Middlebury College today announced its 2016 class of inductees into the Middlebury Athletics Hall of Fame class. The third class to be inaugurated, this year’s group includes graduates from five different decades, from as early as 1944 and as recent as 2001. The class includes four men and two women who, combined, played eight different sports for the College. One of the inductees is also being honored for his service as a coach.
The induction ceremony and dinner will be held on Saturday, November 5.
Gordi Eaton, a member of the Class of 1962, officially graduated in 1965 after his academic career was interrupted three times while he represented the United States at the Olympic Games and World Championships. Eaton was second among U.S. finishers at the 1960 Olympics in Squaw Valley, finishing 17th overall. Upon his return to Middlebury, he won the NCAA downhill championship in 1961. He qualified for both the 1962 World Championships and the 1964 Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria, but was unable to compete due to an injury.
Tom Hart ’56
The Middlebury Athletics Hall of Fame is located in the Peterson Family Athletics Complex. The Hall of Fame opened in January 2015, in conjunction with the opening of Virtue Field House, and the inaugural Class of 2014 was inducted. The Hall of Fame will induct up to 10 individuals a year. To be eligible, former student-athletes who are nominated for consideration must be at least 10 years removed from their final year of collegiate competition. Coaches, administrators and staff must have served with distinction and be a minimum of five years removed from their employment with the College in order to receive consideration. Pre- and post-Middlebury accomplishments can factor into a nominee’s candidacy as long as the accomplishments fall within the sphere of athletic achievement, and bear some connection to the nominee’s athletic career at Middlebury.
Nominations are now being accepted for the Class of 2017, which will be inducted in November of 2017. For information about the Middlebury Athletics Hall of Fame, including complete biographies of the inaugural class and a link to the nomination form, please visit: http://athletics.middlebury.edu/traditions/halloffame.