RICHMOND, Va. – VCU Athletics will induct late Rams’ Baseball Coach Paul Keyes and five former student-athletes into its Hall of Fame in February.
Joining Keyes in the 2018 class will be Women’s Basketball’s Quanitra Hollingsworth, Men’s Basketball’s Domonic Jones, Field Hockey’s Alycia Yoder Wood, Women’s Soccer’s Sandra Anger Matute and Men’s Tennis’ Frank Moser. They will be officially inducted in a ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 and will be honored later that evening at VCU’s Men’s Basketball contest with Dayton.
Keyes, who led the program to a school-record 603 wins and eight NCAA Tournament appearances in 18 seasons, passed away in 2012 following a battle with cancer.
Serving as VCU head coach from 1995-2012, as well as an assistant for the Rams from 1985-91, Keyes was a four-time Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year. Thirty-seven of his VCU players later signed pro contracts, including longtime Detroit Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge. Under his watch, VCU captured eight CAA regular season championships and five tournament titles. His teams won 40 or more games four times.
Hollingsworth was a trailblazer from Day One at VCU. A gifted student, the Chesapeake, Va. native skipped two grades in middle school and signed with VCU when she was just 15 years old. She made her VCU debut just days after her 17th birthday. Hollingsworth, was the nation’s youngest player in 2005-06 and averaged 14.7 points and 11.1 rebounds that season on the way to the CAA’s Rookie of the Year award.
She would later lead the Rams to 26 wins and their first NCAA berth in 2008-09. Hollingsworth piled up four All-CAA honors and two All-Defensive Team nods in her career. She currently ranks third in school history in points (1,604), second in rebounds (1,114), third in blocked shots (162) and second in double-doubles (55). Hollingsworth was later named to the CAA’s Silver Anniversary Team.
In 2009, the Minnesota Lynx made Hollingsworth the No. 9 overall pick in the WNBA Draft. She played five seasons in the WNBA and continues to play professionally in Europe. Hollingsworth, who owns dual citizenship, competed for Turkey in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Jones helped usher in the rise of the VCU Men’s Basketball program. A two-time All-CAA First Team selection, Jones ranks ninth in school history with 1,616 points.
In 2004, Jones averaged 16.3 points and 4.4 rebounds and was named CAA Player of the Year for his efforts. That March, Jones led the Rams to their first conference championship in eight years and was named CAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player. He was later named All-America Honorable Mention and NABC All-District First Team.
Yoder Wood left an indelible mark on the VCU Field Hockey program in just three seasons (1991-93). During that period, Yoder piled up 38 goals and 97 points, which were program records at that time.
In 1992, she set a school record with 17 goals and 42 points as VCU won a program-best 16 games, a record that still stands. She was twice selected All-CAA First Team and All-South Region (1992, 1993), and in 1993 she became the first VCU Field Hockey player named All-America when she received a third team citation.
Moser is one the most decorated players in the illustrious history of VCU Men’s Tennis. A two-time ITA All-American, Moser forged a 34-11 singles record in 1999-2000 and helped lead VCU to the NCAA Championship Match that season.
In three seasons, Moser won 68 singles and 57 doubles matches. He qualified for the NCAA Doubles Championship three times and received an invitation to the singles tournament in 2000. Moser also captured the 2000 T. Rowe Price National Clay Court Doubles Championship, the first ITA Grand Slam doubles crown in VCU history.
Moser, who rose to as high as second nationally in singles and fifth in doubles during his VCU career, was named 2001 CAA Player of the Year and led VCU to three conference championships. He was named to the CAA’s Silver Anniversary Team in 2010.
Anger Matute led the VCU Women’s Soccer program through its most-successful era from 2002-05. The 2004 CAA Player of the Year, Anger Matute steered VCU to the conference’s tournament championship that season. Anger Matute and VCU also appeared in CAA title matches in 2003 and 2005. In 2005, she was named NSCAA/Adidas Third Team All-America. Anger Matute also earned a pair of All-Region honors and four All-CAA awards.
VCU made its first two NCAA Tournament appearances (2004, 2005) during her tenure. She also scored a goal and helped lift the Rams to their first NCAA victory, a 3-1 triumph over Clemson, in 2005.
The 2018 VCU Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is open to the public and will be held on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $40 and will go on sale on Dec. 1.