Douglas “Doug” Reavis was a two-time All-American, winner of the Doc Jopson Award, and Rhodes Scholar nominee during his collegiate career at Emory & Henry. He was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in 2002 for his accomplishments as a dual-sport athlete.
Reavis played both baseball and football at Emory and Henry. As a baseball player, he was named the team’s Best Offensive Player his sophomore year, and MVP and Best Defensive Player his junior year. In 1990, he set a school record for triples in a single season (5) and led the conference in stolen bases (35). That year he won First Team VaSID Academic All-State honors. He had a .314 career batting average, went 80 for 84 on stolen bases, and had seven career doubles.
On the gridiron, Reavis amassed three career touchdowns on punt returns, two career touchdowns on kickoff returns, and three career touchdowns on interceptions. Over the course of his career, he picked off 14 passes. The Wasps went to the NCAA playoffs twice while Reavis was on the team, and in 1987 they were South Region Champions. Reavis was named to the All-ODAC First Team two years and was a Second Team Pizza Hut All-American in 1988 and a First Team Kodak All-American in 1989.
In 1990, Reavis won the Doc Jopson Award, which is given to the ODAC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He was also honored with the prestigious T. L. Porterfield Award, the highest honor Emory & Henry can bestow on a male athlete at the college, in recognition of his accomplishments in sports and all areas of campus life.
After graduation, Reavis played IFL Semi-Professional Football for the Roanoke Rush. He was selected to and played in the International Football League’s North/South All-Star Game.
Reavis left semi-professional football to become a teacher and a coach. In 2001, he became the head football coach in Bland County, where he led his team to the District Championship and was named District and Region Coach of the Year.