Illinois State softball coach Melinda Fischer will have a national award named in her honor.
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association has announced its Distinguished Service Award will be named after the longtime Redbird coach.
Fischer was the first recipient of the award in 2002.
“This honor was completely unexpected,” Fischer said. “Volunteering with an organization for a sport that you love seems pretty natural. Each and every year, I have been able to witness first-hand how things within the NFCA have evolved, and how things have continued to get bigger and better as we move into the future.”
Fischer is entering her 34th season as ISU’s coach. She is one of 22 Division I coaches with 1,000 career wins. She is also the winningest coach in ISU history in any sport.
Fischer is a NFCA Hall of Famer and has served multiple leadership roles with the association.
"Melinda is so deserving of this honor,” said NFCA Executive Director Carol Bruggeman. “Melinda has worked tirelessly in planning, organizing, and executing our annual Convention. Her expertise and attention to detail have helped the convention thrive over the years."
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