The University of Texas at Tyler athletics department Hall of Fame honors individuals who have brought distinction to themselves and UT Tyler through their achievement, commitment, sportsmanship, and leadership in athletics

The athletics Hall of Fame class was inaugurated in conjunction with UT Tyler's 40th Anniversary Celebration in March of 2012.

Nominees may include alumni, coaches, faculty, administrators, or friends of the UT Tyler community, as well as teams that are exceptionally distinguished through outstanding achievement or significant accomplishment.

For former student-athletes, nominees will be eligible for nomination three years after graduation and will be considered based on athletics accomplishments, academic achievements, community service, leadership, sportsmanship and citizenship. Non-student-athletes will be considered on their overall contribution and leadership to UT Tyler athletics.

To nominate an individual, please use the form linked below. 

Nomination Form


Fred Kniffen (2012) 

Coaching at UT Tyler from 1985-1994, Kniffen led the University’s men’s tennis teams, then members of the NAIA, to two National Championships in 1989 and 1994. He was named National Coach of the Year in 1989 and 1994, and was the Wilson Sports National Coach of the Year in 1987.

UT Tyler also finished third in the country in 1987 and were national runners-up in 1988.

Kniffen has been inducted into the Texas Tennis Coaches Assoc. Hall of Fame (1993), the NAIA Hall of Fame (1996), and the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame in 1999.

Watch Kniffen's UT Tyler Hall of Fame Induction Video

Hall of Fame
Eligibility Summary

Former Student-Athletes
3 Years after Graduation

5 Years after Leaving or
10 Years of Service

Eligible at Any Time

Hall of Fame

Athletic Achievement
Commitment to UT Tyler