Our Home Team
The current Keydet Club staff has over 50 years of combined development experience, and is proud of their accomplishments in support of VMI athletics and the Institute’s cadet-athletes and coaches. The staff of the Keydet Club over sees the fund raising efforts in support of VMI’s Division I athletic program. Accordingly they are responsible for generating support for athletic scholarship and athletic operations through annual and endowed giving.
The Keydet Club coordinates numerous events and initiatives throughout the year in support of their mission. While the VMI Keydet Club is a “small shop” the support they receive from alumni, parents and friends of VMI is unparalleled in comparison to conference and other institutions in the state of Virginia.
Greg Cavallaro '84
Gregory “Greg” M. Cavallaro was born in Schwabisch Gemund Germany as the son of an Army Colonel/Dentist. He graduated from Menchville High School in 1980, and matriculated to VMI in the Fall of 1980 from Newport News, VA. In 1981, Greg won the Virginia State AAU Boxing Champion as a member of the VMI Boxing Team. In 1984, he completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from VMI, and immediately went to work in the VMI Office of Admissions.
After spending two years working in Admissions, Greg was hired to be the Director of Annual Giving in the VMI Foundation. After fourteen years Greg moved over to the Keydet Club. He has been its Chief Executive Officer/Executive Vice President since June 2000. Greg’s interests include VMI athletics, golfing, boating, and traveling. He and his wife, Marlene Cavallaro, currently reside in Lexington.
Robert Crumpler '07
J. Robert Crumpler III is a native of Suffolk, Virginia. Robert graduated from Nansemond-Suffolk Academy in 2003. Robert matriculated to VMI in the Fall of 2003 and was a four-year member of the VMI Baseball Team. Robert, having played in a limited of games as a freshman, became a three-year starter for the baseball team. Robert was a two-year team captain for the 2006 and 2007 seasons, and he was selected to the Big South All-Conference team in 2007. He was also selected Big South Player of the Week three times during his career, as well being named to College Baseball Foundation’s National Honor Roll.
Robert finished his VMI baseball career by holding multiple single-game and single-season records. His career numbers rank in the top 10 in almost every offensive category, and he finished as VMI’s all-time leader in Fielding Percentage, Put-Outs, and Double Plays Turned.
After graduating from VMI with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, Robert began working in the VMI Admissions Office. He then moved over to the VMI Alumni Association for two years in New Cadet Recruiting, and in April of 2010 he came to the VMI Keydet Club where he currently serves as Vice President. His interests include golf, traveling, and Keydet athletics. He married his wife Erica in May 2009, and they currently reside in Lexington.
Donnie Ross '74
Donald “Donnie” S. Ross is a native of Richmond, Virginia. Donnie attended Benedictine High School and graduated in 1970. He matriculated to VMI in the Fall of 1970, and was a three-sport athlete. Donnie spent one year playing Rat Football and Rat Basketball before finishing with a two-year career with the VMI Baseball team. Donnie completed his cadetship with a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages, with a concentration in Spanish, in 1974.
Donnie comes from a strong VMI family. His brother, Bobby, was a 1959 graduate of the Institute, and Donnie’s two sons, Brian and David, graduated in 1999 and 2002 respectively. Donnie married his wife, Barbara, in the Fall of 1974. Coincidentally, Barbara comes from a VMI family as well since her brother, Bill Holzgrefe, is a 1977 graduate of the Institute.
Donnie joined the Keydet Club following two seasons as a VMI Football Coach, and he currently holds the title of Vice President. Donnie enjoys spending time with his family, exercising, golfing, and reading. He and Barbara currently reside in Lexington.
Douglas “Doug” P. Bartlett was born in Buffalo, New York. He attended C.W. Baker High School in Baldwinsville. Doug graduated from S.U.N.Y. at Geneseo in 1970 with a High School Teaching Degree in Mathematics. Doug was a four-year starter on the Geneseo lacrosse team, and led the team in scoring multiple years while garnering All-League honors. Doug spent over thirty-five years coaching lacrosse, including his final twenty-one years as the Head Coach at VMI.
He was the Director of the Division One North-South Collegiate Senior All-Star Game for ten years, and held the honor of coaching in the North-South game twice. Doug’s 1992 VMI Lacrosse Team earned a special recognition being ranked in the Top 25 in Division One lacrosse, only the fourth time in VMI history for a sports team to achieve that honor. Doug retired in the Spring of 2006 ranked 13th among active coaches in career wins.
He immediately joined the Keydet Club staff, and currently is the Vice President. He and his three daughters Jessie, Kelsey, and Maiah currently reside in Lexington.
Andrew Deal '12
Andrew Deal '12 is a native of Chester, Virginia where he attended L.C. Bird High School. Andrew graduated from VMI in May 2012 with a bachelor's degree in economics and business. A beneficiary of the Senator Elmon T. Gray '46 Annual Scholarship, he was a member of the baseball team for four
years at VMI and a team captain his first class year. He was also a cadet liaison to the Athletic Department and was a 2012 class campaign fundraiser.
Andrew joined the Keydet Club staff in August, 2012 as a Development Officer. He currently resides in Lexington.
Rebekah Powers graduated from Liberty University with a bachelor's degree in business management in November of 2010, and is currently working on her master's. Rebekah comes from Washington & Lee University where she worked for six years as an Administrative Assistant in the Dean's Office and as the Annual Giving Office Coordinator. Prior to her tenure at W&L, she worked for three years in VMI's Office of Communications & Marketing.
She joined the Keydet Club staff in July 2014 as Executive Secretary/Office Manager.