NEW YORK - More than 400 guests packed the Low Library Rotunda for the induction of the Class of 2010 of the Columbia Athletics Hall of Fame. Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger, Chair of the University Trustees, Bill Campbell, members of the Inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame class, former student-athletes, administrators old and new, and fans, family and friends of Columbia Athletics comprised the enthusiastic crowd for the ceremony.
"When you look back at the history of Columbia University
Athletics, the members of this year's Hall of Fame class are etched throughout
some of our brightest moments," says Dr. M. Dianne Murphy, Director,
Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education. "This year's
inductees have made a significant impact to the University, and are truly
deserving of this honor."
Among the members of the Class of 2010 of the Columbia University Athletics Hall of Fame are Beijing Olympic silver medalist in fencing, Erinn Smart, National College Football Hall of Famer Walter Koppisch, US Open Tennis Champion Oliver Campbell, one of Columbia's most beloved coaches, Buff Donelli, and one of his most successful teams, the 1961 Ivy League Champion Football squad.
The 1961 Football team boasts some of Columbia Football's most influential and involved alumni. Bob Asack, Tony Day, Lee Black, Tom Haggerty and Columbia Athletics Hall of Famer Russ Warren, all earned first team All-Ivy League honors that season, while Dick Hassan was named to the All-Ivy League second team.
The captain of the '61 squad, William V. Campbell, is Chair
of the Columbia University Trustees, a former Columbia head football coach, and
National Football Foundation Gold Medal winner. In 2009, the National
Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame renamed the Draddy Trophy in honor
of Campbell. The William V. Campbell Trophy is the most prestigious
academic honor in collegiate football.
The third class of the Columbia University Athletics Hall of Fame includes 14 men, six women and one team representing 11 different sports. The sports represented are: Men's Basketball (3), Football (3), Baseball (2), Men's Swimming & Diving (2), Men's Fencing (2), Women's Fencing (1), Field Hockey (1), Women's Basketball (1), Men's Rowing (1), Men's Soccer (1), Women's Soccer (1), Men's Tennis (1), Wrestling (1), Men's Track & Field (1), Women's Track & Field/Cross Country (1), Softball (1), Women's Swimming & Diving (1).
Nominees for the Columbia University Athletics Hall of Fame were submitted by the general public from November 2008 through March 2010. Inductees are eligible in the following categories: Category 1: Former Male Student-athlete - Heritage Era (1852-1954), Category 2: Former Male Student-athlete - Modern Era (1954-present), Category 3: Former Female Student-athlete, Category 4: Coaches - Heritage Era (1852-1954), Category 5: Coaches - Modern Era (1954-present), Category 6: Teams - Heritage Era (1852-1954), Category 7: Teams - Modern Era (1954-present), Category 8: Athletics Administrators and Staff, Category 9: Special Category for Individual Achievement. More than 200 nominations were submitted for consideration.
Columbia's athletics program has featured some of the most notable names in American sports history. Among the members of the Columbia University Athletics Hall of Fame's inaugural class, inducted in 2006, were baseball Hall of Famers Lou Gehrig 1921-23CC and Eddie Collins 1907CC, college football legends Sid Luckman '39CC and Lou Little (head coach), as well as former Olympic Gold Medalist Swimmer and Honda-Broderick Award-winner Cristina Teuscher '00CC.
The third Athletics Hall of Fame class will be recognized at halftime of the Columbia-Dartmouth football game on Saturday, October 23.