Washington, DC – The University of the District of Columbia will induct the 8th Athletics Hall of Fame class on Friday, February 15, 2019. The celebration will be held in the University's Student Center ballroom, beginning with a reception at 6:00 p.m. The dinner and induction ceremony will start at 7:00 p.m.
The accomplished 2019 honorees are:
Lester "Jay" Butler – Former University of the District of Columbia Head Women's Basketball Coach, who amassed 177 wins during 11 seasons. Butler won two Independent Collegiate (ICAA) championships, one East Coast Conference Championship, and an East Coast Conference regular season championship. Butler led the Firebirds in four NCAA Championship appearances. In addition, Butler coached five student-athletes who achieved 1,000 career point milestones, the 2010 NCAA Division II rebound leader, Lillian McGill, and two Reslyn W. Henley Award winners. Currently, Butler is head men's basketball coach at his alma mater, Virginia Union University.
Anthony D. Cade – A four-year starter on the University of the District of Columbia football team from 1974-1979, Cade was a spectacular defensive end. As a junior, Cade had 42 solo tackles and six quarterback sacks. As a defensive lineman during his senior year, Cade had four quarterback sacks, leading the Firebirds to victory over the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. A graduate of the David A. Clarke School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia, Cade has practiced law in the District of Columbia for over 20 years.
William E. Chesley – A graduate of Federal City College, Chesley was a 3-year starter on the football team who played both offensive guard and defensive end positions during his junior and senior years. He was an honorable mention small college All-American, and was team captain and most outstanding player as a junior. Chesley currently serves as Deputy Director of the Alexandria, Virginia, Department of Recreation and Parks, and is a member of the historic Pigskin Club of Washington, D.C.
Donald J. Fugel – A graduate of the District of Columbia Teachers College, Fugel was a member of the basketball team. He averaged 22 points and 12 rebounds during his senior year. Fugel taught physical education in the District of Columbia Public Schools and coached boys basketball for seven years. CBS anchorman James Brown and All-Americans Adrian Dantley, Kermit Washington, and Donald Washington were student-athletes under Fugel's leadership.
Barrington D. Scott – Scott was cocaptain of the last Federal City College Panther football team, and was a cocaptain of the inaugural University of the District of Columbia team. A 1979-80 All-American honorable mention, Scott was awarded best offensive player. Scott is a member of several national organizations and is the recipient of numerous awards, such as the Calvin Coolidge Alumni Association Founders Humanitarian Award, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences' Award for Supporting Education, and the Kappa Alpha Psi Eastern Province Council Brother of the Year. Scott currently serves as a member of the University of the District of Columbia Board of Trustees.
Amadou Gallo Fall –A 1997 magna cum laude graduate of the University of the District of Columbia, Gallo Fall was a member of the men's basketball team under the legendary George Leftwich. At 6'8", he is noted for blocking Georgetown's Dikembe Mutombo in a 1989 match-up. Gallo Fall averaged 12 points and seven rebounds that season. He was the team's second leading scorer during the 1990 season. A broken hand during senior year derailed his dreams of playing in the NBA. Instead, Gallo Fall served as Director of Player Personnel for the Dallas Mavericks. Since 2010 he has served as NBA Vice President and Managing Director for Africa. Gallo Fall founded the SEED project, a business model that integrates sport and education, and serves as a gateway for African students to attend colleges and universities in the United States. He hosted the first NBA Africa basketball game in 2015, received the 2017 African Leader in Sport Award, and recently was honored at the Annual Giants of Africa – Raptors gala in Toronto. Amadou Gallo Fall was selected by the Hall of Fame Committee for the 2019 class, however due to his extensive travel schedule and NBA commitments, he will be inducted and receive his medal during the 2020 Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony.
Established during the 160th Anniversary of the University of the District of Columbia, the Athletics Hall of Fame honors outstanding individuals and recognizes the University's rich history of intercollegiate athletics, which began in the early 1900s when students attending Miner Teachers College competed in basketball and tennis. Athletics Hall of Fame inductees have significantly contributed to the athletic success and history of the University and its predecessor institutions.
For more information and to register to attend the 2019 University of the District of Columbia Athletics Hall of Fame, please visit us on the web at http://www.udcfirebirds.com/Athletic_Hall_of_Fame.