(WXYZ) — The Michigan Sports Hall of Fame announced its newest class, and it includes an Olympic champion, a Stanley Cup champion, a Basketball Hall of Famer, state champions, and a couple of national champions.
Former Pistons guard Grant Hill and Red Wings defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov join the MSHOF in the professional category. Michigan State standout Morris Peterson, Heisman winner Charles Woodson, Olympic swimmer Allison Schmitt, and legendary women's basketball star Diane Dietz made it from the amateur category.
Longtime Clarkston basketball coach Dan Fife joins the Hall of Fame, as well as media entrants Harry Atkins of the Associated Press and longtime Lions writer Mike O'Hara. Tom Wilson spearheaded change within the Pistons and Red Wings organizations. He is now a Hall of Famer.
The MSHOF ceremony is on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit. Ticket prices begin at $25 and are now available at mshof.org.
Descriptions from the Hall of Fame:
Grant Hill- 5-time NBA All-Star with the Detroit Pistons in the 1990s
Vladimir Konstantinov – 1997 Stanley Cup Champion defenseman with the Detroit Red Wings, helped inspire back-to-back Championships in 1998
Diane Dietz – An all-state multi-sport athlete at Mercy High School in Farmington Hills who set the scoring record for women’s basketball at the University of Michigan, a mark that stood for 36 years.
Morris Peterson – A Flint native and the leading scorer on Michigan State University’s 2000 NCAA men’s basketball National Championship team.
Allison Schmitt – A Canton native who has won 17 medals in international swimming competitions, including six Olympic medals, three of them gold.
Charles Woodson-1997 Heisman Trophy Winner and two-time All-American football defensive back for the University of Michigan
Dan Fife- In 36 years as the head basketball coach at Clarkston High School, his alma mater, he finished with more than 700 wins, third place in Michigan high school history
Harry Atkins- As Michigan sports editor for the Associated Press for 21 years, he told Michigan sports stories to national and global audiences
Mike O’Hara – A Detroit News sports writer from 1966 to 2008, best known for his 31-year tenure as the Lions beat writer
Tom Wilson – An executive in both the Detroit Pistons and Detroit Red Wings organizations, he led the creation of two local venues that helped set the national standard for arenas, The Palace of Auburn Hills and Little Caesars Arena.