Hawken School congratulates the Class of 2016 Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees. These athletes – like those previously inducted and those who will join them in years to come – represent student-athletes, coaches and contributors who have significantly impacted Hawken’s athletic programs and demonstrated the highest standards of character, leadership, sportsmanship and Fair Play. 

Mission & Guidelines

The mission, structure, process, and by-laws that will guide the Hawken School Athletics Hall of Fame was formulated by a Hall of Fame Committee, and approved by our Head of School. 


• To recognize those exemplary Student-Athletes, Coaches and Contributors who have made significant and honorable contributions to the history of Hawken School athletics.
• To honor those who have demonstrated the highest standards of character, leadership, sportsmanship and Fair Play through engagement in Hawken athletics and beyond.
• To encourage others to aspire to the achievements, values and ideals of Hawken School athletics.

Nomination Criteria
Student-athletes who are nominated should have distinguished themselves in the field of athletics while at Hawken School; additional accomplishments of note may be considered. Evaluation will also be based on the student-athlete’s alignment with the mission and values of Hawken and its Athletic Hall of Fame. Student-athlete nominees must be 5 years removed from graduation in order to be considered.

Coaches & Contributors
Individuals nominated in the coach and contributor categories should exemplify Hawken School’s mission and that of the Hall of Fame. Consideration encompasses those who have shown extraordinary dedication to Hawken Athletics. Additional noteworthy accomplishments will be considered. Contributors may include faculty, staff, administrators, volunteers and other members of the Hawken community.

2016 Hall of Fame Inductees

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  • Damon Butler ‘98

    Soccer, Track
    Many soccer forwards have worn the red and gray, but none like Damon Butler. He not only earned an impressive collection of awards and accolades, including Ohio Division II Player of the Year and All-American, he also served as a loyal and fierce captain. Aside from his impressive soccer career, he played a key role on the track team, excelling in events like the 400m, where he won a State Championship, as well as the 800m, and the 4x400m relay.
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  • Anthony Cowsette ‘93

    Football, Basketball, Track
    Anthony Cowsette is on the list of Hawken legends commonly known as triple-threat athletes. Although he was best known for his powerhouse roles on the football team, he was also a standout basketball player and track athlete.  In football, Cowsette ranks in the top ten of many statistical categories including career rushing yards, all-purpose yards, touchdowns, points scored, kick return average, and sacks.  He went on to be captain and standout running back at Villanova.
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  • Ginger Theis Daly ‘92

    Tennis, Basketball, Softball
    A three-sport athlete, Ginger Theis Daly dedicated her time, energy, and spirit to Hawken’s fields and courts as captain of the tennis, basketball, and softball teams.  Best known for her career as a softball player, which she continued at the University of Virginia, Daly is a three-time Old Board Award winner, has made her mark in the Hawken and state record books, and received local and state honors and accolades in all three sports she played at Hawken.
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  • Byron Davis ‘88

    Hawken attracts a plethora of excellent swimmers, but Byron Davis stands out amongst the very best.  Davis holds several Hawken swimming records to this day, won multiple State Championships, was a 4-time All-American.   He was an NCAA record-holder in his time at UCLA, and he competed in the 1996 US Olympic Trials, narrowly missing the US Team.
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  • Jane Esselstyn ‘83

    During her freshman year, the first year for the Hawken girls swim team, Jane Esselstyn became Hawken’s first female state champion setting the foundation for Hawken’s swimming excellence. She held several school records for a time, dominated the state finals in numerous events, and was a member of the first swimming relay State Championship in 1981. Esselstyn continued her swimming prowess at University of Michigan where she was a Big 10 Champion in the backstroke.
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  • Maurice E. Gray ’86

    Taking his permanent place in the Hawken Athletics Hall of Fame, Maurice E. Gray was the basketball king since he first joined the Hawks. A young leader and prolific scorer, Gray’s legacy and scoring records remain today.  He was named Ohio AA Player of the Year, the Plain Dealer Player of the Year, and was an Old Board Award recipient.  Gray continued his basketball career at Davidson College, where he continued to excel on the court.  
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  • J. Albert Klauss ‘66

    Football, Wrestling, Baseball, Track
    J. Albert Klauss goes down in the history books as an incredible four-sport athlete at Hawken, and as one who set the bar in the early days of Hawken Athletics. He co-captained the undefeated 1965 football team, the first unbeaten team in our history.  Klauss was Hawken’s first player selected for the Cleveland Press All-Scholastic Football Team, and was named to the Plain Dealer Dream Team.  Whether it was playing defensive end on the football field, taking down opponents on the wrestling mat, hitting baseballs or throwing shot put, Klauss is immortalized as a star athlete of the 60s.
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Nominations made before March 12, 2017 will be considered for the 2017 Inductee year. The Hall of Fame Committee will meet in April and will announce 2017 Inductees during the month of May. The Induction will take place on Homecoming & Reunion Weekend on October 13, 2017.

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