Welcome to the Wesleyan University Athletics Hall of Fame. We hope teammates, family, friends and fans, or those just curious about the colorful history of Wesleyan Athletics will enjoy their visit to this site and to the Hall on campus. We hope the stories of the inductees will remind the Wesleyan community of the integral role competitive athletics has had and can have on the education and development of our students.
The induction of the seventh class to the Wesleyan Athletics Hall of Fame was held on campus Friday, October 17, 2014, during Homecoming. Click here to read about the inductees and their accomplishments.
Above: The six inductees to the Hall of Fame Friday, October 17, 2014. Joe Barry Morningstar '39 (upper left, represented by his son Bruce Morninstar '67); Cochrane Chase '54 (upper middle, represented by his daughter Kathy Williams); Marion Stoj, M.D. '74 (upper right); Thomas Vincent Reifenheiser III '94 (lower left); Sarah D. Hann, DVM '95 (lower middle); J. Elmer Swanson (lower right), all appearing with Master of Ceremonies John Biddiscombe (Athletics Director Emeritus)
Firmly believing the celebration of its athletic legacy to be an important part of a successful athletic program, the Wesleyan University Athletics Hall of Fame grew out of the collaborative work of the Athletics Advisory Council (AAC), founded in the fall of 2006, and the Wesleyan administrative. Though the inventory of outstanding coaches and competitors was especially daunting for early class selection, with significant research and considerable discussion the selection committee was able to provide a slate of inductees representing over 100 years of Wesleyan athletics. The remodeling of the Freeman Athletic Center’s Warren Street lobby was completed prior to the induction of the first class in May 2008.
We hope the Athletics Hall of Fame constitutes a statement about the place and importance of competitive athletics at Wesleyan. It emerges from the stories of competitors and teams, of men and women, true scholar-athletes, of records and teamwork, of character and contribution. Wesleyan’s long athletic history includes world class and national caliber athletes, Olympic medals, NCAA Championships, regional titles and teams that won New England titles or placed in national competition. There are accomplished professional coaches and coaches who have contributed to national associations. Some Wesleyan graduates have been innovators in the evolution of a sport. But most of the stories boil down to students, training, competing, and pursuing excellence in the larger context of their Wesleyan education. It is an exciting story of accomplishment and character, and of virtues such as perseverance, courage, loyalty, teamwork and generosity.
We believe their stories together weave an exciting tapestry. We hope it entertains visitors and inspires current Wesleyan athletes by reminding them that they are part of a rich and proud tradition.
So, welcome, enjoy and stay tuned. There is more to come. The eighth class is due to be inducted in October, 2016.