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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.

Gonzalo Freixes: University of California, Los Angeles

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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.

Dan Herron: Miami University (Ohio)

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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.

Noel Myricks: University of Maryland

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Jim Wagoner: Bellarmine College

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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.

Jim Walker: Wright State University

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Jim Walker's Wright State University program was truly one of the pace setters in AMTA's early days. In Jim's ten years of active coaching, Wright State won AMTA's second National Championship in 1986 and was also runner-up two years later. Jim was inducted in 2006.