Fork Union Military Academy is wasting no time inducting longtime basketball coach Fletcher Arritt into the school's sports hall of fame.
Arritt, a FUMA alum who recently retired after 46 years as a biology teacher and coach, is one of four members who will be inducted at a ceremony on campus on Thursday.
The 70-year-old Arritt graduated from FUMA in 1960, then joined the staff as a teacher and assistant coach six years later. He took over as head coach of the boys' program in 1970, and over the past 42 seasons has sent more than 200 players to Division I basketball players, including seven who went on to play in the NBA.
Arritt made the decision that the 2011-12 season would be his last after being diagnosed with stage three lymphoma in December. A standing-room-only crowd, including many of his former players, packed into FUMA's gym for Arritt's final home game last February.
"Your body tells you when it's over, so I'm not gonna miss anything," Arritt said after that game, a loss to Fishburne Military Academy. "It's been a good run, I've had a lot of fun, I've made a lot of friends... There's a time to quit and I've reached that point."
The other three inductees into FUMA's sports hall of fame on Thursday include former NFL linebacker Dexter Coakley, who played a decade with the Cowboys and Rams; Dr. Frederick O. Mueller, one of the nation's leading research experts on sports injuries; and former FUMA athletic director and coach, the late E.H. "Gus" Lacy, Jr.