WEST POINT, N.Y. The Army Athletic Association welcomed seven new members into the Army Sports Hall of Fame during a “black-tie” induction banquet Friday evening at West Point’s Eisenhower Hall. ESPNU sportscaster Clay Matvick served as the master of ceremonies for the festive event, held in the Ball Room overlooking the scenic Hudson River.
The Class of 2007 features an individual national champion, a three-sport All-American, a former athletic director, a member of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, a record-setting pitcher, two inductees of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame and a tennis and squash standout.
Tom Cafaro (lacrosse), Alma Cobb (track and field and basketball), Barry DeBolt (baseball), Arnold Galiffa (football, baseball and basketball), Charles Oliver (tennis and squash), Carl Ullrich (former athletic director) and “Lighthorse” Harry Wilson (football, lacrosse and basketball) comprise the fourth class of the Army’s Sports Hall of Fame. The group was honored during a special “plaque unveiling” ceremony at the Kenna Hall of Army Sports on Friday afternoon before the formal induction banquet later in the evening.
The honorees, including the first administrator to be elected, cover eight sports and brings the total number of Army Sports Hall of Famers to 48.
The first civilian athletic director at West Point and the first administrator to be inducted into the Army Sports Hall of Fame, Ullrich delivered the acceptance speech on behalf of the class.
“This was not a one-man show for any of us that were inducted here tonight,” Ullrich stated during his speech. “None of us would be here tonight without our team -- our family at home and those who supported us at the Academy over the years. What a wonderful honor to be here with you tonight.”
In addition to the seven inductees, Herb Lichtenberg, Lou Gross and Lew Zickel, longtime friends of the Army athletic program were presented the ODIA Distinguished Service Award.
The group will be honored during a special halftime ceremony at Saturday’s Army-Temple football contest. The game will be televised nationally by ESPNU with kickoff at Michie Stadium slated for 12:04 p.m.