Colorado Springs, Colo. (September 20, 2021)–The Hall of Fame Committee is pleased to announce the slate of candidates selected for consideration for the Class of 2021. This year, 16 nominees – eight each from the open and women’s divisions – will be considered for a maximum of eight total spots in this year’s Ultimate Hall of Fame class.
For this cycle, peak playing years span from 2001 to 2008. Candidate-submitted player histories are included below.
- Gwen Ambler
- Chris Cianfrani
- Katey Forth
- Anja Haman
- Johanna “JoJo” Neumann
- Liz “LP” Penny
- Shar Stuht
- Vida Towne
- David Boardman
- Mike Caldwell
- Alex “The Count” de Frondeville
- John Hassell
- Augie Kreivenas
- Ron Kubalanza
- Fortunat Mueller
- Mike Namkung
- Jennifer “JD” Donnelly
Contributors – Look Back
- Mary Louise “Louie” Mahoney Cohn
- Frank Revi
- Early Photographers/Videographers
- Stu Beringer
- Rick Collins
- Karl Cook
- Dan Hyslop
- Chris Perry
- Scobel Wiggins
- Lee Flynn
- J.R. Reynolds
Congratulations to these Ultimate Hall of Fame finalists. It is a high honor to be selected from the respective open and women’s division player peer pools.
The contributor candidates were selected by the Contributors Task Force, which is comprised of current contributor members of the Hall.
From this slate of 16 player candidates, the current voting members of the Hall will cast their ballots for up to four open division and four women’s division nominees. As detailed in the Hall of Fame selection process, the voting members of the Hall participate in two rounds of voting. The contributor and special merit candidates are included in the final ballot with a required ‘yes’ or ‘no’ vote. All final-ballot candidates must receive at least a two-thirds majority vote to be inducted.
Any member of the ultimate community who is familiar with these candidates is encouraged to provide input for consideration by the voting members of the Hall. This feedback, both laudatory and critical, is an important part of the committee’s consideration. Candid participation is encouraged from all who have personal experience with the candidates. All feedback will be kept strictly confidential and will be available only to the voting members as part of their deliberations.
The goal of the Hall of Fame selection process is to induct player candidates who competed at their best against the best in their primary division of play during the 2001 to 2008 peak playing years. For 2021, the contributor category is recognizing candidates from the PPY timeframe, as well as “look back” candidates whose contributions to the sport were from an earlier era.
When appraising a player, contributor or special merit candidate, please reference the What Makes a Hall of Famer qualities and characteristics. This and other selection process information can be found on the Hall of Fame website and on USA Ultimate’s resource page.
The seven qualities identified for player candidates include:
- Team Performance
- Sprit of the Game Under Pressure
To provide feedback on this year’s Hall of Fame candidates, please complete this survey by Friday, October 1.