Athletic Hall of Fame Selection Criteria

    The Athletic Hall of Fame honors former intercollegiate athletes for significant achievements and contributions to the intercollegiate team program during their cadet career and their achievements as leaders of character for the Air Force, the DoD and the nation upon commissioning. Former athletic administrators of the intercollegiate program, coaches and support staff may also be honored for extraordinary achievements. Inductees into the Athletic Hall of Fame will be honored with a plaque on the “Walk of Honor," recognizing their distinguished achievements. The “Walk of Honor” is located on the fourth floor of the Falcon Athletic Center.

    The selection criteria for athletes is based on meeting at least one of the following categories:  General officers who earned a varsity letter; astronauts who earned a varsity letter, All-American in the respective sport; national champion; academic Hall of Fame recipient; athletic achievement - varsity letter winner who played on the professional level, Olympian or a member of the World Class Athlete program; chief executive officers, political leader; first team NCAA All-American, an NCAA-Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) Champion; NCAA statistical champion; national academic honors while competing as an athlete; Conference player of the year; lettered in four different varsity sports; Academy record holder; conference record holder.

    Intercollegiate coaches are selected for Hall of Fame induction for achieving outstanding success and rendering extraordinary service and leadership to the athletic program. The coach has to be a minimum of five years removed as an Academy coach before he or she can be considered for induction.

    The selection criteria for coaches is based on the following categories; career record; national titles; conference Coach of the Year; national top-20 ranking; national achievements such as president of a national coaches association; number of conference and\or national championships in individual sports; number of Olympians and\or World, American or NCAA-AIAW record setters; number of All-Americans; length of distinguished service.

    Former athletic administrators and support staff are selected for Hall of Fame induction for achieving outstanding success and rendering extraordinary service and leadership to the athletic program. All criteria and qualifications are based upon the candidate’s participation while supporting the USAFA’s intercollegiate athletic program.  The administrator or staff member has to be a minimum of five years removed from the Academy before he or she can be considered for induction.  Nominations are based on the following criteria: Direction of the overall program during their administration; Facility development; Programs started and (or) developed; National achievements and involvement and conference service; Length of distinguished service.

    The Selection committee is comprised of  the Director of Athletics; Senior Associate Athletic Director; Senior Women’s Administrator; Deputy Director of Athletics; Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Development; a team officer representative with more than five years of experience from the Dean of Faculty; a senior officer representative from the Commandant of Cadets; and, the NCAA Faculty Representative. The President of the Association of Graduates (AOG) or his or her designated representative may serve as an advisor to the Committee, but may not render a vote.

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