2000 ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
Jodie E. Wampler, who lettered four times as a pitcher for the GW baseball team in the early 1970s, was an outstanding student-athlete during his Colonials career ('69-73). While he graduated more nearly 40 years ago, his name continues to appear amongst the school's baseball records. His career record was 23-8 on teams which won a total of 62 games during those years. Therefore, he earned nearly one-third of the Colonials winning decisions from '70-73.
A 1969 graduate of Turner Ashby High School in Bridgewater, Va., Wampler is in the top five for three GW baseball categories: victories (23), complete games (17) and shutouts (5). He also is fifth in highest winning percentage (.742). In 1971, he notched 18 strikeouts in one game (vs. George Mason) and the following year he continues to turn strikes into outs as he recorded a 1.20 earned run average (ERA).
His excellence on the mound and in the classroom earned him several special awards in both '72 and '73: NCAA District 2 All-America honors as a junior and senior as chosen by coaches in the district, as well as CoSIDA Academic All-America second team honors during those same years, as voted by the nation's college sports information directors. He as named the team's MVP in 1973 and also won the Athletic Department's Sportsmanship Award in 1972.
Wampler, who earned his bachelor's degree in health and physical education at GW, later gained a master's degree in secondary education at James Madison University in 1975. He has been partner/owner of Dove Farms, Inc., a large farming corporation in Broadway, Va., since 1977. He and his wife, Phyllis, have two children, a son, Chris and daughter, Denise.