Marlin athletics loses major figure in Forsyth

On Feb. 26, the Virginia Wesleyan community learned of the passing of Donald M. Forsyth, a founding father of Marlin Athletics. He served as the golf and men’s basketball coach and Athletic Director during his twenty-nine year career. He was named Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year three times during his time as director.  

Both basketball teams and the volleyball team compete on the Donald M. Forsyth court. He was inducted into the Marlin Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009. Forsyth helped form 14 athletic programs here at Virginia Wesleyan during his long career. 

Forsyth was the first full-time employee of the Virginia Wesleyan Athletics program. He was hired in 1969 and retired in 1998. He guided the development of many of the athletic fields on campus today. Along with the Cunningham Gymnasium (CMAC).

By Nicholas Mundy