Levi Otey, Jr.

Class of 1962 / Inducted 1972 - Charter Member / Football

Levi Otey, Jr. played football for the Wasps from 1958-61, graduating in the spring of 1962. A four year letterman, he was inducted into the E&H Sports Hall of Fame as a charter member in honor of his excellence on the gridiron.

Otey came to Emory & Henry after being stationed in Austin, Texas, with the U.S. Air Force. He was recruited by the University of Texas, but when they couldn’t approve his eligibility in time for football season, he returned to his native Southwest Virginia to play offensive and defensive end for the Wasps football team.

His long list of career athletic achievements include being named to the Virginia All-State team all four years, the Knoxville News Sentinel All-Area team three years, the Methodist Little All-America team three years, the Williamson Little All-America team two years, and the Virginia Associated Press Little-Five team once.

After graduating, Otey coached at John S. Battle High School in Washington County for nine years. He then served as an assistant football coach and instructor in health and physical education at Emory & Henry for two years before leaving to pursue a career in business.