Nominations open for NSU’s N-Club Hall of Fame; jersey retirement policy established

Nominations for Northwestern State’s N-Club Hall of Fame 2019 induction class are being accepted until the end of April through the NSUDemons.com website, where visitors can also find the new NSU Athletics policy regarding jersey retirements.

Anyone can use the online nomination form to submit potential candidates to be considered for the N-Club Hall of Fame. Members of the N-Club, the association of former athletic letterwinners at NSU, will be able to review the ballot in May and cast their votes to help select the Class of 2019.

Former student-athletes can join the N-Club, which has $60 annual dues, and vote for the 2019 inductees by visiting http://www.NSUDemons.com/nclub in the next three weeks. N-Club memberships are accepted year-round.

Qualification standards for the Hall of Fame are included on the N-Club link on the website. A competitor’s college career must have ended for 10 years before eligibility, while a coach, administrator or other individuals is required to have five years between their NSU service and eligibility.

Criteria include individual accomplishments, contributions to team success and leadership abilities.

The N-Club’s 2019 Hall of Fame induction ceremony is held annually during homecoming festivities, this year set for Oct. 19.

Almost 300 people have been honored by the N-Club with inclusion in the Hall of Fame since 1968. All of them are recognized with photos and biographical information in a recently unveiled digital data base display accessible around the year in the lobby of Prather Coliseum, NSU’s basketball and volleyball arena.

NSU director of athletics Greg Burke, associate AD and senior woman administrator Dr. Haley Taitano, and director of development and engagement Mike Jaworski spearheaded an extended process that resulted in development of a policy for considering retirement of jerseys and numbers for the most remarkable competitors in school history.

That policy has been posted on the N-Club page on NSUDemons.com.

“This policy will serve as a more definitive and less arbitrary baseline as it relates to retiring the number or jersey of a highly decorated former NSU student-athlete,” said Burke. “I appreciate the work of the N-Club Hall of Fame committee, as well as feedback from other entities, in the development of this policy.”

Anyone can submit a suggestion for a retired jersey/number. A nomination form is provided on the N-Club Hall of Fame page on NSUDemons.com, and suggestions can also be communicated to Burke, Taitano or Jaworski via e-mail or letter.