WEST POINT, N.Y. From the formative days of Army’s long-standing athletic program, through the national dominance of the Black Knights’ grid teams to latter-day successes along a diverse spectrum of sports, the 14 members of the Army Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2005 have woven their names throughout the fabric of the Academy’s rich intercollegiate athletic history.
Comprising just the second class to be enshrined in the Army Sports Hall of Fame, this 14-person group encompasses 14 sports and includes 11 athletes, a pair of coaches and one player-coach. The inductees, who combined to earn 16 All-America certificates and set 45 Academy records, coached or played during 10 different decades.
Three members of the class served as the initial head coach of their respective programs while two coaches each became the winningest mentors in a pair of Army sports. Three class members have been enshrined in four other halls of fame, while one was an Olympian and another won the Outland Trophy.
The Class of 2005 includes Dan Browne (men’s track and field/cross country), Joe Casey (men’s soccer), Doug Kenna (football/men’s basketball/tennis), Deann Machlan (volleyball), Steve Marshall (gymnastics), Mike Mayweather (football), Dennis Michie (football player/football coach), Leo Novak (track and field/cross country/men’s basketball coach), Pam Pearson (women’s basketball/track and field), Holly Pedley (women’s soccer), Dave Rost (hockey), Joe Steffy (football), Eric Tipton (baseball/sprint football coach), Gary Winton (men’s basketball player/softball coach).
“For the second year in a row, the Army Sports Hall of Fame will induct an impressive group,” stated Army Athletic Director Kevin Anderson. “The combined resume of these 14 individuals reflects athletic achievement at the highest level across a broad spectrum of sports. Many, many athletes and coaches have helped shape the Academy’s storied athletic legacy, dating back to the 1890s, and to be singled out of that extensive list for inclusion into the Army Sports Hall of Fame is certainly a most prestigious and impressive honor.
“After participating in this process for the first time this past spring, I was impressed by the professionalism, dedication, attention to detail and passion demonstrated by all involved, particularly those folks on the selection committee,” Anderson added. “In addition, the members of the USMA Athletic Committee, as well as Superintendent Lt. General William J. Lennox, have once again been vital components in the selection process by providing pinpoint leadership and guidance as we continue striving to ensure that the Army Sports Hall of Fame truly represents all corners of our long-standing and rich athletic tradition.”
The Army Sports Hall of Fame is a subset of the Kenna Hall of Army Sports, a comprehensive museum display of Army's proud intercollegiate athletic program. It is located on the third floor of Kimsey Athletic Center, Army's mammoth football training facility that opened during the spring of 2003.
The introduction of the Army Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2005 marks the end of a lengthy selection process that began during the spring. A 10-member selection committee representing athletic administrators, academic administrators, former West Point athletes, graduates and representatives from the Association of Graduates began the process of developing a workable list from the thousands of athletes and coaches that have represented the Academy on the "fields of friendly strife." Only athletes that graduated the Academy were considered and only those five years removed from their playing and coaching days are eligible.
In addition, the selection committee followed a charter, established to support the Army Sports Hall of Fame, that profiled a myriad of strict eligibility requirements for former cadet-athletes, coaches and administrators to be considered. "Primary" consideration for election to the Army Sports Hall of Fame is granted to accomplishments during an individual's tenure as an athlete, coach or administrator while at West Point. Honors attained or accomplishments that pre- or post-dated Academy careers are granted "secondary" consideration.
Once the selection committee comprised its recommended list, the names were forwarded to USMA's Athletic Committee for its review and ratification before being passed on to USMA Superintendent Lt. Gen. William Lennox Jr., for final approval.
This year’s class will be honored at a special induction banquet on Nov. 11. The Class of 2005 will also be honored during a halftime ceremony the next day when Army's football team hosts Massachusetts at Michie Stadium.