Dorm Saylors Hall of Fame dedication recognizes father of Pioneer athletics

Wed Oct 4, 2017 at 01:49 PM

Whether in the classroom, the basketball court, the baseball field, as an athletic administrator or now on the golf course, Dorm Saylors loves to compete and win. He’s never been afraid to put in the hard work it takes to be at the top of every game. 

Colleagues, friends and family recently attended a dedication of the North Arkansas College Dorm Saylors Hall of Fame located near Pioneer Pavilion. The College recognized Saylors with the named facility for his outstanding service as Northark Athletic Director for 25 years. Dorm’s leadership and work ethic combined to build a successful program that only one other two-year college in Arkansas operates to this day. Northark fields teams in men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball and has a spirit squad.

“In all my years at the College, Dorm’s the hardest working guy I have ever worked with!” Jim Stockton declared at the ceremony. “Everything that Dorm worked on and built is still right here, still in existence and still going strong.”  Stockton coached the Lady Pioneers, then moved into Public Relations, becoming the vice president for institutional advancement and ultimately serving as interim college president in 2011.

Saylors is truly the father of Pioneer athletics. He’s quick to thank the Athletic Directors that followed him, but he owns the historical memories that occur once in a lifetime.

When Northark opened its doors in 1974 Dorm and two others proposed the Pioneer mascot after the initial recommendation of the “Rebels” didn’t receive Board approval. In the following years, Dorm helped plan out the interior of the gym. He installed the backboards himself and even shot the basketball to make the first goal in Pioneer Pavilion. Later, he suggested the site for the baseball field. With that strong work ethic he was known for, he once again installed the bases and stepped up to throw the first pitch in Pioneer field to Lou Wood who was baseball coach at that time.

The large plaque that hangs in the Hall of Fame includes Special, Distinguished and Athletic recognition categories. Each year, new athletes, fans and volunteer names will be added to recognize the outstanding achievements and contributions that make Pioneer athletics successful. 

Saylors made a few comments after the plaque bearing his photo and name were unveiled. “This Hall of Fame has been in the works for years, and I’m so happy to see it come together.” He went on to thank administrators, “Thanks to Dr. Esters, Dr. Stockton, Dr. Arnold and the Board of Trustees for supporting the Hall of Fame and allowing me to be a part of it. I will remember this for as long as I live.” 

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