Glen Oaks CC inducts Tom Horn to Hall of Fame

Glen Oaks Community College inducted Tom Horn of Vicksburg into its Athletic Hall of Fame at an annual All-Athlete Awards banquet April 30.

Horn was athletic director at the Centreville college from 1995-2005. He’s credited with leading Viking athletics through 11 years of high-caliber play while placing an emphasis on academics and ethical behavior. Several teams reached national honor in their NJCAA division II tournaments.

Horn had a much longer history with Vicksburg High School athletics – 33 years, coaching for 28 years, athletic director for two. He coached several sports including basketball, track, baseball and cross country. Under his leadership in cross-country, the team recorded 402 wins and only 59 defeats.  His track teams compiled a 186 win and 59 loss record.  He was named Michigan Class B Cross Country Coach of the year in 1963-64 and again in 1964-65, and his cross-country teams were undefeated 13 times. His teams won many championships:  21 Wolverine Conference championships, 11 regional and a State Championship in Cross Country in 1963.  
He’s credited with saving Glen Oaks athletics toward the end of his tenure there.

“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.

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