1974 Hall of Honor
For a college that strives to recognize and achieve excellence in performance, “Herb” Hodges serves as a bright beacon because of his superior record and unparalleled ability to relate to young people. After an outstanding Illinois prep coach career, with his 117-11 mark including seven championships each in conference and relays competition at Wheaton, he came to Beloit and developed some of its finest teams and individuals. Hodges had three consecutive conference champions, several Beloit Relays titlists and four unbeaten dual-meet seasons in five years before going to the University of Alabama and leading teams to one league and two major relays crowns during 1951-53. Returning to Beloit, he coached the 1954 cross country squad to an undefeated campaign, the state AA21 title and a 14th-place national ranking. His track teams, competing as an independent, participated in the nation’s premier relays and in 1955 won the Midwest Relays. Hodges resigned in 1957 to take a special teaching-counseling position in Rockford, but colleague Dolph Stanley coaxed him back into coaching at the new Auburn High School – and in the six seasons before he retired, his trackmen won two conference titles and met dual-meet defeat just twice.
A firm believer in having every man compete in some sport, Louis Means enlarged the scope of intercollegiate athletics and developed an outstanding intramural program in nine years at Beloit College. Named Athletic Director and Coach in 1936 after a highly successful reign in the same capacities at Green Bay East High School, he guided Beloit through an era that included conference championships in football and swimming, state titles in basketball, wrestling, and golf, and the Wisconsin AA21 crown in cross country. Means gained wide recognition as the creator of the Beloit Relays, described as “the only night intercollegiate relay carnival” before their interruption by World War II. He left Beloit – and a quarter-century coaching record that found his teams in six sports winning more than 800 decisions and there-dozen championships – to become director of Student Physical Welfare at the University of Nebraska. Before retiring in 1966, he also served with the California State Department of Education, Operation Fitness-21SA and Program Aids Company Inc., and won acclaim as a professional leader, sports official, consultant and author. His magnificent career has enhanced high ethical and moral standards among young people by stressing excellence in athletic achievement.