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Selection Committee

The Hall of Fame Selection Committee was formed in 1997.

Name Biography

James A. Brown
James A. Brown
(Photo Credit: James A. Brown)

Jim Brown has been active in the sport since he founded the Buffalo Belles Track Club in the early 1970’s. The Belles became one of the top girls track and field clubs in New York State and had many athletes who competed on the national level. Long involved with the Niagara Association, Jim served as the treasurer for the Niagara Association of the AAU and, after the split from the AAU in the late 1970’s, the Niagara Association of USATF. He served as a Niagara Association delegate to numerous AAU / TAC/ USATF National Conventions starting in the 1970’s. He is a founding member of the Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame and has served on the Hall of Fame Selection Committee since its inception. Jim is currently the Treasurer of the Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame. Jim’s wife, Gloria, set one World Record Master’s age group record (W60-64 Mile Run), four US Masters National Road Race Records, five US Master single age road race records, and five National Indoor Records. She won numerous US National Masters Championships and was voted the Outstanding Female Athlete 60-64 by USATF in 1993 and 1994, and was ranked first in the 60-64 Age Group by Running Times Magazine those same years (and second in 1995). Gloria was elected to the National Masters Hall of Fame in 2005.

Jim is a founding member of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

John D. Cico
John D. Cico
(Photo Credit: Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame)

A native of Syracuse, New York, John Cico competed for Christian Brothers Academy of Syracuse and the University of Pennsylvania. He served as a Graduate Assistant for the Track & Field and Cross Country teams at Syracuse University while he completed work on his Master’s degree. John now works for the Pyramid Corporation in Syracuse and continues to compete at the Master’s level.

John became a member of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee in 2008.

Dave Davis
Dave Davis
(Photo Credit: Dave Davis / Niagara AAU)

Dave Davis founded the highly successful Garden Town Track Club in the 1954. The club continued under the name of the Niagara Frontier Track Club until 1989.

Dave Davis has been involved with the Niagara Association of Amateur Athletic Union for over 50 years and has served as it President in 1974 to 1976 and 1988 to present.

Dave has been awarded many honors over the years including the Chevron National Community Service Award in 1976, the AAU Life Membership Award in 1976, was a 2005 recipient of Don Kavadas Memorial Award (formerly the Jack Milne Memorial Award, awarded since 1990) for longstanding commitment to the betterment of Athletics (track and field, etc.) at the National and Association level, and was a 2005 recipient of the AAU Veterans Gold & Silver Awards. Davis was inducted to the National AAU Hall of Fame in 1995.
Dave is a founding member of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

Dr. Marc R. Grosso
Dr. Marc R. Grosso
(Photo Credit: Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame)

Dr. Marc Grosso is the founder of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee. He is currently serving as the Chair of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

Robert M. Hersh
Robert M. Hersh
(Photo Credit: Robert M. Hersh)

One of the most recognizable names, and voices, in international track and field, Bob in 2007 was elected as one of four Vice Presidents of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and was also appointed as Chairman of the IAAF Competition Commission. In 2011, Bob was elected the Senior Vice President of the IAAF

A retired attorney who has been the English-speaking announcer at the Olympic Games and World Championships, Bob served as a member of the IAAF Technical Committee from 1984 until 1999, when he was elected to the Council.

He has been on the board of USATF and its predecessor organization, TAC, in various capacities since its formation in 1980. He also volunteered his services as General Counsel of USATF from 1989 to 1997. Bob served as the USATF Rules Committee Chairman and the Track & Field Records Sub-Committee Chairman for many years. He is also a Member of ATFS (Association of Track & Field Statisticians).

Bob was a Technical Delegate to the following competitions:

  • Olympic Games, 2012
  • World Championships, 2013
  • World Indoor Championships, 1991, 2001, 2004
  • World Junior Championships, 2006

He served as Stadium Announcer for:

  • Olympic Games 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2004, 2008
  • World Championships 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007
  • Pan-American Games, 1983, 2007
  • World Cup in Athletics 1994, 1998, 2006
  • World Indoor Championships 1987, 1999, 2008
  • World Junior Championships 1994, 1998
  • World Youth Championships 2003
  • Numerous USA and NCAA National Championships and other domestic meets

Bob became a member of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee in 2000.

Oscar B. Jensen
Oscar B. Jensen
(Photo Credit: Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame)

With over 50 years coaching experience in the Syracuse area, Oscar Jensen is one of the best-known coaches in the state. While coaching at Liverpool High School, Baldwinsville High School, and Marcellus High School, he has coached NY high school state champions in the sprints, distance events, and throws. His team from Liverpool HS won the 1991 NY State High School Cross Country Championships. His teams have won many league and sectional championships. Oscar is a USATF Coaching Education Level I Certified Instructor and USATF Coaching Education Level II Certified Instructor. He is one of the most popular USTAF Level I Instructors and has taught at over 100 USATF Level I Schools. Oscar chaired USATF Coaching Education Biomechanics and Lead Instructor’s Programs. He has been Chair of NYSPHSAA Indoor Track and Field Committee for over 25 years. Oscar served on the coaching staff for US National and International Track & Field Teams including:

  • Assistant Coach – Throws, for the 1990 US Olympic Festival Team – East,
  • Assistant Coach – Throws, for the 1992 US Junior Team that competed in a dual meet in Winnipeg
  • Assistant Coach – Throws, for the 1994 US Junior Team that competed in Lisbon, Portugal
  • Coach of the first US Youth team that completed in Poland

Oscar was inducted into the Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame in 2002 and was named the 2002 National HS Coach of the year. He was inducted into the Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame in the Class of 2003.

Oscar is a founding member of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

Davis S. Johnson
Davis S. Johnson
(Photo Credit: The Penn Relays)

Dave Johnson is the Director of the Penn Relays and serves as the Executive Vice President of the U.S Track Meet Directors Association. A respected historian of the sport, he chairs the Steering Committee of the National Track & Field Hall of Fame, is a Vice President of the Federation of American Statisticians of Track, and has served on the "Track & Field News" world rankings panel since 1981.

Dave became a member of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee in 2000.

R. Nathan Taylor
R. Nathan Taylor
(Photo Credit: Cornell University Athletics Communications)

Nathan Taylor is a very accomplished Track & Field Coach and has established Cornell University as the top program since his arrival.
Cornell has now won the Ivy championships in each of the last eight years. Including the indoor championships, Cornell has won 13 of the last 16, and the team is setting the standard for performance within the Ivy League during the first decade of the 21st century.

Taylor has coached 19 athletes who have been to the NCAA Championships in the last four years, with two winning national championships, one a runner-up and 16 times have been All-Americans.

Cornell Track and Field won the Outdoor Heptagonal Championships track meet for a record eights years in a row. After not winning a championship for 25 years, Cornell won the outdoor Heps each year from 2003 through 2010.

In 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012, he was selected the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Regional Coach of the Year.

Nathan became a member of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee in 2001.

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