Tom Hart
Tom Hart
Men’s Basketball, Track & Field
Inducted 2016

Tom Hart, a member of the class of 1956, is the leading rebounder in the history of collegiate basketball. Hart holds the NCAA record for single-season rebounding average with 29.5 per game in both 1955 and 1956, as well as a career rebounding average of 27.6. Twice he pulled down 46 rebounds in a game. He also scored over 1,000 points in his three years on the team, averaging 16 points a game. In his junior year, Hart scored 36 points (then a school record) and grabbed 39 rebounds in a 74-69 win against the University of Vermont. After graduation, Hart played five years of professional basketball.

At 6’4” and 200 pounds, he also dominated track and field competitions, routinely winning four or five events in dual meets.
 
Hart was unbeatable in the pole vault, setting the school record of 12 feet before the fiberglass pole changed the sport. He was just as dominant in the high jump—his Middlebury record of 6’4.5” stood for over 50 years. He often won the broad jump (21’6”) and the sprints, including the 100-yard (best time: 10.2 seconds) and 220-yard (20.2) dashes. If time and energy allowed, Hart also scored points for the Panthers in the hurdles and the javelin.