Announcing the Joseph A. Halm Cross Country Coach's Award
Joe Halm, taught and coached at Episcopal for 18 years before tragically dying of a heart attack in 2014. Halm coached and taught hundreds of students during his years at Episcopal and was a beloved member of our community. His generosity of spirit made a tremendous impact on those who knew him, and it is no exaggeration to say his legacy on campus endures today.
Reid Nickle ’11 — one of Coach Halm’s former runners — and his parents approached Episcopal in 2021 with the idea of naming the existing Cross Country Coach’s Award in his honor as tribute to Halm’s profound impact at EHS.
Given at the end of every season, the Cross Country Coach’s Award goes to the runner most deserving of recognition for being a positive influence, team leader, and strong contributor to the overall success and experience for all involved, both on and off the field. There is no more fitting award to attach Halm’s name to given his skill for bringing out the best in his runners and celebrating each of their successes. When learning of this fundraising effort, colleague Steve Castle said, “This is absolutely the one award that Joe would have wanted in his name.”
Thanks to the generosity of the Nickle family and numerous other alumni and parents, the minimum funding level for the naming has been reached. All members of our community are still invited to make a gift here in support of the Joseph A. Halm Cross Country Coach's Award. A listing of all donors’ names will be included in the 2021-22 Annual Report. As all gifts will be directed in support of Episcopal’s general endowment, which provides about one third of the School's operating budget through an annual endowment draw, your participation in this effort will provide ongoing support for a wide array of needs.
The first ever Joseph A. Halm Cross Country Coach's Award will be given at the fall 2022 athletics banquet.
Please stay tuned for additional events celebrating Coach Halm and his embodiment of the qualities of “leadership and service to others” during the Reunion in June.