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Wallace, Bettye - Coaching

WALLACE, BETTYE - Coaching – Henderson State University (1963 – 1987): - Wallace played tennis for Henderson State Teachers College and graduated in 1950. After coaching basketball at Murfreesboro (1950-51), teaching math at Rison (1951-45), and teaching Physical Education at Malvern (1954-63), Wallace returned to Henderson as a physical education teacher in 1963. Athletic Director Duke Wells asked Wallace if she would coach the women’s tennis team for the Reddies. At that time Henderson did not have women’s volleyball.  Wallace started the women’s volleyball program in 1965.  That move began an era of almost 25 years at Henderson in which Wallace led young women to success on and off the playing field. She was a pioneer in the promotion of women’s athletics in Arkansas. In 1966 she was instrumental in the development of an intercollegiate sports association for women, known as the Arkansas Women’s Intercollegiate Sports Association (AWISA).  Then in 1968 helped develop the Association of Intercollegiate Activities for Woman (AIAW) so that women could compete on a national level, rather than just a state level.   In 1972 and 1975, her Reddies won the AWISA championships in volleyball. Bettye was named the “Volleyball Coach of the Year” in 1982 and “Tennis Coach of the Year” in 1980 and 1981. In 1997, she was a charter inductee into the HSU Reddie Hall of Honor and, in 2006, HSU’s Bettye Wallace Tennis Center was dedicated in her honor.

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