The Hall of Fame Committee is pleased to announce that Linda Wells will be the guest emcee at the 2012 banquet. Linda is a native of Pacific, Missouri and graduate of Pacific High School, where her parents and sister still reside.
Linda played volleyball, basketball, and softball in high school. She was class president, played in the band, was a cheerleader, in the class play, on the student council, and participated in debate and speech contests. Wells played trumpet and was the drum majorette; meanwhile, she also played in marching, jazz, concert, and town bands.
Ms. Wells attended Southeast Missouri State and played volleyball, basketball, softball, tennis, and field hockey while completing a degree in physical education, with minors in chemistry and biology. Linda also played women’s major softball and club volleyball, basketball and field hockey in St. Louis, MO.
She became the first full time female coach at the University of Minnesota and coached volleyball, basketball and softball. She was a member and president of the National Fast Pitch Coaches Association and became CEO and founder of the Wells Sports Corporation.
Completing her coaching career at Arizona State University, Linda was awarded the Sparky Award, the Arizona Coaches Award, and named to the SEMO Alum Merit List. She has been inducted into nine Hall of Fames, has been named an All-American, has played and coached in the professional ranks, and won six gold and silver international medals, including a Pan American Gold for the U.S. A. in 1987 and a silver at the Olympic Qualifier. She coached in the 2004 Olympic Games for the Greeks and the 2008 games in Beijing for The Netherlands. She left coaching in the top 10 all time in wins and coached numerous all Americans at the Regional and World Series level. Linda served as an international clinician for the International Softball Association and still produces instructional videos for publication through Championship Press. She has had her number retired by Pacific High School and a City of Pacific softball field is named in her honor. Most recently she received the University of Minnesota Alum Achievement Award, the highest award given to alums by the University.
Linda lives in Phoenix, AZ and is known to play a occasional round of golf and hostesses snowbirds throughout the winter. She often visits Pacific and has traveled throughout the world.
Welcome home Linda,
The St. Louis Softball Hall of Fame Committee