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Nominations now accepted for Rocky Mountain College 2014 Clara Klindt Athletic Hall of Fame
BILLINGS, June 4 – Traditions of athletic excellence have been longstanding at Rocky Mountain College, and nominations for the prestigious 2014 Clara Klindt Athletic Hall of Fame are being accepted now through Friday, June 27.
Each year, RMC inducts outstanding scholar-athletes, former RMC coaches, distinguished graduates, and significant contributors to the College’s mission and the athletic department into the Hall of Fame. To participate in the selection process, nominations may be made online at www.rocky.edu/athletics/HallOfFame.php.
The formal announcement will be made on September 27 during the home football game against Eastern Oregon University. Included in the ceremonies, and 30-years since their time on the field at RMC, the 1984 Frontier Conference Championship football team will be inducted into the Ring of Honor, RMCs team-level recognition for outstanding athletic achievement.
Lead by 1984 Frontier Conference Coach of the Year, Jim Palazzolo, RMC football had a year of “many firsts.” In September of that year, the Bears defeated South Dakota Tech 28-0 in their first shutout performance in five years, and each player on the RMC offensive line was awarded Frontier Conference Player of the Week. October saw the Bears move up the national rankings, landing in 9th among NAIA Division II teams, and taking home the first league championship in 29 years.
“We’re all just extremely humbled and appreciative,” said Palazzolo. “In 1984 that particular team accomplished as much as any team in school history. What we did during that stretch of time was pretty remarkable.”
Hall of Fame plaques are on display in the trophy room in the Fortin Education Center. Questions or nominations may be directed to RMC Football Coach Brian Armstrong at 406.657.1145 or Vice President for Student Life Brad Nason at 406.657.1018.