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.
HALL OF FAME CATEGORIES
- Athlete – candidates nominated in this category must have displayed extraordinary ability and performance while participating in athletics.
- Coach – candidates nominated in this category must have made outstanding contributions to the field of athletics through coaching and/or with professional coaching organizations.
- Contributor – outstanding contributor to athletics/sport through clinics, writing, organizations, support of Wesleyan athletics, as an administrator, volunteer work, professional athletics or international sport organizations.
- Team – Outstanding record or accomplishments such as an NCAA championship or finalist, ECAC champion or undefeated season. Only one team can be selected in a given year
- A person may be nominated in more than one category.
- A candidate can be nominated by any member of the Wesleyan community. Self nominations will not be accepted.
- A nominee stays active forever.
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
B. Insufficient credentials for further
C. Possess the credentials to move ahead in
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.
A quorum must be present (a minimum of eight out of ten
selection committee members).
- ATHLETE. Outstanding performance during the undergraduate or post graduate years; All-American status and performance at the national level and recognition by regional, national, and/or international associations are important criteria.
- COACH. Outstanding record as a Wesleyan coach or coach at another institution, professional organization, club or international team. Contributions to coaching organization will also be considered. Recognition by other organizations (Coach of the Year) and Hall of Fames will be important credentials to be considered.
- CONTRIBUTOR. Major contributor to Wesleyan athletics, professional organizations, international sport associations, and grass root sport movements will be important criteria.
- TEAM. Outstanding record or accomplishments such as an NCAA Championship or finalist, ECAC champion, or undefeated season. Also teams that have had major victories over a superior opponent may be considered.
Note: In the selection process it will be important to recognize that intercollegiate athletics and sport in general has changed significantly over time and performance in different decades should not be compared.
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.