Four Lord Botetourt High School sports greats will be inducted in the school athletic Hall of Fame this week as a ceremony at the school on Friday. The four inductees will also be recognized at halftime of the Homecoming football game on Friday night when Lord Botetourt hosts William Campbell.
Chuck Pound, the current athletic director at LB and a long-time coach at LB, will be inducted along with three former athletes, Jed Rasnick, MacKenzie Tyree and Casey Weddle. Pound came to Lord Botetourt in the fall of 1987 after teaching and coaching for three years at Lucy Addison Junior High School in Roanoke City.
Initially, Pound was an assistant coach in the boys’ basketball program under the late Don Meredith and an assistant baseball coach. In 1990, he became the head baseball coach. His teams amassed a record of 79 wins, 68 losses and three ties during his eight-year tenure. The program also won one regular season district title and two district tournament titles during this time.
In the fall of 1997, Pound became the head coach of the LBHS girls’ basketball program. During his 22-year stint as head coach, his teams had a record of 404 wins against 159 losses. The teams combined to win 10 Blue Ridge District regular season titles and seven Blue Ridge District tournament titles. They also appeared in the region tournament 16 times, winning two of those. The teams also had seven state tournament appearances, including five trips to the final four, with a runner-up finish in 2005 and a state championship in 2018.
In the 22 seasons, Pound’s teams never had a losing record and in 10 of those seasons they posted 20 wins or more. His 2004-05 and 2018-19 teams share the single season school record of 27 wins.
During his tenure, Pound had 19 girls go on to play basketball at the college level and seven players who eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for their high school career. He was named the Blue Ridge District Coach of the Year 10 times, the Region Coach of the Year twice and Class 3 State Coach of the Year once. He was also named the Timesland Coach of the Year twice and Kiwanis Metro Coach of the Year twice.
Pound continues to serve as athletic director at Lord Botetourt, a position he has held since 2007. He resides in Roanoke County with his wife of 36 years, Michele. They have two sons, Matt, 32 and Andrew, 28. Matt and his wife Stacy have two boys– Fuller, 3, and Tate 3 months– whom Chuck and Michele (Pops and Lolli) enjoy spoiling.
Rasnick is a 2007 graduate of Lord Botetourt High School where he was an outstanding golfer during his high school career. He was a starter on the varsity golf team all four years.
Jed was named to the All-Blue Ridge District Golf team each year – 2003 through 2006. He was also voted Most Valuable Player for LB all four years. After an amazing senior year in which Jed was medalist in 4 out of the 5 Blue Ridge District matches, he was named Blue Ridge District Player of the Year for 2006, finishing 21 strokes ahead of second place. He also set the single season scoring record during his senior year at LBHS with a 69 average. He was also the Region III medalist his senior year carding a 68. Jed led the Lord Botetourt golf team to a runner-up finish in the VHSL State Tournament his senior year while finishing tied fourth individually.
Jed was selected to the All-Region III golf team and the AA All-State golf team after his sophomore and senior season. Jed was named 1st Team All-Timesland his junior and senior year and was named 2nd Team All-Timesland his sophomore year. He finished 2nd in the Bob McClelland Metro tournament and finished 3rd in the Virginia State Amateur Tournament his senior year, qualifying with a 69. He qualified for the VHSL State Tournament as an individual his sophomore year shooting a 72 at Blue Hills. Jed was the Roanoke Valley Golf Hall Of Fame Junior Champion in 2006. He was also a member of the Blue Hills Hall Of Fame Men’s Team Champions in 2004 and the Blue Hills Junior Club Champion in 2004 and 2005.
Jed was also a three-year member of the LBHS varsity baseball team. He was a two-year starter and a stellar defensive player on the Blue Ridge District tournament championship team in 2007. Jed was also awarded the VHSL Academic Excellence Award and Blue Ridge District Honor Roll for his freshman, sophomore, and junior years.
Jed earned a scholarship to play Division 1 golf at Longwood University in 2007. He had eight top 20 and four top 10 finishes in his career with best finishes of 6th at both the Rutger’s Invitational and the Mount St. Mary’s Invitational. He also earned the Scholar Athlete Award during his junior and senior years. Jed graduated from Longwood in 2011 with a degree in Business Administration and is currently working at Kinloch Golf Club in Richmond, where he resides with his wife Alexis.
Tyree is a 2009 graduate of Lord Botetourt High School. She was a three-sport star competing in volleyball, basketball and tennis. She was a highly decorated volleyball player throughout her high school career. After her sophomore season she was named Blue Ridge District Honorable Mention. As a junior, she was named Blue Ridge District Player of the Year, All-Region III first team, and AA All-State second team. After her senior season, she was named Player of the Year for the district and region and also named first team all-state. At the end of her high school career she held the VHSL career and single season record for digs, and had the second, sixth, and seventh best total of single game digs. She was also named to the PrepVolleyball.com Defensive Dandy second team.
As a tennis player, MacKenzie was undefeated in the Blue Ridge District for three seasons. She earned second team all-district honors in 2006, and first team in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Her doubles team was Blue Ridge District champions and Regional finalists in 2008 and 2009. She was named Second Team All-Timesland in 2008 and 2009.
MacKenzie only played varsity basketball during her senior season, but it was a very memorable one. She was the starting point guard on a team that made the AA State Final Four. She made 34 percent of her three-point shots. She was named to the Blue Ridge District All-Tournament Team and was Lord Botetourt’s Kiwanis Unsung Hero.
MacKenzie was awarded the Miss Cavalier Award as a senior and was Lord Botetourt’s nominee for B’nai B’rith. She was also a member of the National Honor Society and made the Blue Ridge District Honor Roll each year. After graduating from Lord Botetourt, MacKenzie played volleyball in college for one season at Carson-Newman College and for two seasons at Roanoke College. She currently serves as the Assistant Director of Admissions at Roanoke College but will soon begin a new career as a Graduate Program Coordinator for Virginia Tech Carilion. MacKenzie currently resides in Daleville.
Weddle is a 2008 graduate of Lord Botetourt High School. He was a standout in both football and baseball.
Casey excelled as a defensive back, wide receiver and return specialist for the football team. As a junior, he earned First Team All-District wide receiver and defensive back and Honorable Mention as a return specialist. He was on the Honorable Mention AA All-State Team as a defensive back. He was the school’s Defensive Back of the Year and was named First Team All-Timesland at defensive back.
After his senior football season, Casey earned first team honors for the Blue Ridge District, Region III and AA State at defensive back. He also made First Team All-District and Second Team All-Region as a wide receiver. He once again was named to the All-Timesland First Team as defensive back. He was chosen as Lord Botetourt’s Defensive Back of the Year and the Offensive Player of the Year.
Casey held both the single season and career interceptions records for Lord Botetourt until they were recently broken. He was named one of the Best 50 in the first 50 football players at the school.
Casey was also an outstanding baseball player. He was a starter in the outfield for three years. As a sophomore he was named First Team All-District and Second Team All-Region in the outfield. His junior season he was Second Team All-District and his senior season he was a First Team All-District outfielder and was the team co-leader for home runs.
Casey was awarded the Cavalier Award given to the top senior male athlete at Lord Botetourt. He was also chosen as the 2008 recipient of the United States Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award for the school. He also received the VHSL Academic Excellence Award as well as the All-District A/B Honor Roll. Casey was a member of the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society and had several first place entries in the Skills USA Competition.
Casey currently works for Robertson Marketing Group in Salem as an account manager, a US top 40 promotional products distributor. He married his high school sweetheart, Nikki. They live in Blue Ridge and have a 4-year old daughter, Raylin, and a 1-year old son, Cade.