1996 ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
Marc J. Heyison was a three-year letterwinner ('81-83) in baseball. He made an immediate impact as a freshman, batting .318 and playing in 54 consecutive games in the fall and spring seasons as the starting leftfielder. After an injury-plagued sophomore season in which he batted a respectable .266, Heyison emerged as a nationally recognized player and pro prospect as a junior. That season (1983) he was fifth in the country in batting (.461) and second in triples (8). In addition to winning the Atlantic 10 batting title, he earned All-Atlantic 10 first team and All-East Coast second team honors at third base.
Following his junior season, Heyison was drafted in June of '83 by the Baltimore Orioles in the ninth round. That summer he batted .350 and was tied for the league lead in home runs for the Orioles' Class A affiliate team at Bluefield, W.Va., in the Appalachian Rookie League. He went on to play for the O's Carolina League affiliate, the Hagerstown Suns, in 1984 before a degenerative shoulder injury required surgery and ended his pro career.
After earning his bachelor's degree in finance at GW in '84, Heyison converted his strong work ethic to the world of business where he has enjoyed success in the clothing retail industry. He has risen to the position of CEO of Top Notch, Inc., in College Park, Md., a diversified supplier to educational and athletic institutions in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Heyison, a Washington native and a 1980 graduate of Springbrook High School in Silver Spring, is married to Tanya. The couple resides in suburban Potomac. Among his many community-oriented activities is a very special one, the "Gloria Heyison Golfing Against Breast Cancer", an annual tournament benefiting the American Cancer Society, which he sponsors in honor of his mother, a breast cancer survivor. In two years, the tourney had raised more than $50,000.