Jason Lutz - 2002
Jason Lutz turned in one of the best seasons in Bridgewater football history as the record-setting quarterback led the Eagles to the 2001 Stagg Bowl – the Division III National Championship game.
As a junior. Lutz was a first-team All-ODAC selection at quarterback and led the Eagles to the program’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division III playoffs.
During his senior season Lutz earned numerous postseason accolades while leading the team on its historic run to the Stagg Bowl where the Eagles lost 30-27 to national power Mount Union.
Lutz was the 2001 ODAC Player of the Year, the VaSID State Player of the Year, an honorable mention All-America selection on the D3football.com and Hewlett Packard teams and a third team pick on the Football Gazette All-America squad.
Lutz graduated as the program’s leader in career rushing touchdowns (39), career pass completions (429), career passing yards (6,327), career passing touchdowns (59) and career total offense (8,762 yards).
After graduating with a degree in Health and Exercise Science, Lutz was an assistant high school football coach for 10 years. He also was an assistant women’s basketball coach at Eastern Mennonite University. Lutz then transitioned to a successful career in the private sector.
In recognition of his outstanding play as quarterback of the Eagles football team, Jason Lutz is deserving of induction into the Bridgewater College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Kyle Williford - 2002
Kyle Willford ended his basketball playing career at Bridgewater College as one of the most decorated players in program history.
Williford was the ODAC Freshman of the Year and the Columbus Multimedia National Freshman of the Year in 1999.
He was a first-team All-ODAC selection the next three season. As a junior, in addition to the All-ODAC honor, Willfiord was a first-team NABC All-Region selection, a second-team NABC All-America pick and a fourth-team D3hoops.com All-America selection.
Following his senior season, Williford was named the ODAC Player of the Year while earning his second straight NABC first-team All-Region nod. He was a consensus All-American, earning first-team recognition on the NABC, D3hoops.com and the D-III News All-America teams. Williford also set a Bridgewater single-game scoring record with a 56-point effort against Roanoke College.
Williford ranks No. 3 on the Bridgewater career scoring list with 1,927 points. He is No. 5 all-time in rebounds with 909 and No. 1 all-time in blocked shots with 193.
Williford played one season of professional basketball in Germany before entering the business world where he is currently vice-president of sales for Global Knowledge.
In recognition of his outstanding basketball career, Kyle Williford is deserving of recognition into the Bridgewater College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Jennifer Young – 1998
Jennifer Young finished her basketball career as one of the top scorers and shooters in Bridgewater women’s basketball history.
Young was a three-time All-ODAC performer, earning second-team honors as a sophomore and junior before moving up the first team as a senior. She was also a first team All-State selection and an honorable mention All-American pick following her 1997-98 season.
Young helped lead the Eagles to their first NCAA tournament appearance in 1996-97 and a year later she helped the Eagles reach the NCAA tournament Round of 16.
Young ranks third all-time in career points at Bridgewater with 1,572 and averaged 14.7 points per game during her four seasons. Young set the record for 3-pointers made in a season with 176 and still ranks No. 2 in that category. She also holds the career record for 3-point shooting percentage with a 40.8 percent mark. During her career, Young set Bridgewater season records for points with 495 and 3-point shooting accuracy at 47.2 percent.
Following graduation Young embarked on a career in education and has been a teacher and coach. During her 11 seasons as a coach she led her girls’ basketball team to a pair of state final four appearances while her tennis team won back-to-back conference tennis titles.
In recognition of her outstanding basketball career and her dedication as a high school teacher and coach, Bridgewater College is proud to induct Jennifer Young into its Athletic Hall of Fame.
Charles Fairchilds – 1970
Charlie Fairchilds was an outstanding distance runner during his career at Bridgewater College for the legendary coach, Dr. Harry GM “Doc” Jopson.
Fairchilds was an integral part of the 1967, 1968 and 1969 Virginia Small College championship cross country teams and track teams. He set school records in the 880 and 1000 yard races and the mile relay. He was the Virginia Small College 880 champion in 1968 and 1969 and was part of the Mason-Dixon championship mile relay team in 1968. Fairchilds also established a Virginia Small College record in the 880 of 1:55.7 in 1969 that stood for 14 years.
While Doc Jopson was on a sabbatical leave, Charlie and his brother, Vern Fairchilds, coached the Bridgewater College 1970 cross country team to a Virginia Small College championship and a second-place finish in the Mason-Dixon Conference. Doug Coleman, another Hall of Fame member, won both of those races that year.
After graduating cum laude with a BA in Economics, Fairchilds graduated from the University of Virginia Darden School with an MBA. He was previously employed as the President of Allied Ready Mix Company and has served on the board of directors at Community Bank, Staunton, VA and City Holding Company, Cross Lanes, W.Va. Fairchilds has also been active in his community, serving as the president of the Waynesboro-East Augusta Chamber of Commerce and the Waynesboro Family YMCA.
In recognition of his outstanding career as a student and athlete, Charlie Fairchilds is deserving of induction into the Bridgewater College Athletic hall of Fame.