Mallory Leggett Receives Linda Herman Endowment
June 8, 2010
NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State senior outside hitter Mallory Leggett received the 2010 Dr. Linda Herman Endowed Scholarship Tuesday, as announced by ISU head coach Melissa Myers. Leggett is the fifth recipient of the scholarship named in honor of the former Redbird volleyball coach and administrator.
"Mallory Leggett represents this scholarship well because of her commitment to her growth as a student and athlete," Myers said. "She has become a great example on the court with her work ethic and determination, showing regard not only for her own development as a player, but also that of her teammates. She's has made, and will continue to make, a positive impact in the program."
Leggett was an All-Valley First-Team selection last year after leading the Redbirds in kills (369), kills per set (3.55), service aces (46) and points (440.5). She led the Redbirds in kills in 21 matches, including 20 matches with double-digit kills, and was named to the all-tournament team in all three tournaments the Redbirds participated in.
Leggett achieved two career milestones in 2009. She surpassed 1,000 career kills at Drake and a week later, surpassed 1,000 career digs against Southern Illinois. She became the fifth player in Illinois State history to achieve both milestones in a career and just the second to accomplish both as a junior.
"Dr. Linda Herman has greatly contributed to the success of Redbird Athletics and I am thrilled to be the recipient of this scholarship in her name," Leggett said. "I just hope that I can have the same impact on my teammates that she has had on Redbird volleyball for more than three decades, and most importantly personify the meaning she has given to what it takes to be a female athlete."
The scholarship, which is awarded annually to a Redbird volleyball student-athlete, was created in honor of former volleyball coach and interim athletics director Dr. Linda Herman in September 2005. Rose Stadel, the widow of Joe Warner, handed over the proceeds from the 2005 Joe Warner Memorial Golf Classic to initiate funds for the endowment. The late Warner spent three decades as a prominent business and community leader in central Illinois before his tragic death in a 2002 plane crash. He was an avid Redbird fan and supporter.
Herman was one of Illinois State's most influential administrators. She was named the 1995 National Associate of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA) District V Administrator of the Year, and was also the recipient of the Bloomington/Normal YWCA Women of Distinction Award for outstanding leadership and excellence in education in 1997.
Herman spent seven years as the head Redbird volleyball coach, and served four separate stints as ISU's interim athletics director. She was inducted into the Illinois State Athletics Hall of Fame in September 2005, and in December 2003, was inducted into the American Volleyball Coaches Association's (AVCA) inaugural Hall of Fame class.
The Herman Endowed Scholarship is one of 23 endowed scholarships available to Illinois State student-athletes that are funded by private donors.
For more information about supporting this, or any other Illinois State University endowment scholarships, call The Redbird Club office at (309) 438-3803.