Hall of Fame
TCU Hall of Fame Class of 2022
Jake Arrieta ’07 (baseball), Jason Flint ’99 (swimming and diving), Bryan Holaday ’10 (baseball), Jake Kirkpatrick ’11 (football) and Jackson Langat ’07 (track and field), Lee Williams ’75 (track and field) and longtime athletics administrator Jack Hesselbrock ’82 were inducted as the 54th class of the TCU Athletics Hall of Fame.
“It doesn’t get better than this,” said TCU Block T Association Executive Director John Denton. “We are elated with this stellar group of Hall of Famers, which exemplifies TCU greatness as our 54th class of TCU immortals.”
The 2022 class was inducted on Thursday, Sept. 29, in a ceremony in Amon G. Carter Stadium’s Legends Club & Suites. They will also be recognized at TCU’s Oct. 1 home football game versus Oklahoma.
Arrieta was a standout pitcher for the Horned Frogs for two seasons (2006-07) before a 12-year Major League Baseball career, highlighted by winning the 2015 National League Cy Young Award for the Chicago Cubs. Arrieta was a 2006 All-American and two-time all-conference selection. He was the 2006 Mountain West Co-Pitcher of the Year when he tied for the national lead with 14 wins and struck out 111 batters in 111 innings.
Flint was a 1997 All-American, three-time Academic All-American and TCU’s 1999 Dutch Meyer Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He was TCU’s record holder in four events and undefeated in the 200 breaststroke over his four-year career. A member of the Canadian National Team, Flint earned three gold medals at the 1997 Canada Games.
Holaday was the 2010 Johnny Bench Award winner as the nation’s top catcher in 2010, when he led the Horned Frogs to their first College World Series appearance. He was on the All-CWS team, earned All-America honors and was a three-time All-Mountain West selection. He set TCU season records for games played (68), hits (99) and total bases (176) before embarking on a 10-year MLB career.
Kirkpatrick won the 2010 Rimington Trophy as the nation’s top center. He did not commit a penalty or allow a sack as a senior on TCU’s Rose Bowl Championship team. He was a two-time first-team All-American and all-conference selection as well as a finalist for the 2010 Rotary Lombardi Award.
A seven-time All-American, Langat won the 2006 NCAA Indoor Championship in the 800 meters. He was also the 2006 Mountain West Indoor and Outdoor Champion in the event. As a freshman in 2003, he was part of TCU’s 4×400 team that earned a silver medal at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Williams was a 1974 All-American who had two top-five finishes in the mile relay at the NCAA Championships. He was also part of the first TCU teams to qualify for the NCAA Championships in the 4×100 and 4×400. He set TCU records in the 400 and mile relay. Williams went on to become the longtime track and field coach and life-long mentor to his student-athletes at O.D. Wyatt High School in Fort Worth.
Hesselbrock served 30 years in various administrative roles under five athletics directors. He began as TCU’s first full-time athletics academic advisor and oversaw a 100 percent graduation rate for football student-athletes in 1986, earning a CFA National Championship. He later became director of the office and advanced to a senior associate athletics director position.
Learn more about our past Hall of Fame Members, this year’s inductees and the process to become a TCU Hall of Fame Member.
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2022 Hall of Fame Inductees
Criteria to Nominate
TCU ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME NOMINATION POLICY
Revised November 2019
Nominees for the TCU Athletics Hall of Fame are judged on how well they meet the screening criteria established by the TCU Block T Association Board of Directors.
The criteria to nominate are:
Any dues-paying Block T Association member may nominate a former TCU Athlete, who lettered at least one year, and have completed their eligibility at least ten years to be considered for the Hall of Fame.
Nominations are open year round. But those nominations made between April 15 to January 1 will be considered for that year. Nominations will only be accepted online, on the Block T Association Website, with the results sent automatically to the Executive Director of the TCU Block T Association. No mailed in or emailed nominations will be accepted.
HALL OF FAME ONLINE NOMINATION – NOMINATE HERE
- A nominee must be in good academic and athletic standing while a student-athlete at TCU
- A nominee must have distinguished himself/herself as an outstanding competitor while at TCU.
- National, conference, and university athletic and academic awards won by a nominee will strengthen his or her nomination.
- Nominees are judged 50% playing ability at TCU and beyond, 40% Service and Honor to TCU, and 10% Community Service
- A varsity team that wins an NCAA national championship may be nominated for HOF Consideration.
- A nominee does not have to graduate from TCU to be considered, but graduates will have priority.
- A Special Contributor category has been added as of 2019 to include letter-winners and non-letter-winners (coaches, etc.) who have made major contributions to TCU Athletics
STEP-BY-STEP SELECTION PROCESS
The Process of Being Selected as a Hall of Fame Member
1. You are nominated by at least one (1) current dues paying Block T Association Member or previously nominated, passed the pre-screening process and is in the current screening pool of nominees.
2. You passed the pre-screening vetting process to see if you have the qualifications to make it to the screening pool of nominees
3. The Screening Committee will view, vet through the screening pool nominees and recommend its Final 12 Regular. The Executive Board will vet through and the Vintage and Special Contributor nominees to present the Final 3 Vintage nominees to the Selection Committee and the Final 1 Special Contributor inductee. Maximum of 3 years on the Screening list, mandatory two years cooling off or rest period.
4. The Selection Committee meets annually at the Block T Association Board of Directors Meeting in April, views the list of nominees recommended by the Screening Committee, discusses and votes. Those that have the highest amount of votes in the regular pool of nominees and the top vote receiver in the Vintage pool will be that year’s Hall of Fame Class.
a. The Selection Committee may select up-to five (5) regular nominees, 1 Vintage nominee, and 1 Special Contributor nominee. No more than seven total will be selected.
5. Once all of the votes are counted, the Hall of Fame Class of that year is selected. A group of Board members will make personal calls to those that were voted in and announce the news of their selection. Once everyone has been notified, then the Association will make a formal public announcement.
Our Selection Committee is a diverse group of 45 members consisting of former male and female athletes representing seven decades, current Hall of Fame Members as well as TCU coaches and athletic administrators who have well over 30 years service at TCU. Our screening and selection committee members take their voting responsibility seriously and are proud to serve. Also, one of the main qualifications to be considered for a Hall of Fame nomination is that the nominee would need to be out of TCU for a minimum of 10 years.