Athletic Hall of Fame Criteria

The Franklin & Marshall College Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1969. The Hall of Fame was designed to honor and memorialize those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Franklin & Marshall athletics and have helped bring recognition, honor, excellence and distinction to the College and its intercollegiate athletic program.

Nomination Process

  • Please fill out the online nomination form as completely and accurately as possible. Please review the eligibility standards below prior to submission. All nominations must be submitted by February 15 to be considered for the upcoming Hall class. Submissions arriving after February 15 will be included with the pool of nominees for the following year. Additional supporting information should be mailed to:

Mickey Blymier
Director of Athletic Communications
Dept. of Athletics
Franklin & Marshall College
College Avenue and James Street
P.O. Box 3003
Lancaster, PA 17604-3003

 

  • Nominations will also be solicited from the following: Alumni, Faculty and Administration, news media, and coaches – past and present.
  • A maximum of five (5) inductees from the five standard categories and a maximum of two (2) veterans may be selected annually. Not more than two (2) from any one sport may be selected in a given year. Of the five standard inductees, one must be a male student-athlete and one must be a female student-athlete.
  • To be inducted, a nominee must receive votes from at least 70 percent of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee. 
  • Each Committee member will be allowed to vote for 15 nominees from all categories.
  • If more than five (5) nominees receive the 70 percent minimum, the top five (5) vote-getters, after satisfying the one man/one woman provision, shall be declared the inductees. 
  • The selection meeting can be in person or conducted via conference call (electronic or telephone) at the discretion of the Diplomat Athletic Club subcommittee in consultation with the Director of Athletics. 80 percent of the voting members must be present for the selection meeting or conference call.
  • Once nominated, each nominee remains on the selection ballot until they are selected into the Hall.

Who is Eligible? 

1. Student-athletes

Eligibility:

  • The nominee must be a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College (the committee may waive this provision only in very special circumstances).
  • The nominee must have earned their bachelor’s degree at least ten years prior to selection.

Criteria:

  • The nominee must have been a starter or significant contributor in one or more sports.
  • The nominee must have demonstrated outstanding ability as measured by record setting performances, individual championships or All-Conference, All-Region, All-America or Olympic status.

2. Team

Eligibility:

  • The team nominee must have completed its season ten (10) years prior to selection. 

Criteria:

  • The team nominee must have won at a minimum a conference, regional or national championship. Where there is no conference or regional championship, exceptions may be granted by the selection committee. 

3. Contributor

Eligibility:

  • The nominee must have served Franklin & Marshall College as a coach, administrator, manager, trainer or any other capacity that served to make significant contributions to the athletic program. 

Criteria:

  • The nominee must have distinguished themselves through exemplary service and commitment to the Franklin & Marshall College athletic program.

4. Special Recognition

Eligibility

  • Must be 10 years removed from the College and have achieved prominent station.

Criteria

  • The Committee recognizes that many athletes carry the lessons learned through intercollegiate competition into their life beyond graduation and the playing field. The Committee has deemed it appropriate to recognize former athletes who have achieved prominence in their professional or personal pursuits, and other former athletes whose accomplishments reflect well on, and serve as a source of pride for, the College and Department of Athletics.

5. Veteran

Eligibility

  • Must be 40 years removed from the College and fall into one of the four standard Hall categories. 

Criteria

  • The Committee recognizes that many outstanding athletes competed prior to the tracking of statistics and the bevy of postseason honors awarded each year, as such, two veterans will be eligible for induction in each class, and shall not count against the class’ total number.

Hall of Fame Selection Committee

  • Standing – Director of Athletics and Recreation (Patricia S.W. Epps), A.D. Emeritus (Dr. William "Doc" Marshall),  Senior Associate Director of Athletics (Shawn Carty), Director of Athletic Communications (Mickey Blymier), Director of the Diplomat Athletic Club (Dan Wagner)
  • Rotating – DAC Subcommittee