West Virginia Wesleyan College has announced the addition of six new members to the Athletics Hall of Fame in the Class of 2020. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Thursday October 1, as part of the on-campus Homecoming festivities.
The Class of 2020
John “Nick” DiPietro ’67 (Football and Track & Field) *Veteran
- 1964, 1965 All-WVIAC
- Led WVIAC in rushing yards (732) in 1965
- Ranks 14th all-time in WVWC rushing yards (1,451)
Upon graduation, Dipietro served in the U.S. Army as a military police officer. After serving, he received interest from professional teams including the Oakland Raiders, Boston Patriots, and Wheeling Ironmen. Dipietro played for the Virginia Sailors of the Atlantic Coast Football League, an affiliate team of the Washington Redskins.
John Esposito ’69 (Men’s Soccer) *Veteran
- Member of two WVIAC championship teams (1965, 1966)
- 1968 All-WVIAC
Esposito continued to play professional soccer after graduation from West Virginia Wesleyan.
Lisa Thompson-Carter ’95 (Softball)
- WVIAC Pitcher of the Year in 1992 and 1994
- Career W-L record of 52-13
- Career 1.43 ERA
A right-handed pitcher from Ripley, WV, Thompson-Carter was the first dominating pitcher that West Virginia Wesleyan ever had in the circle.
Ian Burgess ’95 (Men’s Soccer)
- Four-time All-WVIAC selection
- 1994 WVIAC Player of the Year
- 1994 NAIA and NSCAA All-American selection
- 1994 NAIA All-Tournament Team
- 1994 National Champion
- Three-time WVIAC Champion
- 1995 Umbro Senior Bowl participant
- Career Statistics: 25 goals, 35 assists
Burgess was one of the best players on some of the best teams in West Virginia Wesleyan history, winning three conference championships, and captaining the Bobcats to the 1994 NAIA National Championship.
Scott Gasper ’99 (Football)
- Holds nine West Virginia Wesleyan passing records at Quarterback
- 1998 All-WVIAC selection
- Finished 7th in NCAA Career Passing Rating
- 1995 WVIAC Champion
Gasper continued his playing career after graduation, playing for the Norfolk Nighthawks and Rochester Brigade in the Arena Football League, and the Orebro Black Knights in Sweden. He is currently on-staff with the West Virginia University Mountaineers as the Offensive Recruiting Coordinator.
He has previous stops as the Director of Player Personnel at Indiana University, Quarterbacks Coach at East Mississippi Community College, multiple coaching positions at Seton Hill, Bethany College, St. Joseph’s College, and served as the Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers Coach at West Virginia Wesleyan in 1999-2000.
Stephanie Hatfield-McCollam ’06 (Track & Field and Cross Country)
- Four-time All-WVIAC in Cross Country
- Five-time WVIAC Champion
- Holds 10,000-meter record at West Virginia Wesleyan
- Holds 3,000, 5,000, and 10,000-meter records for the WVIAC
- Academic All-American
Hatfield-McCollam is one of only five women in West Virginia Wesleyan history to be named all-conference in all four years of competition.