Nine outstanding contributors to Mountaineer athletics make up the 29th class of honorees in the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame, announced Saturday by WVU Director of Athletics Shane Lyons.
The 2019 class includes Meg Bulger (women’s basketball), Steve Dunlap (football), Greg Jones (wrestling), Vertus Jones (wrestling), Darryl Prue (men’s basketball), Lisa Stoia (women’s soccer), John Thornton (football), Dr. Stefan Thynell (rifle) and Pete White (men’s basketball/track & field).
Induction ceremonies will take place Saturday, Sept. 14, prior to the West Virginia-NC State football game. This class brings the total number of inductees to 197.
Here are capsules of the honorees.
n Meg Bulger completed her WVU women’s basketball career in 2008 as a four-year letter winner, team captain, All-America honorable mention and All-Big East honoree. The Pittsburgh native was regarded as one of the premier players at WVU and within the Big East Conference during her time as a Mountaineer.
In 2004-05, Bulger became the first Mountaineer, male or female, to win the Big East scoring title, averaging 18.6 points per game and 19.6 points per game overall. Her 663 points ranked fourth all-time in single-season scoring history.
Bulger joins her brother, Marc (2010 inductee), and her sister, Kate (2018 inductee), in the WVU Sports Hall of Fame.
n Steve Dunlap lettered three years as a linebacker from 1973-75, playing for coach Bobby Bowden. He helped lead the Mountaineers to a 19-15 record, including a 9-3 mark in 1975 and a 13-10 win over NC State in the Peach Bowl.
The native of Hurricane, he compiled 359 total tackles, a school record at the time. He set the school records for most tackles in a season (190) and tackles in a game (28).
Following his playing days, Dunlap embarked on a 35-year coaching career, including stops at WVU, Navy, Marshall, Syracuse and NC State. He coached in 21 bowl games, including 18 at West Virginia, which included two national championship games (the 1989 Fiesta Bowl and the 1993 Sugar Bowl).
n Greg Jones is WVU’s all-time leader in wins and is the Mountaineers’ only three-time NCAA champion during his wrestling career from 2001-05. Posting a career record of 126-4, Jones won the NCAA championship as a freshman in 2002 at 174 pounds, as a junior in 2004 at 184 pounds and as a senior in 2005 at 184 pounds. With three NCAA individual championships, Jones became the 39h wrestler in NCAA history to win three national championships, the 20th wrestler to win titles at two different weight classes and the 10th wrestler to win a national title as a freshman.
Jones is the only West Virginia wrestler to post an undefeated season, doing it in 2004 with a record of 26-0 and once again in 2005, posting a mark of 25-0. He ended his career on a 51-match win streak.
Following his collegiate wrestling career, Jones served as an assistant coach and associate head coach at WVU for nine seasons. Since 2014, Jones has been one of the top wrestling coaches in MMA training.
He and his brother, Vertus, become the second set of siblings to be inducted into the WVU Sports Hall of Fame, joining Marc, Kate and Meg Bulger.
n Vertus Jones became the Mountaineers’ first three-time wrestling All-American and first four-time Eastern Wrestling League champion during his outstanding career from 1997-2000.
A two-time NCAA runner-up, Jones posted a stellar 30-2 record as a senior in 2000 at 184 pounds, setting the all-time West Virginia consecutive wins mark at 24. He earned his final All-America honor with a second-place finish at the 2000 NCAA Championships in St. Louis.
n Darryl Prue was one of the top forwards in the Atlantic 10 Conference from 1986-89, earning Atlantic 10 first-team honors in 1989. During his career, the Mountaineers posted an 89-38 record with three NCAA Tournament appearances and one NIT.
The Washington native scored 1,426 points during his career, which currently ranks 20th all-time. Prue still ranks second in career field goal percentage (55.8) and 11th in career rebounds (865).
On the defensive end, Prue left WVU second in all-time career steals with 230 (now ranks fourth) and tied a then-school record with nine steals in a game against George Mason in 1986. He departed WVU as the Mountaineers’ leader in all-time minutes played with 3,788 (now ranks sixth).
Prue is currently the boys basketball coach at T.C. Williams High in Alexandria, Virginia.
n A dynamic performer in the midfield from 2000-03, Lisa Stoia earned Big East Midfielder of the Year honors in 2002 for her efforts in leading West Virginia to its first regular-season championship. She also assisted on 10 of West Virginia’s record-breaking 53 goals in 2003, tying her with Katie Barnes for the season record. Stoia was a NSCAA/adidas and Soccer Buzz second team All-American in 2002 as a junior.
In 2003, Stoia earned first-team All-America honors from Soccer Buzz and the NSCAA. She was captain of the 2003 WVU squad.
Stoia played three seasons of professional soccer. She returned to her college alma mater in 2007 as a full-time member of coach Nikki Izzo-Brown’s staff.
n One of the strongest defensive tackles in school history, John Thornton was a four-year starter with 41 consecutive starts from 1995-98. A two-time All-Big East selection from Philadelphia, Thornton finished with 45 tackles in 1998, including a season-high 10 tackles against Maryland. He led the team with eight quarterback pressures and posted seven tackles for loss with four sacks.
Thornton played in three bowl games at WVU and was a member of WVU’s top-ranked defense in the country in 1996 that led the nation in total defense at 223.4 yards per game.
He finished his Mountaineer career with 162 tackles. Thornton was drafted in 1999 by the Tennessee Titans as the 52nd pick overall (second round) and had a 10-year career in the NFL.
n Dr. Stefan Thynell was the first six-time All-American in school history and the first shooter to earn two All-America honors in the same season during his career from 1976-80.
A native of Sweden, Thynell established a new standard for collegiate competition for the smallbore full course competition in 1979 with an 1178 out of a possible 1200. He topped that mark with an 1181, the highest score in the history of smallbore match in January 1980.
Thynell broke that record with an 1187 at the NCAA Rifle Championships in April 1980, a mark that stood until 2002. He also held the NCAA mark for the top smallbore score in the standing position in team competition with a 389 until it was broken in 2000.
Thynell earned All-America honors in 1977 and 1978 before capturing All-America honors in air rifle and smallbore in both 1979 and 1980.
Thynell was a two-time member of the Swedish Olympic Team.
n Pete White was a standout men’s basketball player from 1952-55, playing for coaches Red Brown and Fred Schaus and alongside the likes of All-Americans Mark Workman and Hot Rod Hundley.
White, a native of Clendenin, served as captain of the 1954-55 basketball team, the first of Schaus’ six years as a head coach and first NCAA tournament team at WVU. He played in 70 varsity games, scoring 746 points (10.7 average) and grabbing 561 rebounds.
White also competed in track at West Virginia in the high jump and long jump.
White and his wife, Jo, have two children, Anne White, who attended USC and became a nationally ranked professional tennis player, and son Brad, a graduate of Vanderbilt and captain of the lacrosse team. Anne was recently inducted into the Western United States Pro Tennis Hall of Fame.