Trigg County High School is creating an athletic hall of fame to recognize and honor the rich tradition of athletic excellence in the county. The hall of fame’s inaugural class will be announced in mid-December, with an induction ceremony and banquet to be held in early 2011.
“It has long been a desire of mine to see Trigg County High School establish an overall Athletic Hall of Fame. We have a rich athletic history in many sports and have had many outstanding male and female athletes as well as coaches and others who have made great contributions to our athletic programs,” said current TCHS boys basketball coach Mike Wright, who also serves on the selection committee.
The hall of fame committee has the full backing of the high school and Trigg County School System and includes current and past TCHS coaches, players, and community members. The group has created several subcommittees to handle the details involved in setting up the banquet itself and to determine who will be inducted.
Athletes, coaches, and contributors to athletic programs at TCHS will be considered for induction to the hall of fame, based on criteria that includes, but is not limited to, athletic accomplishments (both in high school and college), contributions to the athletic program, community impact, and citizenship.
Only those athletes that graduated from TCHS or later received their GED will be eligible for the hall of fame, Wright said. However, accomplishments at other pre-consolidation county schools such as Golden Pond, Linton Rogers, Cadiz, and Cerulean will be considered for induction as well.
An athlete must be out of high school for 10 years to be considered for induction, while coaches must be retired for five years.
“I think the honor of being inducted into the Trigg County Athletic Hall of Fame will be a very meaningful experience to all of those voted in. In time, I think our annual Hall of Fame weekend will become a special time that is marked on many people's calendars,” Wright said. “Each year we will have a banquet, complete with meal, to honor the inductees. The inductees will be presented with a plaque to take home and there will also be a plaque placed in a special area of the gymnasium reserved for the Hall of Fame.”
The community will also be asked to submit hall of fame nominations, with those forms available at the high school.