Oredigger athletics seek Hall of Fame nominations

The Digger Athletic Association is seeking nominations for the 2016 Hall of Fame induction class.

Montana Tech Awards Weekend is scheduled for next fall for the weekend of September 16-17. The Oredigger football teams hosts Rocky Mountain College Battlin’ Bears.

The weekend event includes a Hall of Fame induction reception on Friday night. The Oredigger award winners from the previous year will also be honored. This includes Ed Simonich Award winner David Meis and Peggy Sarsfield Award recipients Sydney Norris and Hattie Thatcher. The new Hall of Famers will also be honored at the football game on Saturday.

Individuals can be nominated as student-athletes, coaches, teams, contributors or as a Legacy.

To be eligible as a student-athlete, the nominee must have completed a minimum of two years and completed their athletic career at Montana Tech or Montana School of Mines. The individual must be out of school at least ten years and had a distinguished athletic career at Tech or following their attendance at the university. Academic standards are also considered but are not required criteria. First team All-Americans are automatically entered into the Hall of Fame.

Teams and coaches have separate criteria than individuals. A team may be nominated for induction based on extraordinary accomplishments such as a Conference Championship or post-season performances. National Championship teams are automatic selections after the mandatory ten year waiting period.

To be eligible as a coach, the individual can no longer be coaching, won a conference championship and made a positive impact toward achieving excellence in the classroom and on student-athletes.

Contributors are eligible if they made a significant positive impact on the Athletic Department as a student-athlete, coach, administrator or volunteer. The individual can no longer be employed at Montana Tech.

To be eligible as a Legacy, the individual must be removed from playing or coaching at Montana Tech by a minimum of 40 years.

Nomination guidelines, forms and current Hall of Fame can be found at godiggers.com.

For more information about the Montana Tech Hall of Fame and the nomination process, contact Montana Tech Sports Information Director Nick Bowsher at 496-4737 or at nbowsher@mtech.edu.

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