Gone are the rows of wooden plaques representing the 113 individuals and eight teams inducted already into the Hall of Fame. Occupying their place is an interactive display accented with seven oak-and-glass trophy cases, showcasing the college’s eight national championship teams and major award winners.
Necessity brought about the changes. The 15-year-old Hall of Fame had reached full spatial capacity and eight new members were soon to be inducted in November.
“We were simply out of room to display any more plaques,” said longtime Linfield sports information director Kelly Bird. “When we launched the Hall of Fame in 1998, I don’t think anyone envisioned that the physical space within the Paul Durham Foyer would fill up so fast.”
Technology, in the form of two giant 55-inch touch-screen monitors, saved the Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame from gridlock. Visitors to the Hall of Fame can now browse the impressive collection of national championship trophies before arriving at the twin display screens. A tap or two on the flat panel reveals additional information about each inductee, something not possible with the old static layout.
The electronic display also provides access to summaries of every national champion, both team and individual, plus listings of major award winners. Additional features include listings of every current TopCat Club member as well as portals to current Linfield Athletics news and event schedule information.
The custom-built trophy cases not only bring together all the national team championships into one room, they also provide needed room to spotlight major awards, such as All-America quarterback Brett Elliott’s 2005 Gagliardi Trophy.
A collage of graphic images honoring athletic heroes of the past, wrap around the monitors, covering the Hall of Fame from floor to ceiling. Combined, the interactive displays, wall coverings and new cases provide a stunning visual display that provides the “wow factor” that’s sure to be impactful to recruits and special guests.
Rebranded the “Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame and Hall of Champions,” the fresh décor pays tribute to its location inside the Paul Durham Foyer. One of Linfield athletics founding fathers and a charter Hall of Fame member, Durham’s presence was notably understated in the original configuration.
Bird and sports information assistant Katherine Brackmann spearheaded the creative and informational side of the project. Assistant director of athletics-facilities Doug Hire managed the construction side.
ABOUT THE LINFIELD ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME
The Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame, sponsored by AT&T, was established in 1998 as an avenue to honor former outstanding athletes, coaches, staff and contributors and to preserve the memory of their past achievements.
A new class of inductees is honored at the Hall of Fame Banquet each fall. Inductees are chosen from a list of submitted nominations and voted upon by the Hall of Fame Executive and Selection Committees. The 20-member panel is made up of current and former staff members, past inductees, a member of the media, and a former athlete representing each of the preceding six decades.
Nominations may be submitted by any interested person but must be submitted in writing using an official nomination form. Hall of Fame nominations are considered in any one of six categories: Athlete, Coach, Team, Athletics Staff, and Meritorious Service. Nominations must be accompanied by appropriate background information. Official nomination forms may be downloaded here. The deadline to submit nominations each year is April 15.
Athletes, through athletic achievement, must have brought distinction and honor to themselves, to Linfield College and to its intercollegiate program. Athletes are eligible for induction 10 years following their graduation class.
Coaches, athletic administrators, or athletic staff members must have served on the staff for at least 10 years. At the time of induction, they must no longer be active in that position.
Individual non-athletes, who in some manner have made extraordinary contributions to the success of the intercollegiate athletic program, may be considered for a meritorious service award.
Eligibility of teams is based upon exceptional accomplishment at and above the conference level, with the team ranking among the nation's elite.
For additional information, or assistance with submitting a nomination, contact Sports Information Director Kelly Bird (503-883-2439 or firstname.lastname@example.org).