Richmond Awarded Herman Endowment

June 13, 2008

NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State two-time first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference performer M.C. Richmond started off her senior campaign by being recognized with one of the Redbird volleyball program's highest honors Friday, after being named the 2008 recipient of the Dr. Linda Herman Endowed Scholarship.

The scholarship, to be 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.

Richmond has established herself as one of the most prolific offensive players in the Missouri Valley Conference over the past two seasons. Last season, Richmond set career-highs in kills (395), digs (422), set assists (110) and points (463.5). Her 422 digs were 39 more than she tallied in her first two seasons combined. Richmond recorded 23 matches with double-digit kills, including four 20-plus kill outings. She also had 17 double-doubles (kills-digs) on the season.

In 2006, Richmond received first-team all-Valley accolades after averaging 3.16 kills-per-game, and 2.28 digs-per-frame. She collected double-digit kill efforts in 23 individual matches, including the last seven of the season, while hitting .300 or better 11 times.

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.

Richmond was honored to be associated with such an award.

"The more I learn about Linda Herman, the more I am impressed by her dedication to ISU volleyball, athletics, and academics," said Richmond. "I am honored to receive this award honoring her name. I hope to become an encouragement to my teammates in the same way Dr. Herman has shown me what it means to be a female in athletics, and most importantly, as a student here at Illinois State."

New Illinois State head coach Melissa Myers saw Richmond as a natural fit for Herman's endowment.

"M.C. Richmond embodies several great qualities and represents this scholarship and honor very well," said Myers. "She is a leader on the court by the way that she plays and competes, but also by the way that she makes players around her better. Her leadership off the court is equally as influential through her intelligence, commitment and attentiveness to those around her. In my short time at ISU and with my initial interactions with M.C., it is easy to see why she has had such success."

"It is a great honor for M.C. to be associated with Dr. Linda Herman's name," Myers added. "Her contributions as a coach, administrator, and supporter are of great value to women's volleyball and the entire Illinois State community. The foundation she laid in this program still exists to this day, and her impact and legacy will always be a part of the great history and tradition of Redbird volleyball."

The Linda Herman Endowment is one of ISU's partially funded scholarships. For information about supporting this, or other Illinois State University endowments for student-athletes, call The Redbird Club office at (309) 438-3803.