NEW YORK - Columbia Athletics will induct 18 former student-athletes, two former
head coaches, an athletics administrator, a special individual and two of its
greatest teams, the 1933 Rose Bowl champion football team and the 1988 NCAA
champion men's fencing team, in the 2012 Class of the Columbia University
Athletics Hall of Fame.
will occur at a special ceremony in Low Memorial Library on Columbia
University's Morningside Campus on Thursday, October 18, 2012. The inductees
have been selected by a vote of a selection committee of Columbia Athletics
affiliates, including alumni and athletics administrators.
members of the Columbia Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2012 are among the
brightest stars in the history of our athletics program," says Dr. M.
Dianne Murphy, Director, Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education at
Columbia. "Each of these tremendous individuals - and our celebrated teams
- are truly deserving of induction."
University has fielded teams for intercollegiate athletics competition since
the mid-1800s. Some records indicate that the first intercollegiate sporting
event in which Columbia participated in was a rowing race in New York City in
members of the Class of 2012 of the Columbia University Athletics Hall of Fame
are former Major League pitcher Frank Seminara, College Football Hall of Famers
William Morley and Harold Weekes, Honda Award winner Caroline Bierbaum,
legendary men's basketball coach Jack Rohan and New England Patriots owner
Robert K. Kraft.
Four of the
student-athletes who will be honored in this year's class are first-time
nominees, including Bierbaum, four-time All-American fencer Emma Baratta,
former Ivy League Player of the Year and Ivy League women's soccer champion
Shannon Munoz, and All-American and eight-time Ivy League 400m Champion and Olympic
runner Erison Hurtault.
The Class of
2012 of the Columbia University Athletics Hall of Fame includes 14 men, eight
women and two teams representing 10 different sports.
the Columbia University Athletics Hall of Fame were submitted by the general
public from November 2010 through March 2012. Inductees are eligible in the
following categories: Category 1: Former Male Student-athlete - Heritage Era (1852-1957),
Category 2: Former Male Student-athlete - Modern Era (1957-present), Category
3: Former Female Student-athlete, Category 4: Coaches - Heritage Era
(1852-1957), Category 5: Coaches - Modern Era (1957-present), Category 6: Team,
Category 7: Athletics Administrators and Staff, Category 9: Special Category
for Individual Achievement.
the black-tie dinner and induction ceremony are available by calling Cathleen
Clark at (212) 851-9610. Media members may contact Darlene Camacho at (212)
854-2535 for information regarding press credentials.
The members of the
Class of 2012 of the Columbia University Athletics Hall of Fame are:
Former Male Student-athletes - Heritage Era
Former Male Student-athletes - Modern Era
Neil Farber '65CC,
Ted Gregory '74CC,
Former Female Student-athletes
Nora Beck '83BC,
'06CC, cross country/track and field
'04CC, cross country/track and field
Team - Heritage Era (1852-1957)
1933 Football Team
Team - Modern Era (1957-present)
1988 Men's Fencing
Coach - Heritage Era (1852-1957)
Coach - Modern Era (1957-present)
Jack Rohan, Men's
Basketball, 1961-74, 1990-95
Marion R. Philips,
Former Chair, Physical Education, Barnard College
Robert K. Kraft
'63CC, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, New England Patriots and Owner and
Chief Executive Officer, The Kraft Group