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2010 Hermes Gold Award Winner

Layman to be inducted into the Virginia High School Hall of Fame


The Virginia High School Hall of Fame has announced the inductees for the Class of 2010, the 21st class to be inducted.  Among the nine individuals is Jane Layman, former William Byrd High School athletic director and current department chair of health and physical education at Northside Middle School.

Sponsored jointly by the Virginia High School League and the Virginia High School Coaches Association, the Hall of Fame is dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of outstanding achievements by students and adults in sports and activities within Virginia’s public high schools.

In a news release announcing the honorees, the hall of fame said the following about Layman:

For over 30 years, Jane Layman has served with distinction as an athletic administrator, teacher and coach.  She began her career at Lake Braddock Secondary School (1977-80) coaching field hockey and swimming, as well as serving as the assistant athletic director. In 1982 she went to William Byrd High School as athletic director and served in that position until 2001.  As an athletic administrator at William Byrd, she guided a program that won four straight (1995-98) Central Fidelity Cup (now Wachovia) Championships as the top athletic program in Group AA and was awarded three straight (1996-98) Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Awards.  She has held significant roles within the VHSL, VIAAA (Virginia Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association), Region III and Blue Ridge District.  She served on two terms on the VHSL Executive Committee, as well as holding influential roles on the VHSL Calendar; Sports Medicine; Hall of Fame; Sportsmanship; Sports Advisory; Appeals and Cheer Committees.  She sat on the VIAAA Board of Directors from 1992-2001 and chaired the Ways and Means Committee from 1993-2001.  She served five terms as athletic chairperson for Region III and 12 years as chairperson for the Blue Ridge District.  The VIAAA recognized Layman as the Virginia Athletic Director of the Year in 1993.  She also has directed numerous VHSL district, region and state championship events.  The VHSL and Region III recognized Layman’s contributions by selecting her to receive it’s prestigious Region Award of Merit in 2001 and Certificate of Merit eight consecutive years (1992-99).  She retired from her athletic director duties at William Byrd in 2001 and currently is department chair of health and physical education at Northside Middle School in Roanoke.

The induction dinner will be held Monday, October 18 in Charlottesville.

(Last updated 6/14/10)