Honoring Palm Beach County Sports Legends
The Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame was created to recognize and honor the outstanding achievements and contributions of local athletes, coaches, administrators, media, and others in the field of sports.
Established in 1977
In 1977, after years of covering local sports, veteran sportswriter Chuck Otterson decided the time was right to formally recognize the accomplishments of area athletes. The Palm Beach County Sports Commission has been involved with this event since 2004, developing it into the successful program it is today.
Nominations are made by the general public and members of the Hall of Fame Committee. Candidates must have been born, attended school, or achieved their major sports accomplishment in Palm Beach County in order to be considered for the Hall of Fame. Nominations are reviewed and committee members and past inductees select the individuals welcomed annually into the Hall of Fame.
Annual Recognition Banquet
Each year in early spring the inductees are honored at a gala banquet. Their lifetime of outstanding contributions in sports is recognized as they are inducted into the elite membership of the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame. Also honored during this banquet is Palm Beach County’s Amateur Athlete of the Year, Professional Athlete of the Year, Coach of the Year, Outstanding Sports Contributor, High School Coach of the Year, High School Athlete of the Year and Special Olympics Athlete of the Year.
Roger Dean Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals and Florida Marlins Spring Training, became the permanent site of the Palm Beach County Sport Hall of Fame in 2004. Banners commemorating inductees for each year from 1977 hang around the stadium concourse and are viewed each year by hundreds of thousands of people attending events at the stadium.
The Hall of Fame Committee continues to perpetuate the memories of departed Hall of Fame Members with the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame "Paver Program". The program consists of a brick that has the name of the deceased member and the year of induction into the Hall of Fame engraved on the stone. The City of West Palm Beach has kindly donated prime space in Centennial Square downtown to allow a permanent memorial of inductees that have passed away.
To nominate someone to be inducted in 2018, click here
To nominate someone to be an Annual Sports Award Winner, click here
To view a complete list of Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame inductees, click here
Ryan Berube started his Olympic swimming career at The Benjamin School in North Palm Beach where he graduated in 1992 as one of Florida’s top swimmers. After high school, he began swimming for Southern Methodist University (SMU) where he won three NCAA titles in 1996 (100back, 200back, and 200IM). He also received the honor of NCAA Swimmer of the Year in 1996. That same year, Ryan anchored the United States Men’s National Team in the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta and won a gold medal in the 800m freestyle relay. He was inducted into The Benjamin School Athletics’ inaugural Hall of Fame Class in 2010.
Since becoming Director of Tennis at BallenIsles Country Club in 1994, Trish has solidified that venue into one of the top tennis facilities in the nation. Under her leadership, BallenIsles Country Club has hosted countless amateur and charity tennis events, raising millions of dollars for organizations such as Cystic Fibrosis, the American Cancer Society, the Arc of Palm Beach County and the St. Mary’s Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. As a mentor to young players she donates thousands of hours in free lessons to North Palm Beach charities and school fundraisers. On the court, few could rival Trish Faulkner’s achievements, which include 38 national USTA titles, five (5) International Tennis Federation (ITF) World Championships, United States Tennis Association (USTA) Player of the Year recognition, and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Player Service Award.
Thomas Flynn is a highly decorated athlete at Cardinal Newman High School (CNHS) in both track and field and football. Thomas is still the CNHS track record holder in the 4x100 relay, the 4x220 sprint medley relay, and the mile relay. While playing football at Cardinal Newman, Flynn won the Father Farrell Award and was honored on the All State, All Conference and All Catholic Teams as a senior. Flynn went on to play football for Notre Dame and helped the Fighting Irish win the 1977 National Championship.
Julian Reynolds started her athletic journey at The Benjamin School in North Palm Beach where she became the most decorated athlete in the state of Florida by winning 16 state titles in track and field. Her accomplishments at the high school level gave way to a full scholarship to Georgetown University where she received numerous honors on the track: NCAA runner-up, four time All-American, three -time Big East champion, and three- time Penn Relays Champion of America. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree, Julian embarked on a successful career as a professional Nike track and field athlete. She was inducted into the State of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame and The Benjamin School Athletics’ inaugural Hall of Fame Class in 2010.
Ja’Juan R. Seider
Ja’Juan Seider was a multi-sports star athlete at Glades Central High School, where he was an All-State quarterback, renowned basketball player, and a track & field star. As a college football quarterback, Seider earned All-America honors and won the Doug Williams Award for National Offensive Player of the Year and the Jake Gaither Award following a spectacular senior year at Florida A&M. During his senior year for the Rattlers, Seider passed for 2,512 yards with 27 touchdowns and was named the MEAC Offensive Player of the Year. Seider was selected in the sixth round of the 2000 National Football League (NFL) Draft by the San Diego Chargers.
A graduate of Florida Atlantic University in 1978, Scott Siegel has been involved with John I Leonard’s athletic program for 33 years; including ten years as the Assistant Athletic Director and six years as the Athletic Director. In his seventeen-year coaching career, as the head Junior Varsity football coach, Siegel coached his teams to 104 wins and just 32 losses. As the Flag Football coach, his team won two district championships in an eight year span. Siegel started the Palm Beach County Senior Football Recruiting Fair, which is responsible for helping over 500 athletes attend college. In 2007, he was honored by the Treasure Coast National Collegiate Football Hall of Fame for his involvement in helping to promote high school football.
Nicole Schappert Tully
A native of Delray Beach, Nicole Schappert Tully is an American middle and long distance runner. She is a ten time Florida High School Athletics Association State Champion and a six time Palm Beach County Individual Champion. She was named the Sun-Sentinel Girls’ Track Athlete of the Year and Girls’ Cross Country Athlete of the Year 2003. Nicole went on to run for Villanova University and became the Big East Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2010. Tully is the 2015 Women’s 5,000 Meter Run Champion and a member of the 2015 USA World Championship Team. She is currently training to compete in the 2016 Olympic Trials.