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July 11, 2014

Giles' Ragsdale to be inducted into Va. hall of fame

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A man who coached Giles High School to state football championships in three different decades is among eight individuals named on Friday for induction into the Virginia High School Hall of Fame.

Steve Ragsdale, the Spartans’ head football coach for 31 years, claimed Division 2 state titles in 1993 and 2005 and a Group AA title in 1980.

He became the head coach in 1978 and, employing his single-wing offense, compiled a 255-89-2 record that included 15 district championships and 10 regional championships.

A 1969 graduate of Narrows High School, he was a four-year letter-winner in basketball at Roanoke College, where he was a starter on the Maroons’ 1971-72 national championship team.

Friday’s announcement was made by the Virginia High School League.

Other coaches being inducted are Marie Crump of Powhatan, Stan Morgan of Midlothian and Rich Serbay of James Monroe.

Being inducted as contributors are Mary Kay Downes of Chantilly High School; Wylie French, who worked with four Virginia high schools; Cecil Hurst of the Cardinal Basketball Officials Association; and Linda Mercer of Halifax County High School.

The 25th Hall of Fame induction dinner will be held on Wednesday, October 15, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Charlottesville.

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