COLUMBUS, Ohio - Six players, two coaches, and two teams were inducted this past weekend into the Columbus State Athletics Hall of Fame as the inaugural class.
The induction was held on Sat, Feb 20 in the Delaware Hall Athletic Center. The ten inductees and their families were invited onto the mezzanine to enjoy lunch and watch the women's and men's last home basketball games prior to the ceremony, which took place at halftime of the men’s game.
According to Dr. Tom Habegger, dean of Health & Human Services, "The inaugural hall of fame inductees represent the best of Columbus State. It was a challenging decision given the high quality of nominees for this honor but I am pleased of the committee’s selections.” 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 inaugural 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 California 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. "As Columbus State nears 30 years of sponsoring intercollegiate athletics, it was time for the institution to reflect upon its many champions both on and off the court", said Dr. Habegger.
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. Beginning in the 2016-17 academic year, all sports will be competing at the DIII level.
Dr. Habegger concluded, "As we look forward to future hall of fame classes, the 2016 inductees set a strong foundation for future hall of fame selections".