Established in 1979, the Kent State University Varsity "K" Athletics Hall of Fame honors men and women whose exceptional performance on the athletic fields and, in later years in other fields, merits special recognition from their alma mater. Each year, the Varsity "K" Hall of Fame inductees, Distinguished Alumnus and Honorary Varsity "K" Member are honored at a banquet during basketball season.
Hall of Fame members are permanently enshrined in the Varsity "K" Hall of Fame located on the second floor of the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center.
Jess Bechard, '02, Baseball
Julian Edelman, Football
Kim Hamilton, '08, MA '10, Softball and Track & Field
Kira Meixner, '08, Golf
Jermail Porter, '09, Wrestling
Brittney Robinson, '07, Softball
Nick Saban, '73, MEd '75, Coach
Tom Varner, '86, Gymnastics
Distinguished Athletic Alumnus
Jim Phelan, '65*
Honorary Varsity "K"
Dennis and Sally, '77, MEd '90, PhD '07 Missimi
Varsity "K" Person of the Year
Colin MacLean, '90, Football Manager
Teams of Distinction
1954 Football Team
1954 Men's Golf Team
Sport: Men's Golf
Anticipated Graduation: 2015
"During my time at Kent State I've learned that I can be as successful as I want to be. With hard work, I believe anything is possible. I also feel like I've also become more patient and well-rounded because of the influence of the people around me. And I know I wouldn't be where I am today in the classroom without the tremendous support we receive academically."