The Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1990 to "recognize outstanding individuals who have been associated with St. Mary's College." Inductees are elected by a standing committee of the Athletic Hall of Fame. Collectively, this group represents the College's highest distinction in St. Mary's sport.
Originally, the Hall of Fame held inductions every year, but after the Class of 2000, classes are inducted every two years.
In order to join this prestigious group, there are some criteria that a nominee must meet. The first is that the nominee must have been connected to the St. Mary's athletic program as either a player, coach or staff member and have been away from his/her role at the College for five or more years. The second is that the nominee must have been either an all-conference, an all-region, an All-American, a record holder, or garnered national recognition. Next, if the nominee was a student-athlete, he/she must have graduated from SMCM at least five years before the nomination. The nominee must also be a positive role model for student-athletes. And finally, two letters of nomination must be sent from individuals who know the nominee well and are aware of his/her achievements.
The Hall of Fame also includes Legends. Most of the criteria to become a legend is the same as being inducted as a Hall of Fame member. What differs, however, is that while the nominee may not have achieved a level of accomplishment or recognition such as that of record holder or all-conference status, the nominee nonetheless was distinguished in their significant contribution, incentive or inspiration to the team(s), either as a player, coach, or staff member and/or has received recognition in public or private life for their accomplishments and achievements.
Once all of these criteria are met, the Hall of Fame committee meets to review the nominations. After the committee has reviewed all of the nominees, this group decides who will be inducted. The inductees are then notified and a Hall of Fame banquet is held at St. Mary's College, generally in the fall of the year that the induction occurs.