As part of a special awards ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the Gallaudet University National Academic Bowl, a Hall of Fame category was initiated. The first two coaches to be inducted into the Gallaudet University National Academic Bowl Hall of Fame were ISD's veteran (18 years) coaches, Mary Kovatch and Chuck Daube.
ISD graduate and Academic Bowl player, Pia Marie Paulone was recognized for her experience as a National Player of the Year, member of ISD's National Championship Team, and for her contribution as a past Academic Bowl coach at the Texas School for the Deaf.
Special related note: In 2011, Gallaudet University initiated another special recognition, "Coach(es) of the Tournament." ISD coaches, Mary Kovatch and Chuck Daube were also the first coaches to be awarded that honor.