The Wesleyan University Athletic Hall of Fame will recognize members of the Wesleyan community for outstanding achievement on the “playing field” or for service, dedication, and commitment to the athletics, sport in general and related programs. One, two, three or four individuals are inducted annually (except in the first two classes). Recipients receive a commemorative plaque. Their names will also be a plaque adjacent with their photo that will hang permanently in the Freeman Athletic Center’s Warren Street lobby.
A candidate, in order to qualify, must be a degree holder from Wesleyan University or a member of the Wesleyan community. A candidate for category I (Athlete) must be out of college for at least ten years or, in case of a non-Wesleyan bachelor degree holder, the candidate must have been a member of the Wesleyan community for at least five years.
1. Every year coaches and emeriti coaches will be asked to submit a list of potential candidates. Any member of the Wesleyan University family may also nominate candidates. All nominations must be submitted in writing to the Athletic Director or his or her designee. Biographical information (nomination form) and details (articles, clippings, records, resume, etc.) about the person being nominated must be included with the nomination form.
2. No candidate will be advised of his/her candidacy. All information pertaining to candidates is strictly confidential.
3. The candidates, prior to the selection meeting, will be screened into one of three categories.
A. Insufficient information provided requiring more material needed to move ahead in the selection process
B. Insufficient credentials for further consideration
C. Possess the credentials to move ahead in the process
4. Various committee members during the screening process may be asked to seek additional material on the candidates whom have insufficient materials. Most of research will be completed by the Wesleyan SID and other assigned personnel.
5. When the Hall of Fame Committee convenes in person and/or by conference call the “need more information candidates” will be reviewed first.
6. At the selection meeting, voting members will be asked to vote for their top 15 candidates. Nominees who receive at least three votes will continue. Discussion of remaining candidates will take place prior to the second round of voting. In the second round, voting members will vote for their top ten candidates. Nominees who receive at least four votes will move on. In the third round members will vote for their top six candidates. Nominees receiving at least five votes will continue. Discussion of remaining candidates will take place prior to the fourth round of voting. In the fourth round, voting members will vote for their top four candidates. Votes will be tabulated and the top four candidates will become eligible for the committee to make their selections for entry. In the case of a tie voting members will discuss each nominee in question. A second vote will take place if the committee feels it is necessary after their deliberations. The Athletic Director, or his/her designate, will count the committee’s votes. All voting will be kept confidential. However, the committee may decide not to induct four candidates in any given year if they believe that the pool is not worthy of consideration.
7. A quorum must be present (a minimum of eight out of ten selection committee members).
The Athletic Hall of Fame Committee is composed of ten voting members, each of whom serve a three-year term. Two individuals (two alumni/ae) will be members of the Alumni Advisory Council and serve a five-year term. The Co-chairs of the Alumni Advisory Council will appoint these individuals. The seven members who are not members of the Alumni Advisory Council will be staggered so that each year three members will rotate off and be replaced by three new members. These individuals will be appointed by the Chairs of the Athletic Advisory Council, the Athletic Director and the Vice President of University Relations or designate. An individual may not succeed him/herself without a three year hiatus. The Wesleyan University Athletic Director serves will serve as a non voting chair the Hall of Fame Committee. In addition, the Wesleyan Sports Information Director will serve as staff to the committee. It should be noted that no more than six voting members may be of one gender, and at least one and, no more than three members, must be current members of the Athletic Hall of Fame. Note: This provision will not be instituted until the committee is in its fourth year of existence.
Hall of Fame Award Dinner will be held each year at Commencement/Reunion Weekend or fall Homecoming.