The Occidental College Athletics Hall of Fame honors members of the Occidental community for outstanding achievement in competition and/or service, dedication, and commitment to Occidental athletics. Operating under the authority of Occidental College, the Athletics Hall of Fame Committee selects and inducts individuals and teams worthy of recognition while upholding the integrity of the institution and its athletics program.
HALL OF FAME CATEGORIES, CRITERIA, AND CANDIDACY
ATHLETE – Candidates nominated in this category must have displayed extraordinary ability and performance while participating in athletics and must be 10 or more years removed from college. Individual honors such as All-American, All-SCIAC, and All-Region or era-appropriate recognition are important criteria. Candidates must be of “alumni” status (must have satisfactorily completed two consecutive semesters in good standing at Occidental).
COACH – Candidates nominated in this category must have made outstanding contributions to the field of athletics through coaching, teaching, mentoring and/or serving the Occidental athletic community. Superior coaching record is important, but founding programs and dedication to athletics and the student-athlete experience should be considered. Active coaches are eligible.
EXTRAORDINARY SERVICE – Candidates nominated in this category must be an outstanding contributor to Occidental athletics through professional service, support and/or volunteer work. The individual should have been a member of the Occidental athletic community for a significant period of time.
TEAM – Candidates nominated in this category must have an outstanding record or accomplishment such as an NCAA championship or finalist, SCIAC championship, or undefeated season. Teams that overcome tremendous adversity or personified the College’s mission should be considered. Only one team can be selected in a given year. The team must be 10 years removed from the nominated season. A team may only be nominated for one season at a time (1998, not 1996-1998). All official members of the coaching staff and roster will share the honor. The “team,” not its individual members, is in the Hall of Fame.
Notes: In the selection process it will be important to recognize that intercollegiate athletics and sport in general have changed significantly over time. Performance in different decades should not be compared.
Once nominated, a candidate remains in the pool of potential honorees indefinitely, or until such time they are inducted.
A working group was established in 2010 with the purpose of developing an Occidental College Athletic Hall of Fame. The group was charged with the creation of a sustainable model for recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of participants in Occidental Athletics. The process included research regarding:
- Selection committee composition
- Voting criteria
- Nomination process
- Criteria of nominees
- Creation of the HOF mission
- Creation of the HOF bylaws
- Role of the steering committee
- Logistics of the HOF ceremony
During the initial years of the HOF, the steering committee will serve to assist the selection committee in the collection of potential nominees and any needed research. The primary role of the steering committee will be to narrow nominations to a workable number. The need for this committee will be re-examined in Year 5.
SELECTION COMMITTEE COMPOSITION
The committee will have eight total members.
Three committee members will be permanent members:
- Athletic Director (chair of committee)
- Alumni Relations Office representative
- Sports Information Director
Five committee members will be selected at the discretion of the Chair to serve terms of three years. Once an individual has served a complete term, they may be reappointed only after a three-year hiatus. The intent is to regularly rotate committee members. Three of the five rotating committee members will be Occidental administrators, faculty, faculty emerita, or individuals who have a knowledge and interest in Occidental Athletics (at least one member should be faculty). Two of these committee members shall be Occidental alumni. At least one of the Occidental alumni shall be a current member of a sport-specific hall of fame or, when possible, a member of the Occidental College Hall of Fame.
Terms for at least half (four) of the committee members shall continue through each nomination/induction cycle to ensure a working knowledge of the Hall of Fame is retained by the committee.
Current Occidental coaches cannot serve on the selection committee.
At the selection meeting, voting members will be asked to vote for their top 40 candidates. Nominees who receive at least two votes will continue to the next round. Discussion of remaining candidates will take place prior to the second round of voting. In the second round, voting members will vote for their top 25 candidates. Nominees who receive at least three votes will move on. In the third round members will vote for their top 15 candidates. Nominees receiving at least four votes will continue. Discussion of remaining candidates will take place prior to the fourth round of voting. In the fourth round, voting members will vote for their top 10 candidates. Votes will be tabulated and the top 10 vote-getters will constitute the final pool from which inductees will be chosen.
In the case of a tie, voting members will discuss each nominee in question. A second vote will take place if the committee feels it is necessary after their deliberations.
The Borda Method can be used by the committee in the third and fourth rounds of voting to ensure that the appropriate top 15 and top 10 candidates advance. It is recommended that the Borda Method be used in the event of ties or when voting is very close to ensure that the correct 10 nominees are selected. See the explanation of Borda Method for more information.
The Athletic Director and his/her designate will count the committee’s votes together. All voting will be kept confidential. However, the committee may decide not to induct four candidates in any given year if they believe that the final pool is not worthy of consideration.
These By-Laws may be amended or repealed at any regularly or specially noticed meeting of the Steering Committee by a vote of two-thirds of all members with vote present, provided that a majority of the Steering Committee shall be present throughout the entire meeting.