VPA Hall of Fame

News: The VPA’s Hall of Fame Committee will meet during the month of January 2022 to determine the class of 2022. The class of 2022 will be announced in February of 2022 and celebrated on the evening of May 20th, 2022 at the Capital Plaza in Montpelier, VT.


About the VPA Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame was formed in January 2001 to honor and recognize outstanding individuals who through distinguished service and achievement, have excelled in one or more high school athletic programs or activities sponsored by the VPA. Here is the list of those who have been inducted into the VPA Hall of Fame through class of 2020. Those who are eligible may include the following:

  • School Administrators – Those individuals who distinguished themselves as school administrators – principals, assistant principals, athletic & activity directors.  They may have ascended to other roles, but are being nominated for their contributions at the school level.
  • Coaches/Activity Advisors – Those individuals who distinguished themselves as coaches and/or advisors to VPA sponsored activities.
  • Officials – Those individuals who distinguished themselves as athletic or activity officials – referees, umpires, judges, and officials.
  • Athletic/Activity Participants – Those individuals who distinguished themselves in outstanding high school athletic and/or activity participation in high school.
  • Media – Those individuals who distinguished themselves by covering high school athletics and activities through Vermont media outlets.
  • Contributors – Those individuals who distinguished themselves through their contributions to high school athletics and activities that may not be covered by any of the previous categories.

Criteria:

  • Nominees must exemplify the highest standards of sportsmanship, ethical conduct and moral character.
  • Nominees will be judged on their significant and/or long-term contributions to interscholastic activities and athletics on both a local and state-wide basis.
  • The categories of administrator, athlete/activity participant, coach/activity advisor, official, media, and contributor are included on the nomination form in order to clarify which category the nominee is to be considered for. The categories exist for screening purposes only, in order to assist those making the nominations in considering the focus of the supporting information that will accompany the nomination.
  • All candidates for the Hall of Fame, except for the category of student athletes/activity participants, must be at least 40 years of age prior to November 15th of the applicable year in order to be considered for induction. Student athletes/activity participants must be 25 years of age as of the same date.

The Selection Committee will place the nominees for the Hall of Fame in one of the following categories:

  1.  Approved for Induction
  2. “Hold for Future Consideration”- a nominee may be considered again for induction in subsequent years.
  3. “Inactive for Consideration.”  “Inactive” indicates the nominee may be considered for Hall of Fame induction at such time if/when additional information is received.

The VPA Hall of Fame Committee reserves the right to review and remove any existing member of the VPA Hall of Fame for egregious behavior or unprofessional conduct that opposes the VPA’s Mission and Hall of Fame’s high ethical expectations.

Nomination Instructions:

Nomination Form

Deadline for Class of 2022 was January 7th, 2022, and any completed nominations arriving after that date will be added for review of the class of 2023. 

  • NOTE REGARDING COVID DELAY of 2020-21: The VPA Hall of Fame Committee met on 10/16/20 and determined that any pending nominations will not “time out” during 2020-21 (COVID delay) and will be given an additional year of eligibility, wherever they are in the process. Please contact Mike McRaith at mmcraith@vpaonline.org with any questions.
All information on this form must be completed and supporting letters of recommendation received for the candidate to be considered for the following year’s class. The completed nomination form and supporting materials should be sent to: Vermont Principals’ Association Hall of Fame, 2 Prospect Street, Suite #3, Montpelier, VT 05602. Forms may also be submitted on line by e-mailing Mike McRaith mmcraith@vpaonline.org or Bob Johnson bjohnson@vpaonline.org  Once the nomination form is received by the VPA, all action necessary to the selection process shall remain confidential. All information submitted shall be retained by the VPA Hall of Fame.

A nomination is considered to be complete when it contains the following materials:

  1. The nomination form, with all requested information and signatures completed.
  2. Three letters of recommendation, from the nominator and other appropriate individuals that speaks directly to the nominee’s qualifications for the HOF.
  3. Other support material, such as a limited number of newspaper clippings, magazine articles, copies of score books and statistics may be included to help substantiate the accomplishments and contributions of the nominee. These materials should focus on high school accomplishments and contributions and be listed in chronological order.  This information is not required.
In completing and forwarding the nomination packet, please observe the following:
  1. All copies should be 8 1/2” x 11”.
  2. Nominators shall sign the VPA Hall of Fame Nomination Form.
  3. Please type all material so that the copy is legible.
  4. Do not use highlighters to point out specific facts; either underline or draw arrows to mark copy.
  5. Do not use notebooks with plastic sheet protectors.

Hall of Fame Committee Membership

The VPA Hall of Fame Committee works to have representation from different stakeholders. While the nominations can come from anyone, the Committee is made up of volunteers who meet and work throughout the year to review, process, and ensure complete nominations. The organizing, facilitation, and general coordination of the Hall of Fame is led by the VPA’s Assistant Executive Director and supported by the VPA’s Event Coordinator. 

The committee will seek representatives for the following roles, which total 11 possible voting members: 

  • Two representative members, active or retired, of the media
  • A representative member, active or retired, of the VPA Executive Council
  • The Associate Director of the VPA (dedicated to sports/activities leadership)
  • A representative member, active or retired,  from VPA’s Activities Standards Committee
  • A representative member, active or retired of Vermont School Athletic Directors Association
  • Two representative members, from the respective affinity groups among VPA membership 
  • A representative member, active or retired, coach/advisor of VPA member school student athletes
  • A representative member, active or retired official (e.g. umpires, judges, referees) for VPA regulated activities
  • A representative member at large that may not fall within any of the previous categories

Terms of committee membership: With the exception of any VPA related staff, all committee members will serve 5 year terms, with the opportunity to renew one time after five years. Nomination for committee members from different stakeholders (see above) will be forwarded to the hall of fame for consideration (e.g. Executive Council can nominate who from their Council will serve on the Hall of Fame Committee when seats become open). The committee will work to have geographical and gender diversity among its members. 


Hall of Fame Past Inductee List