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Northern Arizona University Athletic Hall of Fame By-Laws/Procedures

I. PURPOSE

To recognize former Northern Arizona University athletes, former coaches and staff and others associated with the University have distinguished themselves in the field of athletes, either by virtue of their performance on the athletic teams representing the University of by outstanding contributions on behalf of athletics.

II. BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Annual selection of new inductees into the Northern Arizona Athletic Hall of Fame shall be the responsibility of the Board of Directors. Membership on the Board shall be determined by already appointed Board members. The Board will be sensitive to gender balance of its membership.

Hall of Fame Board of Directors Composition

1. Membership

                The committee shall be comprised of a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 12 voting members. A minimum of three female Board members should serve on the board at all times. A member of the Board of Directors should have a good knowledge of NAU Athletics, past and present, and fit one of the following categories in order to serve on the committee:

                a. Athletics Director

                b. Assistant Athletics Director for Communications

                c. Senior or Associate Athletics Director

                d. Hall of Fame Member

                e. Community Member

                f. University Member

                g. Alumni Representative

 

2. Appointment and Term

                The Board members will serve on a staggered rotation basis. Each Board member (except for athletics personnel) shall be appointed to a three (3) year term. There is no limit on the number of times a Board member may be reappointed. The Athletics Department will make recommendations to the Board to fill any vacancies.

III. NOMINATION AND VOTING PROCEDURE

1. Nomination

                The NAU Athletics Communications office will distribute nomination information to campus, alumni and other local and regional media outlets. To nominate a candidate, the nominee must fill out the official nomination form available via the athletics communications office. Nominations will be open from January 15 to February 15 of each calendar year. The Hall of Fame Board of Directors will meet the first week of March to discuss the nominees. All votes shall be turned in no later than April 1. The Hall of Fame inductees will be released no later than the first week of May. Absentee votes will be accepted for members unable to attend the meeting.

2. Voting Procedure

                Once an individual and/or team have been nominated to the Hall of Fame, they will remain on the list of nominees for the years to come.

a. All qualified nomination forms will be emailed and/or mailed to each Hall of Fame Board Member. All board members are expected to read each nomination form and select their Top 10 nominees and submit those ten to the Assistant A.D. for Communications.

b. The top ten selected from the voting members will be returned to the board members. Each board member is expected to re-read the top ten selected and cast their votes, ranking their choices from 10 to 1 (high to low).

c. Votes will be tallied and the Hall of Fame class will be decided by point total. No more than four individuals and one team will be named to a class in a single year.

 

IV. CRITERIA

A. Individual Student –Athletes:

Individuals must have completed intercollegiate eligibility at least five years prior to selection. An athlete must have earned two (2) letters in one (1) sport, one (1) letter in two (2) sports, or brought recognition to the Northern Arizona University by his/her athletic accomplishments.

 

1. Accomplishments

Individuals shall be eligible for selection if they participated as a student-athlete and have:

                a. Been named an NCAA champion…

                b. Earned All-America recognition…

                c. Participated in the Olympic Games…

                d. Set a world or conference record ...

                e. Earned All-conference honors…

                f. Been named a scholar-athlete…

                g. Succeeded as a professional athlete…

                h. Have had comparable achievements/standards of previous hall of fame inductees.

2.  Academic Standing

To be eligible for selection, a former student-athlete shall have been in good academic standing during his/her enrollment at the University.

3. Good Citizenship

The individual must possess and shall have possessed such qualities as sportsmanship, character and integrity.  The individual must not have been convicted of or pled guilty to a felony.

B. Coaches:

Individuals must have coached at least five (5) years at Northern Arizona University with final season completed at least five years prior to selection. Coaches currently on staff are eligible for nomination after 10 years of continuous employment.

1. Accomplishments

  1. Won-loss records…
  2. National championships, conference championships…
  3. Contributions to the sport on a state, regional or national level…
  4. Recognition by peers (ie. Coach of the Year, etc.)...
  5. Achievements in public life are desirable qualifications.

2. Good Citizenship

The individual must possess and shall have possessed such qualities as sportsmanship, character and integrity.  The individual must not have been convicted of or pled guilty to a felony.

C. NAU Support Staff:

1. Accomplishments

Desirable qualifications include contributions to the field of intercollegiate, interscholastic or professional sports, and achievement in public life. Recognition by peers (ie. Hall of Fame, etc.) and contributions to the profession on a state, regional or national level will be highly regarded.

2. Good Citizenship

The individual must possess and shall have possessed such qualities as sportsmanship, character and integrity.  The individual must not have been convicted of or pled guilty to a felony.

D. Team:

1. Accomplishments

Must have completed intercollegiate season at least five years prior to selection. In the interest of pre-planning, the Board may utilize prior voting results and /or select national anniversary dates to select teams for induction.

                a. Conference championship…

                b. National ranking or recognition…

                c. Individual honors and/or comparable achievements/standards of previous hall of fame inducted teams.

 

2. Good Citizenship

Nominees associated with the team must also have served as positive ambassadors for the University. Individuals associated with the team must possess and shall have possessed such qualities as sportsmanship, character and integrity.  Individuals must not have been convicted of or pled guilty to a felony. 

E. Contributor:

An award to recognize an extraordinary contribution or achievement by someone on behalf of Northern Arizona University.

a. Accomplishments

Desirable qualifications shall be given for recognition received, as well as contributions to the university. It will be recognized as the highest honor given by the athletics department outside induction to the Hall of Fame, which is limited to former student-athletes, coaches and staff. Nominations will be accepted on an annual basis but the Board will not be required to select a candidate(s) each year. No more than one contributor will be recognized each year.

V. ELECTION NOTIFICATION/ACCEPTANCE

The Athletics Director or his/her designee will contact all individuals chosen for the Hall of Fame. They may delay their acceptance of the honor based on availability to attend the Fall banquet for a unlimited number of years. They will automatically be placed in the election class the following year.

 

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