Nine former student-athletes and coaches were honored at a ceremony at McKale Center on Friday.
Nov. 4, 2011
TUCSON -The University of Arizona Department of Intercollegiate Athletics inducted its 36th class into the Sports Hall of Fame in an induction ceremony and reception on Friday, November 4, as part of the annual Homecoming festivities.
In a ceremony hosted by Brian Jeffries, Director of Athletics Greg Byrne and Deputy Director of Athletics Rocky LaRosepresented each honoree with a plaque and a banner was raised in each inductee's honor in the Jim Click Hall of Champions.
The 2011 Class includes:
Simon Burnett, Men's Swimming and Diving, 2002-03-2005-06
Frank Busch, Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving, Head Coach, 1989-2011
Robert Cheseret, Men's Cross Country and Track and Field, 2002-03-2005-06
Lyndon Ferns, Men's Swimming and Diving, 2002-03-2005-06
Kim Glass, Volleyball, 2002-03-2005-06
Trevor Hoffman, Baseball, 1987-88-1988-89
Alicia Hollowell, Softball, 2002-03-2005-06
Shawntinice Polk, Women's Basketball, 2001-02-2005
Marshi Smith, Women's Swimming and Diving, 2002-03-2005-06
On Saturday, November 5, the newly inducted honorees will also participate and ride in the Homecoming Parade and the weekend's events conclude with a half-time presentation on the field of Arizona Stadium, during which time the inductees will be introduced and recognized.
The Arizona Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1976 with a charter membership of 18 individuals and two teams. With Friday's induction ceremony, membership will be a total of 308 individuals and 38 teams. Membership includes those who laid the foundation for Arizona's athletic success; including Art Luppino, James "Pop" McKale, Mary Roby and Mo Udall, as well as those who have continued to push Arizona Athletics into the national spotlight, such as Sean Elliott, Tedy Bruschi, Lorena Ochoaand Amanda Beard.
Plaques describing the athletic accomplishments of all Sports Hall of Fame members hang in the hallways of McKale Memorial Center, and are marked in bronze on the walkways of the Eddie Lynch Athletics Pavilion Plaza on the north side of McKale Memorial Center.
Former student-athletes become eligible for the University of Arizona Sports Hall of Fame induction five years after completing their athletics eligibility. Championship teams are eligible immediately following the exemplary season.
Each year, the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame Selection Committee, composed of administrators, faculty, staff and alumni, reviews the accomplishments of hundreds of alumni student-athletes who have been privileged to wear the University's cardinal red and navy blue. The Committee's task is to identify those few who meet the qualifications for induction.
Selection is based upon the candidate meeting one or more of the following criteria: first-team All-America, NCAA Champion, world record setter, Olympic medalist, NCAA statistical leader, professional athletic success, distinguished him/herself as a "pioneer" student-athlete or significant contributor to UA Athletics while at the University or after graduation. Nomination forms can be found at www.arizonawildcats.com under Traditions & Heritage.