is a member of the Lynchburg, Ferrum USA South, and Salem- Roanoke Baseball halls of fame.

Naff served as athletic director at Ferrum from 2004 to 2019 and hired all of the Panthers’ current head coaches. Class of 1978.

Noel Price Pinckard played varsity football for three years, played varsity basketball for two years, voted most athletic in 1958, awarded best back award in 1953 and 1957. He was selected Mr. Football in 1957.

He pitched a no-hitter against Bedford in 1958.

He attended attended Virginia Military Institute and Ball State University.

Pinckard joined the United States Air Force and served in various military assignments; he retired with the rank of Lt. Colonel.

He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Gallantry Cross, Vietnam Campaign Medal. Class of 1958.

Carlton DeMoss Price participated in football, basketball and baseball, lettered in 11 of 12 possible sports, earned all-district honors and all region honors in football and baseball, Mr. Football, Class of 1959.

He attended Virginia Tech, where he played baseball his sophomore, junior and senior years.

He joined the Naval Reserves at age 19 and later entered the Army and served as an infantry officer in Europe and Asia. Class of 1959.

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