Coaches Hall of Fame
The sole criterion for induction into the Coaches Hall of Fame is competitive success attained in an ethical and collegial manner. The most recent inductee(s) convenes the group, while the full group of inductees serve as the selection committee. The selection committee must unanimously agree on any new inductee.
Justin Bernstein: University of California, Irvine
At the time of his induction in 2014, Justin had led three schools to national Top 10 finishes: as captain and three-time All-American for UC Berkeley’s student-run team; as a coach for NYU’s 2010 national championship; and as coach when UC Irvine twice finished #1 in AMTA’s Power Rankings and won 14 All-American Awards in six years.
Gonzalo Freixes: University of California, Los Angeles
The year he was inducted, Gonzalo won his 3rd national championship in three final round tries. His teams have qualified for nationals in every year since 1998 and have been in the prestigious "top 10" in all but 2 of those years. From 2000 until the ORC system was created, his teams won their regional every single year, winning two different regionals in 2008.
Steve Hatting: University of St. Thomas
Steve was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015. Steve Hatting began coaching the University of St. Thomas mock trial teams in 1986, and they quickly became a national powerhouse, winning the national title in 1987 and finishing as the runner-up in 1989.
Dan Herron: Miami University (Ohio)
When inducted in 2008, Dan Herron had coached for twelve years, finishing in the nation's elite "top 10" on seven occasions and winning the national championship in 2001. Herron's Miami teams had been Regional Champions every year with only one exception.
DeLois Leapheart: Northwood University
Professor Leapheart was inducted into the AMTA Coaches Hall of Fame on APril 15, 2016, at the 32nd National Championship Tournament in Greenville, South Carolina. As coach of the Northwood mock trial program, DeLois Leapheart led the Timberwolves' meteoric rise.
Noel Myricks: University of Maryland
When Noel was inducted in 2006, he had coached teams to four national championships, two runner-up finishes, and eleven eastern regional championships.
Marcus Pohlmann: Rhodes College
When Marcus was inducted in 2006, twenty-two Rhodes teams had placed in the nation's "top ten" and Rhodes held the record for consecutive national championship appearances. By 2006, Rhodes had made it to the national final round seven times, and won four national championships.
Rob Tully: Drake University
Rob started the Drake University Mock Trial program in 1985. In five years of active coaching, Rob's teams were always highly competitive, winning national championships both times they made the national final round (1989 and 1993). Rob was inducted in 2006.
John Vile: Middle Tennessee State University
When inducted in 2008, John Vile had coached for 20 years, qualifying for the national championship tournament in each of those years and finishing in the nation's "top 10" eleven times. John is especially proud of the number of MTSU teams that have earned the "Spirit of AMTA Award" for good sportspersonship.
Ruth Wagoner: Bellarmine College
At the time they were inducted in 2007, Ruth and Jim had coached for 22 years and made it to the national championship tournament on 21 occasions. They had eleven "top 10" finishes, 3 more at the Silver nationals, 4 appearances in the national final round, and a national championship in 1999.