By David Wilson
Nominations for the Cal Poly Pomona Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2018 are due by tomorrow to the Athletic Department website.
This will be the third class since the department relaunched the Hall of Fame in 2014 following an 11-year absence.
Before 2014, the Hall of Fame was located inside the athletic department in a small conference room that was mostly closed off to the public.
“It was an old room with old wood paneling. The plaques looked a little dated,” Athletic Director Brian Swanson said. “Although I was very appreciative that the Hall of Fame had existed, we were looking for something to give it a very fresh look and a modernized presentation to honor our hall of famers.”
Plaques for the 60 members of the Hall of Fame, now, hang in the lobby of the Kellogg Arena.
Swanson became athletic director in 2005, two years after the last class was inducted before 2014.
According to Swanson, the department began laying the groundwork for the relaunch in 2012 and selected 2014 to go along with the school’s 75th anniversary celebration.
While the location and presentation of the hall was changed, the criteria for selecting nominees remained the same except for a small revision from the Hall of Fame selection committee.
“The criteria was in place, and we continue to look at the criteria with our committee and if there’s any changes or edits to that we can,” Swanson said. “Because we would like it to be the same standard that you’re getting in that the other legacy members were in. We didn’t really change it much.”
According to the Athletic Department website, categories for nominees include, primary candidates, veteran candidates, academic candidates, administrators, coaches and teams.
Up to eight primary candidates and one veteran candidate (athletes who participated before 1985) may be selected in a class.
The category of team nominations was added by the department in 2014 in part based on the hall of fames at other institutions and honoring members of CPP’s 14 national championships that won’t all be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Swanson and the department decided to induct classes every other year to allow for more selectivity and to expand “the pool of candidates” of current and former Broncos.
The selection committee is comprised of the department’s administrative staff that votes individually on nominees based on a ranking system.
The individual rankings are brought together to create the class.
The last two classes had four members, and Swanson described there being “a distinct line” separating the inductees from the other candidates based on the committee member’s votes.
For the Class of 2018, inductees will be announced in the spring to give inductees, alumni and current hall of famers some time to plan and attend the banquet in February.
The format of the event is changing this year to a Friday brunch from Friday night due to a change in the basketball schedule.
“This gives us an opportunity to do something a little different,” Swanson said. “It’ll be a different look for us this year and even the organization and what we’re talking about and how it will be presented will be a little different.”
Applications for nominees can be submitted to broncoathletics.com through Nov. 1.
David Wilson / The Poly Post
The remodeled Hall of Fame is located in the lobby of Kellogg Arena
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