As student-athletes, they made their marks, racking up the points on the basketball court; leading the pack on the track; ruling the fields of their sports; breaking records. As coaches, they have inspired teams through challenging seasons and led them to victories defined by more than just winning. Now, each holds a special place of honor for all to admire—in the Wheaton College Athletics Yowell Hall of Fame.
Named for Chad Yowell, former director of athletics from 1988 to 2011, the Hall of Fame was established to honor and give permanent recognition to those who have made outstanding contributions in the athletics arena and continue to demonstrate in their lives the values of intercollegiate athletics.
The Athletics Department launched the Hall of Fame in October 2013 at Homecoming, with a celebration in Emerson Dining Hall. Alumnae/i, coaches, student-athletes, faculty and staff attended the event in which the achievements of nine inductees and the 1983 field hockey team were lauded.
“This event was very special. In addition to recognizing the all-time greats, it really highlighted the tremendous athletic program we have, and it gave everyone an opportunity to celebrate as well as reconnect with former teammates and alums,” said John Sutyak ’00, director of athletics and the event’s master of ceremonies. He was a member of the committee that worked to bring the Hall of Fame into fruition and helped select the first inductees.
The committee, composed of faculty and staff, will decide who gets inducted each year. However, all members of the Wheaton community, including alumnae/i and friends of the college, are encouraged to submit nominations.