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Valley recognizes three ISU legends

The Missouri Valley Conference is celebrating throughout 2018 the 25th anniversary of women sports in the league and the 45th year of Title IX.

In an event last month, ISU’s Kristi Cirone, Jill Hutchison and Linda Herman were honored for their impressive accomplishments.

Cirone ’09 was selected to the women’s basketball MVC 25-Year Team. Head women’s basketball coach at Judson University, Cirone is ISU’s all-time women’s team leader in points, three-point field goals made and attempted, free throws made and attempted, assists and assists per game.

Hutchison, M.S. ’69, spent 28 seasons as ISU’s head women’s basketball coach and compiled a record of 461-323. She guided the Redbirds to 16 national post-season tournament appearances, including three NCAA Tournament bids. She was named conference coach of the year three times.

Herman, M.S. ’72, Ed.D. ’83, served Illinois State and student-athletes for more than 30 years. She was head volleyball coach for seven years, with a record of 267-112 and two national tournament finishes. Herman then served as senior woman administrator and interim director of Athletics. Redbirds won 117 MVC titles under her leadership.

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