The UW-Oshkosh Athletics Hall of Fame begins a new era this fall as its 45th induction class is the first to join membership during a month other than April or May.
UW-Oshkosh Hall of Fame inductions were held in harmony with the school’s Senior-Athlete Awards Banquet every year since 1974. This past winter, the 2018 Hall of Fame inductions were postponed due to the debut of the Oshcars, a UW-Oshkosh student-athlete awards show that was held in April at The Grand Opera House.
The 2018 UW-Oshkosh Hall of Fame induction ceremony has been rescheduled for 10 a.m. on Sunday, October 14, at UW-Oshkosh’s Alumni Welcome and Conference Center (625 Pearl Avenue). The inductees will also be recognized at halftime of UW-Oshkosh’s football game against UW-Platteville on Saturday, October 13. Induction ceremonies have also been scheduled for Sunday, October 13 in 2019 and Sunday, October 4 in 2020.
The first UW-Oshkosh Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held April 28, 1974 at the Pioneer Inn & Marina. The five inductees were Edward Boguski, Ed Hall, Burton Karges, Robert Kolf and Robert Williams.
In 2017, UW-Oshkosh’s Hall of Fame reached 196 members with the arrivals of Amy (Wing) Barber, Jeff Carl, Brad Clark, Duane Fischer, Craig Lieder, Michael Neumann and Brian Tomalak.
Four venues have hosted UW-Oshkosh’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony – The Pioneer Inn & Marina (1974-2001), Hilton Garden Inn (2002), UW-Oshkosh’s Reeve Memorial Union (2003-13) and UW-Oshkosh’s Alumni Welcome and Conference Center (2014-Present).
Nearly 125 men and women are on the list of candidates for the 2018 UW-Oshkosh Hall of Fame induction class. The 13-member selection committee of Terry Barth, Carrie Bores, Helen Briwa, Erin Coppernoll, Steve Francour, Bob Harrington, Mark Joel, Chris Jones, Craig Lieder, Darryl Sims, Kennan Timm, Deb Vercauteren and John Wollner will announce the 2018 inductees on Monday, August 6.
The UW-Oshkosh Hall of Fame was established to pay tribute and give deserved acknowledgement to former athletes, coaches and friends of the University. It is also intended to enhance school tradition by honoring those people who have exhibited exceptional ability or given distinctive recognition to the UW-Oshkosh athletics program while on campus or since graduation.