Middlebury Athletics Hall of Fame Charter

MIDDLEBURY ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME CHARTER

I. Introduction

  1. Students at Middlebury College have been competing in intercollegiate athletics since the 1880s when baseball became the College’s first varsity sport. Football followed in the 1890s, and by the 1920s men were competing in track and field, cross-country, basketball, hockey, and tennis. The first women’s intercollegiate athletic competition, meanwhile, took place in 1934 with the women’s ski team holding its inaugural carnival, racing against UVM, McGill, and Skidmore. Meets with rival schools in other sports began the same year and expanded considerably during World War II, when women took a more prominent role in athletics. The late ’60s gave rise to a number of women’s varsity teams, including field hockey, swimming, and lacrosse. Two significant events that occurred shortly thereafter—the formation of the New England Small Colleges Athletic Conference (NESCAC) in 1971 and the passage of Title IX legislation in 1972—further bolstered the opportunities available to male and female student-athletes at Middlebury. While the College boasted Olympians and All-Americans decades earlier, coaches and student-athletes were only able to begin competing at the national level in 1994, when the NESCAC lifted its ban on postseason play. Since then, student-athletes and coaches, with the aid of administrators and staff, have captured 31 national championships as well as the 2012–13 Directors’ Cup, awarded to the school with the best overall team performances in NCAA competition. Furthermore, Middlebury College student-athletes and coaches have received individual honors of the highest possible distinction at the national, regional, and conference level and have achieved similar feats at the professional and Olympic levels.
  2. The purpose of the Middlebury College Athletics Hall of Fame is to commemorate the achievements of those student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and staff who have distinguished themselves through excellence in athletic performance and service.
  3. The Middlebury Athletics Hall of Fame will reserve at least one place in the first 10 classes to be inducted for an individual in the pre-NESCAC era. Student-athletes, coaches, and others from 1971 and later will be defined as modern-day candidates; student-athletes, coaches, and others prior to 1971 will be categorized as pre-NESCAC-era candidates.
  4. This charter will serve as the bylaws for the Middlebury Athletics Hall of Fame following its opening and the induction of its first class in January 2015.

II. Name

  1. The name is the Middlebury Athletics Hall of Fame.

III. Candidacy

  1. There are four distinct categories of candidates: student-athletes, coaches, athletic administrators, and staff members.
  2. For student-athletes, graduation from Middlebury College is a significant consideration for induction into the Middlebury Athletics Hall of Fame. In exceptional cases the Selection Committee may consider decorated student-athletes who left Middlebury in good standing but did not graduate from the College. Former student-athletes who are nominated for consideration must be at least 10 years removed from their final year of competition.
  3. Coaches, administrators, and staff must serve with distinction and be a minimum of five years removed from College employment in order to receive consideration.
  4. Pre- and post-Middlebury accomplishments can factor into a nominee’s candidacy as long as they fall within the sphere of athletic achievement and bear some connection to the nominee’s athletic career at Middlebury.

IV. Nomination Process

The Selection Committee will consider nominations from any source as long as adequate information is provided. Nominations may be made using the online nomination form on the Hall of Fame website or in written form sent to the Director of Athletic Communications. Nominations should include the following information:

  • Name of nominee
  • Graduation year of nominee (if applicable)
  • Nominee category (Student-athlete, Staff, Coach, Administrator)
  • Sport(s) played at Middlebury
  • Athletic accomplishments at Middlebury
  • Comments or other supporting information, including relevant non-Middlebury athletic accomplishments
  • Nominator’s contact information (Name, Email address, Phone number, Alma mater/year, Relation to nominee)

3.  The annual deadline for nominations is December 31. Nominees will be reviewed in the winter, selected in the spring, and inducted in the fall.

4.  All nominations will be considered for a three-year period. If a candidate has not been inducted after three years, he or she must be re-nominated at that time to receive further consideration.

V. Selection & Governing Committees

  1. The Selection Committee will be composed of 10 members and will include at least one coach, one alumnus or alumna, one member of the College faculty, one member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), one member of the athletics or College staff. The Director of Athletic Communications will serve as an ex-officio member and will chair the selection committee, while the senior woman administrator will also be an ex-officio member. The final three members may be drawn from any of the above categories or the College community at large.
  2. Members of the Selection Committee will serve a three-year term, with an option to serve a second consecutive term. The SAAC representative will serve a single two-year term.
  3. The Selection Committee will meet in January, March, and May to review and vote upon nominations for the next class of inductees and to propose any amendments to the charter.
  4. In addition, there will be an ex-officio, four-person Governing Committee, which will consist of the President of the College, the Director of Athletics, the Vice President of College Advancement (or designee), and the Vice President for Communications and Marketing (or designee). The purpose of the group will be to review induction decisions and amendments to the charter. The Director of Athletics will chair the Governing Committee and serve as the budget administrator for the Hall of Fame.
  5. The chair of the Selection Committee and the chair of the Governing Committee will nominate new members for the Selection Committee when vacancies occur and will seek to ensure that the Selection Committee is representative of the Middlebury community and its athletic programs. The nominees will be approved by the full membership of the Governing Committee.
  6. If, under extraordinary circumstances, the Selection Committee votes to induct an individual who does not meet the guidelines for selection outlined in this charter, the decision must be approved by the Governing Committee.

VI. Class Composition

  1. No more than 10 individuals may be inducted in a year. The Selection Committee, at its discretion, may choose to induct no candidates in a given year, but not for two consecutive years.
  2. From 2015–2024, each Hall of Fame class of inductees must include at least one pre-NESCAC-era candidate.
  3. There are no other restrictions regarding the number of modern-day candidates, pre-NESCAC-era candidates, coaches, athletic administrators, or staff who may be inducted in a given year.

VII. Selection Process

  1. At least 7 of the 10 members of the selection committee must be present, either in person or via conference call, in order to satisfy a quorum.
  2. The selection process shall begin with a discussion of all nominated candidates.
    A. Following that discussion, there will be an initial round of voting to reduce the number of finalists to 20 candidates. To accomplish this, each committee member may cast votes in support of up to 10 nominees. 
    B. The committee then will select the inductees from the pool of finalists through a vote. Any nominee receiving 70 percent or more of the votes of the full committee shall be inducted that year, understanding that no more than 10 people may be inducted in a year. In the event more than 10 people receive 70 percent or more of the votes, the committee will vote on those candidates in rank order to reduce the number to no more than 10.
  3. If, at the end of the voting process, more candidates have the requisite number of votes for induction than there are spaces available, the nominees with the most votes will be inducted first.
  4. If there are multiple candidates with an equal number of votes for the final spot, a run-off vote will determine which candidate receives induction into the current class.
  5. Should a member of the selection committee also be a candidate for the Middlebury Athletics Hall of Fame, he or she must recuse him or herself.

VIII. Announcement & Ceremony

  1. The Director of Athletics or his or her designee will inform the individuals selected for induction immediately following the decision.
  2. The induction ceremony will occur in the fall.

IX. Amendments & Review

  1. This charter will be reviewed annually and members of the Selection Committee and Governing Committee may propose amendments.
  2. In order to pass, proposed amendments must receive support from two-thirds of the Selection Committee.
  3. The Governing Committee will have veto power over all proposed amendments made by the Selection Committee.