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Judy Sherman


Class of 1992 

Pacific University (Oregon): 1979 - 1992

Sherman Question and Answer (Written 2009)

 

Biography:

Judy Sherman, 1992 NFCA Hall of Fame inductee, is most noted for the contributions made to Pacific University in Oregon during her 37-year career at the institution. Primarily a softball coach, Sherman also coached field hockey, volleyball, women's basketball and track and field at some point before she was named director of athletics in 1992. 

During her tenure, she oversaw the university's successful transition from NAIA to NCAA Division III, grew the athletic department's budget by 33 percent and played a role in the transition of the university's physical education program to exercise science. She also added or reinstated six varsity programs: women's golf, men's and women's track and field, women's wrestling, and men's and women's swimming. She also was the driving force behind the creation of the Pacific Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992. 

From 2000 to 2004, Sherman played a key role in the expansion and improvement of the university's athletics facilities. She was the catalyst behind a $3 million remodeling project of the Pacific Athletic Center (PAC), including the addition of a new, 5,000-square foot weight and fitness center and the remodeling of coaches' offices.

Sherman coached softball at the school for 27 years, leading the Boxers to small college dominance. She compiled a 418-146 record (.741 winning percentage), ranking her among the winningest coaches at any level. She led Pacific to a string of six consecutive conference championships, from 1980-1985, losing only two conference games during that stretch. Her Boxer teams played in national tournaments on seven different occasions, including a third-place finish in 1985 and a fourth-place finish in 1980.

Eleven of her players were named All-American and 81 of her athletes were all-conference. In 1995, Sherman was named Northwest Conference Softball Coach of the Year and the NFCA NAIA West Region Coach of the Year.

A native of Forest Grove, Oregon, the location of the college, Sherman earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from nearby Oregon State University. She is a past president of the NAIA Softball Coaches Association and a former NFCA board member. Besides her induction into the NFCA Hall of Fame, she was the first softball coach honored with induction into the NAIA Hall of Fame, and was inducted into Pacific's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.