Paul Overbay

Class of 1989 / Inducted 2007 / Football

Paul Overbay, class of 1989, was a four-year letterman at wide receiver for the Wasps. He was inducted into the Emory & Henry Sports Hall of Fame in 2007 for his accomplishments on the gridiron.

Overbay was voted to the All-Conference Second Team his sophomore year and to the First Team his junior and senior years.

His junior year he received recognition on the VaSID First Team and the Roanoke Times First Team All-State. That year, Overbay set or tied school records with 13 receiving touchdowns in a season and three single-game touchdown receptions. He also broke the career touchdown records his junior year with a total of 20 to that point.

A captain his senior year, Overbay added an additional seven touchdown receptions to his career statistics and ended the season with 2,041 career receiving yards. He graduated holding the college records for most receiving touchdowns in a season and in a career.

Over the course of his collegiate career, the Wasps accumulated a record of 37-10. In 1985, they were co-champions of the conference. They won the title outright in 1987-88, and in 1987 they were NCAA Division III South Region Champions. The team was nationally ranked in scoring offense (38.4 points per game) and total offense (443.7 yards per game) for much of the 1987 season, doubtless a result of Overbay’s contributions at wide receiver.

After graduating, Overbay returned to his high school alma mater, Science Hill in Johnson City, to become a social studies teacher and a football coach.