Hokies Announce Hall of Fame Class of 2024

by Panchito Ojeda

Blacksburg, VA - The Hokies are proud to announce the Hall of Fame class for 2024. It includes some legendary figures in Virginia Tech lacrosse history over many years.  Congratulations to all who have been selected to the Hall of Fame.  We will celebrate their induction at our alumni event on March 23, 2024. We would encourage all VT alums and families to join us.

Bryan Cooper ( '17)Bryan Cooper, an exceptional Virginia Tech Lacrosse alumnus and Class of 2017, has truly made his mark as a fierce competitor and accomplished team member. Throughout his collegiate career, Bryan consistently showcased his skills as a talented goalie, earning multiple accolades including 1st Team All-Conference Goalie, All-Tournament Goalie, 2nd Team All-America Goalie, and two-time Defensive Tournament MVP. Acknowledged by his peers, Bryan was rookie of the year, two-time team MVP, and two-time recipient of the team Dedication award. Serving as an officer and co-captain for three years, including a two-year term as president, Bryan amassed an impressive 53 games played, 503 total saves, and a career save percentage of 66%. Today, he continues to support the VT lacrosse community as a member of the VT Men's Lacrosse Board of Advisors, further demonstrating his unwavering commitment to the sport and the team.
Dave Cooper ('83)Dave Cooper, a distinguished Virginia Tech Lacrosse alumnus and Class of 1983, is being recognized for his outstanding contributions to the sport as both a player and a persistent supporter. As a team leader, two-time co-captain, and two-time club President, Cooper was renowned for being a standout two-way midfielder and an incredibly well-rounded athlete, boasting 20+ goals and assists in both his junior and senior years. With an unwavering dedication to the program, Cooper has provided ongoing financial and spiritual support as a proud alum, attending SELCs and following the team as a devoted fan throughout his time in Atlanta and beyond.
Peck Miller ('79)Peck's love for lacrosse began early in his middle school days. As a teenager he worked part time doing R&D for STX "helping design and develop a new type of lacrosse stick pocket, the new mesh pocket" After joining the Club team Peck always felt grateful for the support Coach Kim Flint gave him, in spite of showing up to campus on crutches.  Peck played crease attack and managed to be the leading goal score at Tech in large part because of the great assists from his talented teammates.  In his final year '79, Peck was a player-coach and was instrumental in developing VT's 1st Alumni Lacrosse weekend.  For at least 15 years, he participating in planning Alumni weekends and supported the club by printing and selling unique Alumni lax t-shirts. His experience at VT could not have been better.
Bob Knight ('77)

Bob arrived in Blacksburg in the fall of 1973, and considered trying out for the soccer team, an equally favorite sport. He had no idea that there was a Hokie Lax team. Concerns regarding entering a demanding Engineering program scuttled his soccer pursuits. Later in the fall, his good friend Peck Miller mentioned that he saw some guys practicing lacrosse on a rutted field. Not only that, Peck indicated, “they actually have a Lacrosse team here, and judging by what I saw, I think we could make this team”. Bob (and Peck) did make the team, and Bob played first midfield for all 4 years (1973-1977), and was named team captain for the last 2 years. Bob’s accomplishments for at least one, or multiple years, included most team ground balls, most goals by midfielder, and most assists by midfielder. Bob was coached by Kim Flint for 2 years, then by Joel Nachlas for his last 2 years. Bob received his BS in Civil Engineering in 1977 and a MS in Structural Engineering in 1979, both from VA Tech.

Tim Tyrell ('08)Tim Tyrell, Class of 2008, was the nucleus of the offense during his time playing lacrosse at Virginia Tech.  It was capped off by amassing 77 points in 14 games his senior year (39 Goals and 38 Assists - 5.5 PPG).  His game had no weaknesses and he was as balanced a player you will find.  Tim was the ultimate playmaker and made everyone around him better with his unmatched vision and feed first mentality.  Tim was named Team MVP (2008), 3rd Team All American (2008), 1st Team All SELC (2006, 2008) and named to the SELC 25th Anniversary Team.  Tim always led by example and played a key role in elevating Virginia Tech Lacrosse to the next level.

Chris McCardell ('06)Chris McCardell was a dominant defenseman and LSM who’s aggressive style, speed, and ability to lockdown an opponent’s best attackman made him one of the best and most dynamic players to come through the Hokie’s program.  His stellar play earned him All-American and ALL-SELC honors in multiple years, in addition to being named to the SELC’s 25th anniversary team and the SELC’s HoF.

Steve Mollenkopf ('92)Steve Mollenkopf played at Virginia Tech from 1987 – 1991. He was a 3 year starter as a middie and was a field general and leader for the team on and off the field. Steve’s size and ability to move with, and without the ball made him a deadly weapon on offense. He was unselfish, and had vision of the field better than most. He could distribute the ball quickly to clear and move into an offensive position, pass with precision and speed as well as knowing when to take it directly to the goal and fire a blistering shot with a high degree of success. Steve knew when to raise his voice to encourage his teammates and drive behavior, but he mostly lead by example. His workman-like attitude and his sportsmanship are what set him apart. He had the respect of his teammates, coaches, and competitors alike.  Steve graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from Va Tech, went on to earn a Masters at U of Michigan and had a long distinguished career with Qualcomm Technologies culminating as President and Chief Executive  Officer for his last 7 years before retiring from Qualcomm.

Drew Enstice ('02)We recognize Class of 2002 and distinguished Virginia Tech Lacrosse alumnus Drew Enstice for his outstanding contributions as a player and a teammate.  Drew is the consummate Virginia Tech Lacrosse player, dedicated to success through hard work, leadership, positivity, conscience, competitive spirit and athletic ability.   Smothering on close defense and a scoring threat from the clear or unsettled situation, Drew won numerous accolades including SELC 1st Team All-Conference, USLIA-MDIA All-American, and was named to the SELC Tournament Team twice.  Serving as Team Captain for 2 years and winning the Dick Dart Unsung Hero award twice, Drew was a Virginia Tech Lacrosse leader both on and off the field as well as a friend to every teammate.