Oredigger Hall of Fame taking nominations

The Digger Athletic Association Hall of Fame Committee is taking nominations for the Montana Tech Athletics Hall of Fame. The Digger Athletics Hall of Fame features student-athletes and coaches going back as far as the 1920s to All-Americans in recent history.

The inductees will be honored at the first home football game this fall. The home opener for Montana Tech is Sept. 21 against UM-Western.

The Digger Athletic Association inducted former Oredigger football standouts Brian Nickel and Stephen Burns last fall. Both were named first team All-Americans after the 2009 season.

Individuals can be nominated a number of different ways. Student-athletes, teams, coaches and contributors are all eligible for nomination into the Montana Tech Athletic Hall of Fame under specific criteria.

To be eligible as a student-athlete, the nominee must have competed 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 NAIA National Championship or post-season performance. 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.

The nomination process will conclude Aug. 1 with voting by the committee following directly after. Click here for nomination guidelines. Click here for a nomination form.

— Montana Tech Sports Information

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