La Salle athletic heritage is one rich in tradition, full of achievement and bursting with pride. To recognize the individuals and teams that make up this proud heritage, the Alumni Association founded the Hall of Athletes.
It is amazing, though not surprising, when you discover that among these members are seven Olympians, one gold medalist, three national players of the year, two world record holders and two national championship teams - to mention just a few of the accomplishments of this special collection of La Salle alumni and friends.
The Alumni Association inducted its first class in 1961. The inaugural class included the names synonymous with La Salle athletics: Tom Gola, Al Cantello, Ira Davis, Joe Verdeur and Francis Loughney.
Newly Renovated Hall of Athletes
Each year the Alumni Association gathers to celebrate not only the accomplishments of a new class of inductees but also to remember the individuals and teams that make up the La Salle Hall of Athletes. In 2009, the Alumni Association partnered with the La Salle Athletic Department to renovate and upgrade the Hall of Athletes display located on the first floor of Hayman Hall, just outside of Kirk Pool.
The renovation was completed just before the start of the basketball season in fall 2009 and now features a touch screen video display, a vintage photo collage of our five original inductees, and of course, the profiles of each member of this special fraternity.
The redesign of the Hall of Athletes presentation is only a part of the recent renovation of the entire first floor of Hayman Hall - a renovation that highlights the most important accomplishments of our student athletes and teams and features a time line of events that chronicles the milestones in La Salle athletic history. Please take a moment, sometime soon, to explore this special collection of accomplishment and history.