Thomas C. Corbin '37
Thomas Corbin served the Wildcats and the country with equal dedication, commitment and accomplishment. He graduated in 1937 from Davidson, where he starred in football (an outstanding blocking back) and baseball and participated on the rifle team. After Davidson, Corbin enrolled at West Point, where he graduated in 1941 and went on to became the youngest general in the U.S. Army Air Corps. At Davidson, he received the Pharr Blocking Trophy as the state's most outstanding blocker in 1936. He was President of the Athletic Association and Vice President of the Student Council. He flew B-26s in World War II and was often decorated, receiving the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, and the Distinguished Service Medal. He died in 1992 and the Maj. Gen. Thomas C. Corbin Merit Scholarship has been established in his name.
Charles G. Driesell
Driesell is generally credited with putting Davidson on the national basketball map and recognized as the most successful basketball coach in school history. In nine seasons, he guided the Wildcats to a 176-64 record. In that span, the Wildcats were ranked nationally among the top ten four times. His 1966, 1968, and 1969 teams won the Southern Conference Tournament and went to the NCAA playoffs. In 1968 and 1969 they came within two and four points, respectively, of reaching the Final Four. Driesell was Southern Conference Coach of the Year in 1963, 1964, 1965, and 1966. Several of his recruits - Fred Hetzel and Dick Snyder - were first team All-Americans, and both enjoyed successful careers in the National Basketball Assocation. His 1964 team won 23 straight games to set school and Southern Conference records that still stand. The 1969 team ranked as high as second nationally and set a school record with 27 wins.
Auburn C. Lambeth '51
Lambeth was a standout in football and baseball from 1948 until 1951 and served as captain in both sports during his senior year. Lambeth led the Wildcats in passing for three straight years from 1948 until 1950. During his three-year football career, Lambeth passed for 2,265 yards and 31 touchdowns. He set a school record with five touchdown passes in a game against Richmond in 1950. He received the Tommy Peters Award in 1951 as the school's most outstanding athlete. In 1950 he set was was then a Southern Conference career record for completions. He was a first team All-State selection and was a second team All-Southern Conference pick. He was a member of the Student Council, Scabbard & Blade, ODK, Phi Delta Theta and was named to Who's Who.
John M. Porter '81
John Porter, an outfielder from Coxsackie, N.Y., accomplished something no other Davidson College athlete has achieved. He twice was first team Academic All-American in baseball! In 1980, he batted .383, scored 34 runs and stole 23 bases. His classroom average was even more impressive as Porter maintained a 3.84 GPA in pre-medicine. Besides the Academic All-America honor in 1980 and 1981, Porter was named to the All-Southern Conference team three years in a row (1979-1981). His career highlights include batting .345 in 1981, stealing 19 of 23 bases in 1981, and reaching base successfully 54 percent of the time as a leadoff hitter. Porter also played football as a freshman and stood out as a kickoff return specialist.