The University of Tampa Athletic Hall of Fame was established as a way to aid the athletic department, its players, and teams through sponsorship of banquets and improvement of dressing, training, practice, and playing facilities. The hopes were that the existence of the Hall would encourage and motivate exemplary contributors, players, and coaches to exceed prior accomplishments. Several of the Hall members’ accomplishments since leaving the university include: four World Series rings, one World Series-winning manager, an Olympic Gold Medal, six Super Bowl rings by three different players, a number one NFL draft selection, 18 players drafted or started in the NFL, a three-time Wimbledon tennis player, two major college football All-Americans, one Heisman Trophy nominee, a PGA Rookie of the Year, one NBA veteran, one World Cup soccer player and two alumni coaches who have guided UT teams to national championships. Three Spartan head football coaches have been voted into the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame.
The University of Tampa Hall of Fame, which began in 1962, now includes 178 members.