The Middlebury Athletics Hall of Fame was founded in 2014 to commemorate the achievements of those student-athletes, coaches and staff who have distinguished themselves through excellence in athletic performance and service.
The first class of five inductees was inaugurated in January of 2015 in conjunction with the opening of the College’s new field house. Subsequent classes will be inducted each fall in accordance with terms of the Hall of Fame Charter.
Male students at Middlebury College have been competing in intercollegiate athletics since the 1880s. The first women’s intercollegiate athletic competition took place in 1934 with the women’s ski team holding its first ever carnival. The formation of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) in 1971 and the legislation of Title IX in 1972 further bolstered the opportunities available to male and female student-athletes at Middlebury.
While the College boasted Olympians and All-Americans over many decades, coaches and student-athletes were allowed to compete at the national level only in 1994, when the NESCAC lifted its ban on postseason play. Since then, Middlebury student-athletes and coaches, with the aid of administrators and staff, have captured 32 national championships as well as the 2011-12 Director’s Cup, awarded to the school with the best overall team performances in NCAA competition within its division.