I want to publicly thank Pam Ambrose, Bill Bullough, and Greg Fox for their hard work on this endeavor, and thank as well everyone who sent in a nomination. The Hall of Fame has been a work in progress, evolving as we felt our way, and it will continue to evolve. We are inducting a limited number of people this year--their names will be announced this morning at the Individual All Star meet and on this blog after the meet. Over the winter, we’ll design a Hall of Fame web page that will list short biographies of each individual and then we will present their awards during next season.
The selection of this first class of inductees was very difficult. First we went through the names of all the people nominated by coaches, team reps, and others. Here are two of the qualities we are looking for:
1. Far-reaching impact. Inductees should have distinguished themselves beyond their home pools. Many people nominated truly wonderful individuals who've done very significant things for their teams. These folks would be excellent candidates for a hall of fame at their pool--and we think that would be a great thing for teams to start. But to be inducted into the MCSL Hall of Fame, an individual should have contributed at the league level or been recognized for their achievements beyond the MCSL.
2. Significant, long-term impact. An individual should have had a significant effect for some extended period of time. We looked at the breadth and depth of a person's contributions.
We want to recognize those nominated individuals who met many of the qualities for induction into the Hall of Fame. They have made significant contributions to the league and may well be inducted in future years. And we hope you will all nominate many more individuals--parents, coaches, and swimmers--who have contributed significantly to the league’s development and the quality of its swimming. At this time we aren’t--with one notable exception--inducting people who are still actively involved in the league.
So, without further ado, here are the wonderful and talented folks who were selected to be Hall of Fame nominees. Many of these individuals will become inductees down the road, and we invite you all to send further descriptions of their achievements to Pam Ambrose, our Hall of Fame chairperson. (And, of course, we invite everyone to send Pam testimonials supporting new candidates as well.)
2008 MCSL Hall of Fame Nominees
Marty Cohen--Mill Creek Towne
Tom Exarhakis--Garrett Park
Bill Ferguson--Flower Valley
Barbara Modine--Garrett Park
Frank Negro--Flower Hill
Bob Palian--Wheaton Haven
Sid Plitman--Wheaton Haven
Paul Vincent--Merrimack Park & River Falls
Pam (Mauro) Ambrose--Country Glen
Brian Camp--Aspen Hill & Robin Hood
Mark Eldridge--Potomac Woods
Kerry Ellett--Garrett Park
Joe Flaherty--Flower Valley & Manchester Farm
Bob Jennings--Quince Orchard
Clay Miller--Connecticut Belair & Woodley Gardens
Rich Bader--Aspen Hill
Tim Bridgham--Woodley Gardens
Beth Cuddeback--Flower Valley
Sharon Flaherty--Flower Valley
Jonathon Lee--Country Glen
Scott Meredith--Carderock Springs
Eileen O’Brien--Wildwood Manor
Michael Raab--Tilden Woods
Grace Whiteis--Regency Estates
Karla Wilson--Aspen Hill