Hall of Fame

The Air Force Academy Athletics Hall of Fame honors former intercollegiate athletes for significant achievements and contributions to their sports as cadets, as well as their achievements as leaders of character for the Air Force, the Department of Defense and the nation. Former athletic administrators, coaches and support staff may also be honored with a plaque on the "Walk of Honor" in the Falcon Athletic Center Hall of Excellence.

The first class was inducted in 2007, with a new class added every two years. The first team was inducted in 2015, as the undefeated 1958 football team was the first to be honored. The criteria for a team is an exceptional accomplishment at the conference or national level, significant impact and/or brought special recognition to Falcon athletics, set school/regional/national records, won conference/regional/national championships or won an NCAA statistical championship.

The athletic department and the Hall of Fame committee members welcome input from the graduate community as we move forward on the next induction. Graduates are welcome to send nominees and any supporting data or letter of support for individuals and teams to Troy Garnhart in the athletic communications office at troy.garnhart@usafa.edu.

The Class of 2017

The Air Force Academy announced its sixth class for induction into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. The class consists of two coaches, five athletes and one team. Legendary coaches Rich Gugat (men’s tennis) and Paul Arata (men’s and women’s swimming), athletes Mike Thiessen (baseball and football), Jim Murphy (track and field), Seth Kelsey (fencing) and Rick McAlister (diving) and the 1995-96 back-to-back NCAA champion women’s swimming and diving teams will be inducted on Saturday, April 15, at 6 p.m. at Colorado Springs Marriott.

For more information on the Class of 2017, click here


Hall of Fame Class 2015
The Class of 2015
Front Row - 1958 Football Team (left to right): Ruben Cubero, Sam Hardage, Brock Strom, George Pupich, Mike Quinlan.
Back Row (left to right): Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson (Superintendent), Dana Lyon (Pounds), Brink Spear (on behalf of the late coach Bob Spear), Maiya Anderson, Gene Miranda, Raymond Dudley, Bart Weiss, Jim Knowlton (Director of Athletics).

Hall of Fame Class 2013
The Class of 2013
From left to right: Karen Gillespie (Burton), Patty Gillette (Martinez), Carlton McDonald, Parke Hinman, Fisher DeBerry, Eric Mack.
Hall of Fame Class 2011
The Class of 2011
From left to right: Brian Conboy (for the late Jim Conboy), Lt. Col. Scott Thomas, Gail (Conway) Gray, Chuck Delich, Bob Nieman.
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Hall of Fame Class 2009
The Class of 2009
From left to right: Jim Bowman, Terry Isaacson, Dr. Ben Martin (on behalf of the late coach Ben Martin), Ernie Jennings, Dee Dowis, Callie (Calhoun) Molloy.
Hall of Fame Class 2007
The Class of 2007
From left to right: Michelle Johnson, Alonzo Babers, Pat Clune (on behalf of the late John Clune), Chad Hennings, Brock Strom, Bob Beckel.
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