Athletic Hall of Fame
History of the Athletic Hall of Fame
The formulation of the “Amherst Athletes Hall of Fame” was a joint venture of the Amherst Schools and The Amherst Foundation. In June of 1987, Bob Welch, assistant principal at the High School, set up a steering committee made up of Amherst Alumni and Amherst coaches for the purpose of formulating the Amherst Athletes Hall of Fame.
The original steering committee included Dave Dengler, Bob Hettler, Bonnie Hobson, Fred Machemer, Duke McGuire, Rocky Nagel, Rick Walsh, Lois Ward, Debbie Weihrich and Gerry Wright. This Committee met for the first time on July 22, 1987 and set up the qualifications necessary to be nominated for the Hall of Fame. The first induction ceremony took place in 1990.
Athletic Hall of Fame Qualifications
- The person must be out of school or gone from the district for 10 years.
- The person must be an athlete or a coach who made significant athletic contributions to their team or school while they were at Amherst or after High School.
Current Hall of Fame Committee Members
Honorees are recognized at the Tiger Gala in June.
- Kiel Illg, Ph.D. - Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics
- Nancy Riccio - Retired ACSD Director of Athletics
- Emily Warren - Alumni Representative
- Michael McGuire - Alumni Representative
- Tim Wiles - Amherst Central High School Dean of Students
- David Dangler- Retired Board of Education Trustee
- Ken Butka - Retired Teacher Representative