May 9, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Former Air Force head wrestling coach Wayne Baughman will be one of seven inductees in the Class of 2012 of the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame, as announced by the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation on Wednesday.
Baughman and his fellow inductees will be honored at the annual Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony, set for Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the Colorado Springs World Arena. It begins with a 6:00 p.m. reception and famed sports silent auction, with the program starting at 7:00 p.m.
Baughman, an Oklahoma native, has resided in Colorado Springs for over four decades, spending 27 years at the helm of the Falcons' wrestling program before retiring in 2006. The decorated coach and wrestler was a three-time All-American and a national champion at the University of Oklahoma, and was also a member of three U.S. Olympic teams. Baughman is also the only individual to win national titles in all four styles of wrestling--collegiate, freestyle, Greco-Roman and Sombo.
Baughman was also the head coach for the 1976 U.S. Olympic team at the Games in Montreal and was a charter member of the USOC's Athletes Advisory Council, as well as a member of the USOC Board of Directors from 1976-1980, through the controversial United States boycott of the Moscow Games.
A world-class mountain climber, ultra-marathoner and triathlete, Baughman has already been inducted into the Helms Wrestling Hall of Fame and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
"Coach Baughman not only personifies Air Force Wrestling, but the warrior ethos we strive to instill in all our cadets," said Col. William Walker, Air Force Vice Director of Athletics. "I've known Coach Baughman since I first wrestled for him as an 18-year-old and I can say, without a doubt, I've never met a tougher individual. He's more demanding than anyone I've ever known, but he'd never make someone do something he hadn't done hundreds of times himself. He'd also give you the shirt off his back....truly a special individual."
Other inductees in the class of 2012 include Duane Goldman, Barry Helton, George Killian, Christy Krall and the Cheyenne Mountain High School girls' tennis program. In addition, Frank Aires and Phil Johnson will receive the Col. F. Don Miller Award, while Tom James is being honored with the Thayer Tutt Sportsman Award.
Reservations for tables or seats for the event can be made by calling Lincoln Floyd at the Sports Corp (719) 634-7333, ext. 1000 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.