Nathan Thomas Graybeal, is a native of Emory, Virginia and was inducted into the Emory & Henry Sports Hall of Fame in 2011. Though he only served as the College’s Sports Information Director for 19 years in an official capacity, Graybeal’s service to Emory & Henry Athletics spanned five decades.
He won many awards for his work on E&H sports publications and web design, including four national top honors, three Butkus awards and three ISA Internet awards. Graybeal has had five football game-day publications rank among the top in the country including one top award for football program cover design. In 2011 he won an award from the National Football Foundation for his Contribution to American Football.
In his years as Sports Information Director, Graybeal worked 25 NCAA National Championship events spanning football, basketball, baseball and softball. He worked with ESPN, NBC and Sports Illustrated to feature E&H student-athletes and was ahead of the curve when he founded the College’s first athletic website in 1994.
Graybeal’s service began with his work as a ballboy and batboy as a youth for the Wasps. He transitioned into the role that would become a career for him, eventually becoming one of the most knowledgeable people about the history of Emory & Henry athletics. He had a keen eye for statistics and is to be credited with keeping many of the first statistics ever for the College.
Graybeal attended Emory & Henry for two years where he was a letterwinner on the track & field team as a high jumper and long jumper and was a member of the ODAC runner-up team in 1979. He transferred to James Madison University, where he completed a double Bachelor’s Degree in 1984.