Missouri State to Retire Jersey for Linda Dollar on Sept. 5
July 31, 2014
SPRINGFIELD -- Missouri State will raise another banner to the storied Hammons Student Center rafters Sept. 5 when it honors long-time volleyball coach Linda Dollar with a retired jersey at the Bears’ match against Western Kentucky at 7 p.m. Coach Dollar’s honor coincides with the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Academic Achievement Center Dedication and Legacy Celebration, as MSU celebrates two of its greatest women’s athletics pioneers on a special weekend.
“I was surprised, honored and humbled to learn of the recognition to take place on September 5th,” Dollar said of the honor. “To have it on the same day as the dedication of the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Academic Achievement Center means so much to me as Dr. Wynn was not only my volleyball coach, but my mentor, colleague and she remains a great friend. This is definitely a tribute to the many volleyball student-athletes who have passed through our great MSU Volleyball program.”
Dollar coached the volleyball Bears from 1972-1995, finishing her 24-year career with an overall record of 758-266-21. Her 758 wins and .735 winning percentage remain among the NCAA’s top 25 all-time coaching records, while she became the first coach to reach the 700-win plateau and retired in second place on the all-time wins list.
She led the Bears to 13 national postseason appearances, placing as high as fifth in 10 trips to the AIAW national tournament and qualifying for the NCAA Tournament in 1982, 1990 and 1993. The three-time conference coach of the year mentored one All-American, 14 all-region players, 36 all-conference players and five academic All-Americans during her tenure. Dollar still ranks first in Missouri Valley Conference history in total victories and third in winning percentage.
A 1970 graduate of Missouri State, Dollar was inducted into the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1983 and was the first female inducted into the Springfield Sports Hall of Fame. She also served as a Field of Play Supervisor for men’s and women’s volleyball at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
“The Missouri State Volleyball Bears have a long and storied tradition,” Missouri State Director of Athletics Kyle Moats said. “That tradition was established under Coach Dollar’s leadership, and it is because of her success on the court and in the classroom, as well as her continued commitment to Missouri State University, that we honor her.”
Volleyball tickets are available at MissouriStateBears.com/tickets or by calling Duane Miller at (417) 836-8899.