Two men from Southwest Virginia will be joining the Virginia High School Hall of Fame.
Former Jefferson Forest standout athlete Anthony Poindexter and E.C. Glass coach Chip Berry will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in October. Five other people from around the state Mike Milchin (J.R. Tucker), George Lancaster, Jr. (Highland Springs), Jim Woodson (Powhatan), Cindy Bomboske (Monacan), and John Williams (Ocean Lakes) are the other members of the Class of 2013.
Poindexter was a three-sport star at Jefferson Forest. He was named the Group AA Player of the Year in 1993 as a quarterback and safety for JF’s football team.
Poindexter went on to play at the University of Virginia, and then spent three years in the NFL. He is now a coach at UVA.
Berry led the E.C. Glass boys soccer team to 12 district titles between 1981 and 2008. He was recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as Virginia’s Coach of the Year in 2006. He has been the athletic director at E.C. Glass since 2005.
The induction dinner will be held Oct. 14 in Charlottesville.
The biographies of Poindexter and Berry are below. Click here to see the biographies of the other inductees.
E.C. Glass High School
As the head boys soccer coach at E.C. Glass from 1981?2008, Chip Berry guided his teams to a 307?129?28 record, 12 district titles; 21 regional playoff appearances; including three region runner?up finishes; three rounds of sixteen and three final eights. He was recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as Virginia’s Coach of the Year in 2006; and twice by the VHSCA in 2003 and 2007 as state coach of the year. He was also selected district coach of the year 11 times and the News and Advance Soccer Coach of the Year in Central Virginia six times. In 2007, his team set a school record with 16 consecutive games without a loss and made it to the state “sweet 16” before losing 1?0 to Osbourn Park, the nation’s second ranked team. Berry began coaching and teaching at E.C. Glass in 1978 and during that time coached 59 high school teams – including assistant boys varsity soccer (1978?81); head boys varsity soccer (1981?2008); boys varsity assistant basketball (1978?81); head boys JV basketball (1982?2005); co?head varsity girls volleyball (1985?86); and has been the athletic director since 2005. A member of the VHSCA since 1978, he has served on the Legislative Council and the Executive Committee since 1995. He has been the VHSCA Soccer Committee Chairman since 1995 and the Director of the VHSCA state all?star boys soccer game since its inception. Berry also chairs the Group AAA boys all?state soccer selection committee and the Northwest Region selection committee for boys soccer. Under his leadership, he was instrumental in the creation of the VHSCA girls soccer all?star game which has been played each summer since 1999. In addition, he has chaired the Western District and Western Valley District all?district selection committees for 20 years. Berry will be entering his 35th year at E.C. Glass in the 2013?14 school year. A native of Charlottesville, he graduated from Albemarle High School in 1978 and played college basketball at Lynchburg College where he received his BA degree in 1978.He resides in Lynchburg, VA
Jefferson Forest High School
Football, Basketball, Baseball
A three?sport standout in football, baseball and basketball at Jefferson Forest from 1991?94, Anthony Poindexter was the 1993 AP Group AA Player of the Year as a senior and earned first?team all?state selection as a junior and senior while guiding the Cavaliers to back?to?back Division 3 football championships as a quarterback and safety. In addition, he twice earned first?team all?district and all?region honors and was selected to play in the VHSCA all?star football game where he was named the Defensive Player of the Game. A four?year starter in baseball as a centerfielder, he earned first?team all?district, all?region and first?team all?state honors while leading the Cavaliers to the state semifinals in 1993; and as a three?year starter on the basketball team, he earned first?team all?district and honorable mention all?region honors as well. He was named the Lynchburg News and Advance 1993 Football Player of the Year after his senior season and twice earned News and Advance first?team selections in baseball. Poindexter continued his football career at the University of Virginia where as a freshman; he is part of one of the biggest plays in UVa history when he and teammate Adrian Burnim stopped Florida State’s Warrick Dunn inches from the goal line on the game's last play in the 33?28 Cavalier win over the second?ranked Seminoles. He twice earned first?team All?America honors as a safety and was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 1998 despite a severe knee injury which ended his season. UVa retired his number 3 jersey in 2009. He played three seasons in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns. He is entering his 10th season on the UVa football coaching staff. A 1994 graduate of Jefferson Forest High School, Poindexter earned his BA in anthropology from the University of Virginia in 1998. He resides in Charlottesville, VA.