Loudoun County High School will add three members to its Athletic Hall of Fame in 2021.
Ken Wright, the school's athletic director from 2004 to 2015, and former multi-sport athletes Shaylin O'Connell and Julie Strange make up the 2021 Hall of Fame class.
Loudoun County will hold an induction ceremony for the 2021 and 2020 hall of fame classes in the LCHS auditorium at 5 p.m. Oct. 1. The 2020 induction ceremony was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The previously announced 2020 class consists of student-athletes John Bryant, John "Bunky" Murphy, III, Lawrence "Fella" Dolby, Adina Trammel, Amanda Arbogast, Marguerite (Hanna) Lewis and Kerry (Sarver) Furr, along with coaches and contributors John Murphy, Jr, Kirk Smith and Ezma Lea (King) Stevens.
Following the induction ceremony, the new Hall of Fame members will be introduced at halftime of Loudoun County's varsity football game against Tuscarora at Sonny Pearson Stadium.
Here is a look at each member of the 2021 Hall of Fame class, provided by the LCHS athletic department.
Ken Wright (Contributor)
Wright served as athletic director at LCHS from 2004 to 2015. He firmly believed that you could have success at the highest levels while never sacrificing sportsmanship, integrity and always doing the right thing for student-athletes. This approach helped lead County to 44 Regular Season District Titles, 45 District Tournament Championships, 15 Region Runner-Up Titles, 20 Region Championships, eight State Runner-Up Titles and 12 State Championships during his tenure.
In addition, he spent time as both District and Region Treasurer and was a member of the VHSL Executive Committee in 2013 and 2014. In 2016, Wright became the Supervisor of Athletics for LCPS and was also named Athletic Administrator of the Year by the Virginia Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. In late 2016, he answered a call into a life of Christian ministry and currently serves as the Children’s and Family Pastor at Cornerstone Chapel in Leesburg.
Shaylin O’Connell (Class of 2009)
O’Connell earned six varsity letters playing volleyball, basketball and lacrosse for County. O’Connell was a four-year varsity starter for the volleyball program and amassed 729 kills and 354 blocks in her career. She helped lead County to three consecutive District Regular Season Titles (2006-2008), District Tournament Titles (2006-2008), Region Titles (2006-2008), one State Runner-up Title (2006) and back-to-back State Titles (2007/2008).
For her play, O’Connell earned first team All-District, All-Region, All-State and All-Met honors. In addition, Prep Volleyball named her an Academic All-American, as well as All-American for her play.
O’Connell went on to play four years of volleyball at the College of William and Mary, where she broke the freshman block record in a match (12) and would eventually be named third team All-CAA as a senior. O’Connell is now a licensed occupational therapist working in Washington, D.C. after earning a master’s degree from Shenandoah University and her doctorate from George Washington University.
Julie Strange (Class of 2010)
Strange earned 12 varsity letters and qualified for states in all 12 seasons of her high school career while competing in cross country, swim and track and field. As a swimmer, Strange competed at the VHSL AA State meet all four swim seasons and helped set records in the 2000 and 400-meter free relays, as well as earning All-District individual swimming accolades. She was awarded the Female Coach’s Award at the end of her sophomore year swim season.
In her senior year, Strange was selected as a captain of her cross country, swimming and track teams. In cross country and track, she was a 12-time All-District, 10-time All-Region and five-time All-State award winner. Strange was awarded MVP accolades during her freshman, sophomore, junior and senior year cross country and track seasons. As a junior and senior, she was named second team All-Met, as well as awarded the Loudoun County Runner of the Year during her cross-country seasons.
In track and field, Strange still holds records in the 3,200-meter run and as a member of the 4x800 relay team and is second all-time in the 1,600 run. She was also awarded the LCHS Senior Athlete of the Year and LCHS Most Outstanding Senior Award.
Strange would run four years of cross country, indoor track and outdoor track at James Madison University and was a four-year varsity letter recipient. Strange was a member of the 2011 CAA Champion cross country team and a member of the 2012 CAA Champion track & field team. She also received the CAA Commissioner’s Academic Award and the JMU Athletic Director’s Scholar-Athlete Award all four years.