Where Are They Now
Dr. Lawrence D. Hopkins, '70 Football
Dr. Lawrence D. Hopkins was a standout football player at Lees-McRae during the 1969 and 1970 seasons, leading the Bobcats to an appearance in the 1968 El Toro Bowl against Arizona Western College. Dr. Hopkins went on to star at Wake Forest University, setting the Demon Deacons’ single-season rushing record with 1,228 yards in 1971 while rushing for over 2,200 yards in his two-year career at Wake Forest.
After completing his Bachelor’s degree at Wake Forest in 1972, Dr. Hopkins obtained his doctorate at Wake Forest’s Bowman Gray School of Medicine in 1977 before completing his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Hopkins went on to serve in the United States Air Force from 1981 to 1983, before opening his own practice in Winston-Salem, N.C.
He would later join the faculty of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine after practicing medicine for 10 years at Aegis Family Health Centers in Winston-Salem. Dr. Hopkins was named to the Lees-McRae College Board of Trustees in January of 2011.
Allison McDonald Norris, ’93 Women’s Soccer
Allison McDonald Norris starred for the women’s soccer team as one of the first four-year athletes in the program’s history, leading the Bobcats to a 63-17-1 record and a trio of conference championships during the school’s transition to a four-year institution.
The Hendersonville, Tenn. native garnered all-region and conference player of the year honors as a senior, while finishing her career ranked second in program history in total assists (36), third in match-winning goals (12), fourth in total points (108), and tied for seventh in total goals (36). Norris recently served as the Dean of Students at Lees-McRae, a post she held from 2007 to 2013.
Brent Bookwalter, ’06 Cycling
Brent Bookwalter graduated from LMC in 2006 after a successful career with the cycling team, amassing seven collegiate mountain biking titles as a member of the Bobcats. During his senior year, Bookwalter posted the top time in the national U-23 time trial. Bookwalter currently rides professionally for BMC Cycling and participated in the 2011 Tour de France, finishing in 138th place.
Bookwalter ranks as one of the most decorated cyclists in program history at Lees-McRae, claiming 10 individual national titles, including six in the mountain bike discipline.
Lee Squires, ’11 Men’s Soccer
Lee Squires rewrote the Lees-McRae record books during his four-year career with the men’s soccer program, leading the Bobcats to four consecutive berths in the NCAA Tournament, including an appearance in the national final in 2009. A native of Sheffield, England, Squires garnered All-America honors three times, while also being named the Conference Carolinas Player of the Year twice during his career.
Squires concluded his playing career as the program’s all-time leader in points (167) and goals (67), posting a pair of 20-goal seasons while netting 22 match-winners and recording 15 assists. The two-time conference player of the year is entering his third season as the head men’s soccer coach at Lees-McRae, leading the Bobcats to a 15-6-1 record in his first year at the helm as LMC finished runner-up in both the conference regular season and league tournament. The Bobcats also punched the program’s fifth straight ticket to the NCAA Tournament.
Leonard Wheeler, ’89 Football
Leonard Wheeler played six seasons in the National Football League after a four-year college career that included stops at Mississippi, Troy, and Lees-McRae. A native of Toccoa, Ga., Wheeler was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the third round of the 1992 NFL Draft, where he spent the first five years of his career. Wheeler went on to play one season with the Minnesota Vikings and one with the Carolina Panthers before retiring in 2001.
Wheeler is now the CEO and founder of Wheeler Enterprises, Inc., a company which specializes in personal and executive coaching to facilitate growth and development meant to improve their clients’ quality of life. He is also an active member of the NFL Players Association, serving on the association’s financial committee and has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the NFLPA.
Andy Nesdill, ’11 Men’s Lacrosse
Andy Nesdill was a three-year starting goalie for the Bobcats from 2009-2011. A native of Phoenix, Ariz., Nesdill logged over 1,300 minutes between the pipes for Lees-McRae during his career, ranking among the program’s all-time leaders with 320 saves.
Nesdill recently served as the head men's lacrosse coach for two seasons, taking the reins of the program and leading the Bobcats to a pair of successful campaign. Under Nesdill’s leadership, the Bobcats posted a thrilling 13-12 overtime victory over Florida Tech on February 17, 2012, while also providing a difficult test for some of the nation’s top teams.