Tribute to Dan Stimson

Dan Stimson, a 2015 inductee of the CSHOF, died on October 17th. His former employer, The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA, wrote a beautiful tribute that is reprinted, in part, below:

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It is with a heavy heart that William & Mary announces the recent passing of Hall of Fame coach Dan Stimson.  Stimson, who first came to W&M in the summer of 1986, served as the Tribe's first Director of Track & Field for 25 years until 2011, before spending an additional three years as the assistant coach for throwing events and another three as a volunteer assistant.  Stimson passed away from natural causes at MCV in Richmond, surrounded by family and friends.

"Dan Stimson's success as a track & field coach was stunning," noted William & Mary President Taylor Reveley.  "The good he did for his athletes as students and W&M alumni was also extraordinary.  And he himself displayed great courage and grace in the face of adversity.  Dan will be sorely missed at William & Mary."

"It's difficult to put into words what Coach Stimson meant to so many," said current Director of Track & Field and Cross Country, and former student-athlete under Stimson at W&M, Alex Heacock '09. "He had the biggest heart of anyone I've ever met, and had such a kind, joyful, and unbreakable spirit that was evident to everyone he encountered. I am a better person and coach because he was in my life, and that's a common theme for the hundreds of student-athletes he coached throughout the years. Dan's legacy won't be defined by the many championships his teams won, but by the everlasting impact he's made in the lives of countless people."

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Class of 2018 Inductees Announced

The Board of Directors of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce the inductees who will comprise the Class of 2018. The living inductees are Dick Cole, Curt Fischer, Lori Franchina, Sheilah (Lingenfelter) Gulas, Fran Sirianni, Clem Worosz and Phil Young; and the deceased honoree is Jim Riggs

These eight individuals will be formally inducted at the CSHOF's 37th Annual Banquet, Monday, February 19, 2018, at the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club. The new honorees will bring the total number of CSHOF inductees to 191.

Tickets for the induction dinner are priced at $50. 2018 banquet reservations can be made by calling chairman Chip Johnson at 716-485-6991. Read more about the 2018 inductees in the December newsletter...

Save the Date - June 16, 2018

CSHOF golf tournament

The Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame is planning for its first-ever golf tournament, Saturday, June 16, 2018, at the Chautauqua Golf Club. The tourney is open to inductees, members and friends of the CSHOF. Stan Marshaus, a CSHOF inductee, Board Director and former club pro at the Chautauqua course, is chairman of the event.

The event will be a shotgun-start scramble with men's, ladies' and mixed divisions. Thirty-one (31) foursomes will be registered. There will be food and drink on the course and a post-match meal will be provided. The projected fee is $300 per team ($75 per player.)

Further details will be announced as plans become finalized. To reserve a spot for your foursome, send an e-mail to or call 716-640-6219.

Virtual Tour of the Hall of Fame Now Available

The Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame is one of several attractions in downtown Jamestown that is well worth a visit. But don't take our word for it! Click on the image below to take a virtual tour.


4-panorama 360VR Tour

panoramic tour by Dave Mariotti

Viewing tips:

  • To advance through the tour, click/tap on the Hall of Fame icon. It will float into view as you tour each section of the hall.
  • Click and hold mouse button down, drag in any direction to move the view.
  • To zoom in, press the SHIFT key.
  • To zoom out, press the CTRL key.
  • If your mouse has a wheel on it, rolling it forward or back will also zoom in and out.


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