Cougar Athletics Hall of Fame welcomes second class

From left: Vivian Rice, Brett Bowman, Harry Caruso, Eric Welch (on behalf of Leo Trace), Dan Watrous, Michelle Hammond
From left: Vivian Rice, Brett Bowman, Harry Caruso, Eric Welch (on behalf of Leo Trace), Dan Watrous, Michelle Hammond

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four players, one coach, and one former staff member were inducted this past weekend into the Columbus State Athletics Hall of Fame as the second class.

The induction was held on Sun, Feb 19 in the Delaware Hall Athletic Center. The six inductees and their families were invited onto the mezzanine to enjoy lunch and watch the men's last home basketball games prior to the ceremony, which took place at halftime of the men's game.

For a complete list of inductees and their accomplishments, click here.

The inductees were each presented with an award and although speeches were not given, they voiced their appreciation for this honor to the athletics staff. "I am extremely proud of our second class into the Columbus State Athletics Hall of Fame," said athletic director Scott Nichols. "We are so thrilled to recognize these individuals and their accomplishments, some of whom came from as far as Florida to be here. Everyone was so gracious, thankful, and delighted to be honored."

The Hall of Fame was created to honor and remember the greatest players, coaches and administrators in Cougar history.  Columbus State Athletics has a storied tradition dating back to the 1980s when it became a members of the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Columbus State has produced numerous national champions and all-Americans.

The current program boasts seven NJCAA sports, including women's volleyball, women's & men's cross country, women's & men's basketball, and women's & men's golf all competing at the DIII level.