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Former Tribe Mentor Debbie Hill Elected to W&M Athletics Hall of Fame
Updated: Monday 11/26/2013 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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When Debbie Hill walked away from the team bench after the 2007 season, she was an icon in the sport of volleyball beyond the Williamsburg campus and this spring she will take her place among the greats in Tribe history when she is inducted into the William and Mary Athletics Hall of Fame.

The Class of 2014 consists of 10 former Tribe legends, including Ashleigh Akens Rabe '94 (Women's Basketball), David Corley, Jr. '03 (Football), Ann Ekberg Saunders '03 (Field Hockey), Debbie Hill (Head Volleyball Coach), Tracey Leinbach '81 (Women's Golf), Carrie Moore '99 (Women's Soccer), Billy Owens '95 (Men's Soccer), Lisa Rayner '96 (Women's Track and Field), Trevor Spracklin '01 (Men's Tennis), and Dan Stimson (Director of Track and Field/Cross Country).

The event is scheduled to take place April 12, 2014 at the Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center.  Please contact Meagan Bedsaul in the Tribe Club's Special events office for more information at either 757-221-3365 or

Hill was one of the "founding mothers" of the modern women's athletic program at W&M, coaching the Tribe volleyball team for 30 years.  She was a five-time CAA Coach of the Year, and led W&M to a 587-413 record in that span.  Her accomplishments included seven-straight CAA Championships from 1985-91, and a 56-match conference-winning streak during that span.  

She also added an eighth CAA title in 2001, and played in the NCAA Tournament for the first time that season.  Hill's teams eclipsed 20 wins 12 times, and made the NIVC (NIT tournament for volleyball) in 1989, 1990, and 1991.

Her players' individual accomplishments include five all-region selections and 71 All-CAA honors.  Four players were named CAA Player of the Year seven times, and other honors included three CAA Rookies of the Year and four Defensive Players of the Year.

W&M Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2014
Ashleigh Akens Rabe
Class of 1994
David Corley, Jr.
Class of 2003
Ann Ekberg Saunders
Class of 2003
Field Hockey
Debbie Hill

Tracey Leinbach
Class of 1981
Carrie Moore
Class of 1999
Billy Owens
Class of 1995
Lisa Rayner
Class of 1996
Track and Field
Trevor Spracklin
Class of 2001
Dan Stimson


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