SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- The Shepherd University Athletic Hall of Fame will induct four new members this fall at the annual induction banquet on Friday, September 17 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Shepherdstown. The quartet will also be honored at the Shepherd-Fairmont State football game on Saturday, September 18 as part of Hall of Fame Weekend festivities.
Two-sport standout Wayman Everly '64 (football, basketball), Judy Masano Ryskamp '85 (women’s tennis), Jason Johnson '00 (football), join Jeff Casteel (assistant football coach) as the 25th class to be inducted. The "fabulous four" bring the total number of members in the Shepherd Athletic Hall of Fame to 121.
Everly (Mountainside, NJ/1958 graduate of Kingwood (WV) High School) was a four-year starter on both the Shepherd football and men’s basketball teams. A two-time First Team All-WVIAC football choice, Everly led the Rams in receptions and receiving yards for three straight years. He helped lead the Rams to a 7-1-1 mark as a senior team captain in 1963. His 15 career touchdown receptions set a school record and he is currently ranked fifth on the all-time chart. Everly was a two-year team captain in basketball and gained All-WVIAC honors as a junior. He tallied 1,059 career points for his career. Everly went on to a successful career as a high school educator/coach.
Ryskamp (Coppell, Texas/1980 graduate of Gwynn Park (MD) High School) was a two-year standout on the women’s tennis team (1983-84). After a stellar career at Prince George’s Community College where she posted a 20-1 record as a two-time All-Region selection, Ryskamp played at the number one slot in singles and doubles throughout her Shepherd career. Ryskamp earned Team MVP honors as a senior when she posted an 11-4 singles mark with a 10-4 doubles record. The conference runner-up at number one singles, Ryskamp teamed with Dana Axelsson Cheney to capture the WVIAC number one doubles title. The pair became the first Shepherd women’s tennis players to represent Shepherd at the NAIA Championships.
Johnson (Martinsburg, WV/1991 graduate of Martinsburg High School) was a four-year standout on the Shepherd football team from 1991-94. Johnson was a three-time first team All-WVIAC choice and garnered NAIA All-American honors for three years. He was a member of the three WVIAC title teams (1991,92,94) and participated on two NAIA Playoff teams (1991,92). Johnson helped lead Shepherd to its first ever post season win when the Rams handed Carson-Newman a 6-3 loss in 1992. Johnson set the Shepherd all-time mark for interceptions with 29 and ranks second in that category today. His 22 kickoff returns and 549 kickoff return yards in 1992 remain Shepherd single season records.
Casteel (Morgantown, WV/1980 graduate of Paden City High School) was an assistant coach for 12 years (1988-99) for the Shepherd football team. Casteel helped lead the Rams to six conference championships and four postseason appearances as defensive coordinator for the Rams from 1991-99. The Rams led the WVIAC in rushing defense and total defense five times over that period. He coached numerous All-Americans and several WVIAC Players of the Year. Casteel left Shepherd to take a position at Texas-El Paso for one season before joining the staff at West Virginia University. Elevated to defensive coordinator after three seasons, Casteel has helped guide the Mountaineers to six bowl appearances. A top expert on the 3-3 odd stack defense, Casteel was named Defensive Coordinator of the Year by Rivals.com in 2007.
The Athletic Hall of Fame banquet will be held at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Shepherdstown. The evening will begin with a social hour at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner and induction ceremony at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased through the University’s Office of Alumni Relations by calling 304-876-5157.