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To the Class of 2021, With Love from Coach


Written by Alexis Barton

As graduation is rapidly approaching, a few of our coaches wanted to wish their graduating seniors one final goodbye. Here are some messages for the Class of 2021!

Men’s Basketball, Coach Clay Nunley: “Max has been an impactful teammate and important member of our basketball program for the past four seasons.  He is someone who is not only fun to be around, but who cares wholeheartedly for each one of his team members and takes immense pride in being a part of our basketball program and the responsibility that comes with it.  His energy and infectious personality will be missed next year!  Thanks for all you’ve done for all of us, Max!”

Women’s Basketball, Coach Carla Flaherty: “To Megan, Tina, Kayla, and Jayla – Thank you for a tremendous four years.  Beyond being instrumental and transformational for the women’s basketball program you are all wonderful, funny, and bright young women.  THANK YOU for an amazing four years – you have set a standard for our program with your work ethic, love for your teammates, and desire to win.  I know you will have tremendous success in your next endeavors and I can’t wait to see where your paths take you”  

Field Hockey, Coach Briana Banks: “It is with complete happiness and sadness for my seniors to have their hockey and academic careers come to an end at Roanoke College.  It was such a great pleasure to have had the opportunity to coach them over the past four years!  Their growth and development as players and as mature, young women is extremely remarkable!  I am beyond proud of every single one of them and their accomplishments at RC!  I look forward to seeing what the future will bring to each of them!  Thank you Ladies, RCFH family loves you!!!”

Golf, Coach Richard Waggoner: “Thank you guys for all your work and leadership as we look to continue to grow the golf program. I am very thankful for all you did and wish you the best in your future endeavors. Even though you are leaving to embark on your professional careers, I hope that you will always have a special place in your hearts and lives for Roanoke College and our golf team. Best of luck and Go Maroons!”

Women’s Soccer, Coach Phil Benne: “This group of seniors displayed great leadership and commitment to the program.  They were instrumental in our success resulting in an overall 4 year record of 38-22-8 and ODAC record of 25-9-4. They will all go on to do great things after their Roanoke College years”

Track & Field, Coach Eugene Galloway: “Thank you for your dedication and perseverance in making it to the finish line through these crazy four years.  As always, finish what you start and never give up!”

Men’s Lacrosse, Coach Bill Pilat: “Thank you to the seniors of the men’s lacrosse team for the past four years.  We had many great wins and some tough defeats but through it all you stayed “together” even through the past two years dealing with the pandemic.  You provided great leadership to the younger teammates and to your peers.  The program is in great hands through the work you have done to demand effort, enthusiasm and excellence.  Your mark on the men’s lacrosse program is meaningful and will pave the way for years of lacrosse excellence at Roanoke College”