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Melinda Fischer
Melinda Fischer

Hometown:
Pekin, Ill.

Last College:
Illinois State

Field Hockey (1968-70), Softball (1968-72), Women's Basketball (1968-72)

Inducted: 1993

A four-year member of the Illinois State women's basketball team... led the Redbirds to a runner-up finish in the 1969 Women's College World Series... served as co-head coach of the women's basketball team for five years before starting her softball coaching career ... has coached the Illinois State softball team since 1986, compiling over 850-career wins ... led the Redbirds to eight postseason appearances (1988, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2010,2011) ... won 10 conference championships (1986, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2011) ... winningest coach in Illinois State Athletics and Missouri Valley Conference history... named the Missouri Valley Conference All-Centennial Head Softball Coach ... named Missouri Valley Coach of the Year in 1995, 1996, 1999, 2001, and 2006 ... named Midwest Region and Gateway Coach of the Year in 1987... Fischer and her staff were named the 2006 NFCA Region Coaching Staff of the Year ...has been an Amateur Softball Association member since 1960.