– Missouri State head softball coach Holly Hesse
will be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in January, along with former baseball standout and doctor with the St. Louis Cardinals Brian Mahaffey and KOLR 10 Sports Director Dan Lucy, announced Tuesday, Dec. 12. The Class of 2018 will be inducted at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 28 at the University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center.
Hesse, who in 2018 will begin her 30th season as Missouri State University's softball coach, is the second-winningest coach in Missouri Valley Conference history and the winningest coach in MSU softball history. Her record stands at 749-747-2 and includes two regular-season Valley championships, five Valley tournament championships and five NCAA Tournament appearances. Her Bears teams lead all Valley schools with 72 wins in the Valley tournament.
A graduate of Waukon (Iowa) High School and Creighton University, Hesse has coached 33 First Team All-Conference players and nine Missouri State Athletics Hall of Fame inductees. In 2016, the Missouri State University Board of Governors honored Hesse with the Staff Excellence in Public Affairs Award for her work and accomplishments in support of MSU's public affairs mission.
Mahaffey is now Medical Director of Mercy Sports Medicine, having earned his doctorate at the University of Missouri. He was the Head Physician for Missouri State Athletics for 16 years. With the St. Louis Cardinals, he was franchise's Minor League Liaison for 10 years while overseeing the club's Double-A Springfield affiliate and, since 2013, has been a member of the big-league Cardinals' medical staff. Mahaffey was a four-year standout for the Missouri State baseball team (1985-1988), playing for four Mid-Continent Conference championship teams and the 1987 NCAA Tournament team. He was a three-time First Team All-Conference selection and the 1998 Mid-Continent Player of the Year as he held seven program career records, including home runs (42) and RBI (175), and ranked second in seven other categories. He was inducted into the Missouri State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005 and the inaugural class of the MSU Athletic Academic Hall of Fame in 2014.
Lucy will mark his 34th year in sports broadcasting in 2018 – all in Missouri. He spent his first four years at KOMU TV in Columbia and, since 1988, has worked at KOLR 10 TV in Springfield, including the past 25 years as its Sports Director. Lucy has been a part of the Missouri State University TV broadcast crew, hosted the MSU football and basketball coaches shows for years and is a correspondent for the Missouri Valley Conference. The son of a U.S. Army colonel, Lucy is a 1981 graduate of Omaha, Nebraska's Millard South High School and a 1985 graduate of the University of Missouri. He has covered eight World Series, a Super Bowl, a PGA Championship, two Major League Baseball All-Star Games, an NHL All-Star Game as well as NCAA basketball tournaments. Lucy, who overcame prostate cancer in 2014, has been the emcee for the Boys and Girls Club Steak & Steak dinner for more than 20 years.
Also joining the Class of 2018 is Mike Garrett, a 1965 Heisman Trophy Winner and Kansas City Chiefs running back, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Lee Smith, University of Missouri football standout Howard Richards, St. Louis Football Cardinals and Kansas City running back Jim Otis, conservationist and outdoorsman Martin MacDonald, Missouri football player Gary Barnett, Missouri Valley Conference Commissioner Doug Elgin, U.S. Olympic silver medalist in the shot put Christian Cantwell, Missouri basketball player Kerensa Barr Cassis, Rockhurst High School football coach Tony Severino, longtime Northwest Missouri State basketball coach Steve Tappmeyer, PGA teaching professional Rick Grayson, leading sports broadcasting company Learfield, Lamar High School Football Program, Springfield-Greene County Park Board, Independent Printing and Rick Todd of Herschend Family Entertainment.
Individual tickets for the induction ceremony are $150. Sponsorship tables of 10 are available for $1,500 and include an autographed poster of the Class of 2018, as well as recognition in the printed program and at the table. For tickets or more information, call the Hall of fame at 417-889-3100.