Al Vanderbush Inducted into Class of 2013 Army Sports Hall of Fame
Five All-Americans, the first American to walk in space, a
Heisman Trophy runner-up, an Army Athletic Association Award winner, two
legendary coaches and an administrator who also contributed as a multi-sport
athlete, are among the candidates selected into the Army Sports Hall of
Fame. Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Boo Corrigan announced the Class
of 2013 today.
The 10th induction class into the Army Sports Hall of Fame includes women’s
basketball standout Julie DelGiorno, two-time football All-American
selections Paul Bunker and Richard “Dick” Nowak, lacrosse coach Jack Emmer,
cross country and track and field mentor Carleton Crowell, three-time soccer
All-American Jose Gonzalez, football, baseball player and administrator
Al Vanderbush, football, men’s basketball and lacrosse star Charles
“Monk” Meyer, tight end Gary Steele and Ed White, the space walker who first
starred in track and field and soccer at the Academy.
The Class of 2013 brings the total of Army Sports Hall of Fame inductees to
99 and encompasses nine sports.
“Once again, the Hall of Fame committee has done a tremendous job,” said
Corrigan. “This worthy class of leaders on the field and off the field
ranges from 1903 to 2005 and includes 10 individuals who have selflessly
served their country. We are excited to showcase these leaders of character
in September and honor their hard work, dedication and excellence.”
The Army Sports Hall of Fame is a subset of the Kenna Hall of Army Sports, a
comprehensive museum displaying Army's rich and proud intercollegiate
athletic program. It is located on the third floor of the Kimsey Athletic
Center, Army's football training facility.
The announcement of the Army Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2013 marks the end
of a lengthy process that began in the spring. A 10-member selection
committee, representing athletic administrators, academic administrators,
former West Point athletes, graduates and representatives from the
Association of Graduates began the process of developing a workable list
from the thousands of athletes, coaches and administrators that have
represented the Academy on the "fields of friendly strife." Only individuals
that graduated from or coached at the Academy and those five years removed
from their playing and coaching days are eligible.
Once the selection committee finalized its recommended list, the names were
forwarded to West Point's Athletic Committee for review and ratification
before being passed on to Superintendent Lt. Gen. David Huntoon for final
The honorees will be officially inducted into the Army Sports Hall of Fame
on Friday, Sept. 13. A special plaque unveiling ceremony will be held in the
Kenna Hall of Army Sports inside Kimsey Athletic Center, with the formal
black-tie Hall of Fame Induction Banquet set for Eisenhower Hall later that
evening. The group will also be recognized during Army's football game
against Stanford the next day at Michie Stadium with a special photograph
and autograph session planned on Black Knights Alley prior to the contest.
Vanderbush earned three varsity letters in football prior to his graduation
in 1961 and later served as Army’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics.
A linebacker and guard, Vanderbush was a starter on the 1958 undefeated team
which won the Lambert Trophy for football supremacy in the East.
A co-captain of the 1960 squad, Vanderbush was a second team All-America
choice that season and also was named to the All-East squad. He was invited
to participate in the North-South Shrine Game and Coaches All-America Game.
Vanderbush also spent three years on the baseball team and earned one
Vanderbush served three tours at West Point following his graduation. He
coached the “plebe” football team in 1963 and was assigned to the Dean’s
Office from 1971 to 1974 when he was also an Officer Representative for the
After tours in Korea, Vietnam and Hawai’i and military assignments as Chief
to the Training Division and Secretary of the General Staff in the West
Command, Vanderbush returned to West Point in 1984.
Vanderbush served as Deputy of Intercollegiate Athletics for six seasons
before ascending to Director of Intercollegiate Athletics in 1990, a
position he held until 1999.
During his tenure as Athletic Director, Vanderbush helped Army capture the
President’s Cup, which is awarded annually to the Patriot League’s composite
all-sports champion, three times and played a large role in Army moving from
Independent status to Conference USA in football.
The inaugural winner of the National Association of Collegiate Director of
Athletics Regional A.D. of the Year in 1999, Vanderbush earned several
military awards, including the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star medal,
Meritorious Service Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s
Badge, Parachutist Badge and Rangers Tab.
Vanderbush served on active duty for 28 years, including tours with the
101st Airborne Division, 1st Cavalry Division in Korea, as an advisor in
Vietnam and as a Battalion Commander in the 25th Infantry Division in