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Class of 1991
Wisconsin - Parkside: 1978 - 1992
Linda Draft, a 1991 inductee into the NFCA Hall of Fame, is a long-time coach, teacher and athletic administrator. A native of Spring Lake, Michigan, Draft earned a B.A. in mathematics with a minor in business administration from Hope College in 1972. She returned to Hope College to complete a minor in physical education in 1975. She received a master's in athletic administration and coaching from Michigan State in 1977.
Once receiving her master's, Draft started her professional career as an assistant athletics director, assistant clinical professor and volleyball/softball coach at Wisconsin-Parkside. More than 30 years later, Draft still works at the school as a full-time clinical associate professor in the Sports and Fitness Management major.
Although no longer coaching, Draft coached volleyball at the school for five years and women's softball for 15 years. She served as athletics director for five years and as assistant and associate athletics director for a span of more than 25 years.
Her softball teams won 14 NAIA district championships and were also District VI champions six times. In 1990, her team finished fourth at the NAIA national tournament, and it was during this time that she was selected as the National Softball Coaches Association (now NFCA) NAIA Coach of the Year. She is a member of the NAIA National Hall of Fame and District 14 Hall of Fame.
Her players were named all-American 26 times. Besides her involvement as an officer for the NAIA Softball Coaches Association, Draft served as the NAIA softball playing rules representative for eight years, and the NCAA representative for four subsequent years. In 1987 she was a member of the Pan American Softball Team Selection Committee.