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Jim Barbe ('77)
Brent S. Bennett (’95)
Eupton Jackson (’91)
Diane Buch Traynor ('88)

Jim Barbe ('77)

Jim Barbe was a top
performer on early JMU baseball teams (1974-77).  The Dukes were 112-37 (.817) during his career and placed in the 1976 NCAA Division II South Atlantic Regional.  At the start of the 2007 season he still was fourth in team history with 34 home runs and tied for fifth with 178 runs batted in.

He had a .371 career batting average and a career .599 slugging percentage, and he closed his career as JMU's leader in home runs, RBI and bases on balls.  He held JMU's season home run record (12), set in 1975 (32 games), until 1981 when it fell during a 60-game season.  He began his career as JMU's shortstop starter and was a regular in the pitching rotation before moving to third base for his final two years. 

He played several seasons in the Texas Rangers' system and was a league most valuable player.  He was second-team All-America in 1975, All-South Atlantic Region in 1976, second-team All-South Independent in 1977, and All-Virginia College Athletic Association in 1974 and 1975.  He was team most valuable player in 1975 and its offensive MVP in 1977.

 

 

Brent S. Bennett (’95)

Brent S. Bennett was a leading performer during one of the top periods in JMU soccer history.  JMU compiled a 73-12-5 (.839) record during his four seasons (1991-94) in the program and won Colonial Athletic Association titles and played in the NCAA tournament during each of his last three seasons.

The 1994 Dukes reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament, and he was first-team All-America (national coaches association), All-South and All-CAA that season.  He completed his career with 41 goals in 81 games and still is second in team history in goals and third in points (99).  His 16 game-winning career goals rank second all-time at JMU.

In 1993 he was the CAA player of the year, second-team All-America and first-team all-region and all-conference, and in 1992 he was second-team All-CAA.  JMU was 17-3-1 in 1991, 17-4-1 in 1992, 19-2-1 in 1993 and 20-3-2 in 1994 when the Dukes set a team record for victories in a season.

 

 

 

Eupton Jackson ('91)

Eupton C. Jackson was a key performer on several of JMU's top defenses.  Playing from 1987-90, he was a four-year safety starter, and JMU was among the nation's top-20 Division I-AA defenses during each of his years.  He had 362 career tackles, still JMU's No. 7 overall mark and the program's best figure for a defensive back.  He led JMU's defensive backs in tackles for four straight seasons and was the squad's overall tackles leader as a junior and senior.

JMU in 1987 made its first NCAA playoff appearance while posting a 9-3 record.  He was JMU's 1990 captain and that season's Virginia Division I defensive player of the year by the Roanoke Times.  He was named to an all-state first team during each of his final three seasons and in 1990 was named to four All-America first teams.  His nine career interceptions still rank him in a tie for seventh place among all JMU players.

He took part in 81 tackles in 1987, 93 in 1988, 96 in 1989 and 92 1990, and JMU allowed an average of fewer than 300 yards per game during each of those seasons.

 

 

Diane Buch Traynor (’88)

Two-sport athlete Diane Buch Traynor is the only Duke to win all-region honors six times.  She was All-South Region in six of her seven competition seasons -- in field hockey in 1984, 1986 and 1987 and in lacrosse in 1986, 1987 and 1988.

JMU's first lacrosse first-team All-America (1988), she was named to the U.S. National Squad in 1985.  She was All-America honorable mention in 1987 and was the first Duke named All-South three times.  She was selected to play in the 1988 North-South Senior All-Star Game and was named All-South Atlantic Conference three times (1986, 87, 88).  She completed her career with a then-team-record 139 goals and still is fourth in goals, seventh in points (178) and 12th in assists (39) in team history.

She was the first JMU field hockey athlete named All-South and is the only player in team history named first-team All-South as a freshman.  She was the first JMU player to win All-South first team honors in field hockey three times and still is among only two Dukes with that distinction.  She likely would have been All-South in field hockey in 1985, but she missed most of that season with a knee injury.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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