The sport of men's basketball began at Lynchburg College in 1908 with the majority of games played at a nearby YMCA. The Hornets' first campus facility was Memorial Gymnasium, completed in 1924 and dedicated with a 42-14 victory over VPI. The Hornets played their first year in Turner Gym in 1969-70.
Lynchburg won its first championship in 1935, a 30-29 victory over Hampden-Sydney College for the Chesapeake Conference title to complete a 12-5 year as Gordon Trunkey (class of 1935) sank the winning basket.
Two decades later in 1951 the Hornets won another championship - the Little Six title - behind the play of standouts Grant Hudson and James ‘Skillet' Malloy, finishing the season 16- 6.
Wayne Proffitt (class of 1967) ushered in the modern era of men's basketball at Lynchburg, leading the Hornets to consecutive Dixie Conference championships from 1965-67. Proffitt later returned to his alma mater as coach and led the Hornets to 12 winning seasons in 16 years (1970-86), including 11 straight from 1970-81. Proffitt took the Hornets to four Dixie titles and one ODAC title.
Lynchburg's single-season wins mark was set in 1975-76 when the Hornets finished 22-8 en route to a berth in the NCAA tournament. Lynchburg would make a return trip to the big dance at the end of the 1978-79 season, closing 17-12. The 1974-75 squad went 20-4, setting a school-best winning percentage of .833.
Lynchburg College has had a pair of All-America selections in its 91-year history of men's basketball - Wayne Proffitt (class of 1967) and E.D. Schechterly class of 1980). Proffitt earned All-America honors at the close of the 1965-66 season and again following the 1966-67 season. Schechterly earned All-America honors in 1979-80.
Proffitt holds 18 school records at Lynchburg. His 68 points
against the University of North Carolina at Charlotte during the
1965-66 season is still a Virginia collegiate single-game record.
He scored more than 50 points in six games as a Hornet. A 6-0
guard, Proffitt scored 1,842 career points in slightly more than
two seasons of basketball at Lynchburg. He was drafted by the NBA
New York Knicks and by the ABA Oakland Oaks but chose not to play
professionally. He would later
go on to coach the Lynchburg Hornets for 16 years.
Schechterly holds six Lynchburg records, including career rebounds (1,404). He finished second in the nation in shooting percentage in 1979-80 with a .710 average. He is currently number four on the College's all-time scoring list, and earned ODAC Most Valuable Player honors in 1978-79 and 1979-80.