Criteria for coaches being placed in nomination shall be:
- Having compiled an outstanding record of coaching champions at the level coached (e.g. national open, national collegiate, state high school, etc.); and
- Having compiled an extraordinary winning record or have achieved other outstanding accomplishments; and
- Having coached for at least twenty (20) years.
To be nominated, a coach must have been retired for at least one year from active full-time coaching, except where s/he has coached for thirty-five (35) years or more.
Bud Winter was inducted in 1985.