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Former athletic director, Tom Horn, is newest member of Glen Oaks Athletic Hall of Fame

Glen Oaks Community College will induct its newest member, Tom Horn, of Vicksburg, MI, into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Sunday, April 30. The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. as part of the annual All-Athlete Awards banquet which will include a brunch on the grand concourse for the athletes, coaches, and award recipients.

Horn, the athletic director at Glen Oaks from 1995 through 2005, was instrumental in leading Viking athletics through 11 years of high-caliber play while placing a large emphasis on academics and ethical behavior throughout his years on campus. During Horn’s tenure, several of the athletic teams reached national prominence in their respective NJCAA Div. II Championship tournaments, and the Vikings had multiple NJCAA All-Americans, Academic All-Americans, and athletes that moved on to four-year universities under coaches that Horn hired and supervised. In 2004, he received the Athletic Director of the Year Award from the Michigan Community College Athletic Association.

“In 2004, Glen Oaks had considered the elimination of athletics due to financial concerns,” said Joel Mishler, GOCC director of athletics. “At that time, Tom stepped up and advocated for keeping Viking athletics alive. He believed in the value that sports bring to our society as students learn patience, teamwork, ethics, hard work, and grit, as well as the individual and team successes that transcend throughout our students for the rest of their lives.”

Through Horn’s efforts and persistence, he found innovative ways to pave the way to continue the athletic program.

“We are grateful for the years of leadership and passion Tom displayed while at Glen Oaks, but also for his willingness to fight and manage something that is important to the campus experience and its student-athletes in 2023 and beyond,” said Mishler.