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Class of 1991
Minnesota: 1975 - 1989
Arizona State: 1990 - 2005
Linda Wells, NFCA member since 1983 and president of the association from 1984-1987, is one of the game's greatest prodigies. With her playing career spanning 30 years and her coaching lifetime approaching the 36-year mark, Wells also is one of the world's most sought-after and knowledgeable speakers in the game today.
Her most recent pursuit was as pitching coach for the Dutch Olympics, and previously, she served as head coach of the Greek National Team from 2002 to 2007, including the team's participation in the 2004 Olympics. In the 2005 European Championships, Wells coached the Greeks to the finals for the only time in the championship's history.
Wells retired from collegiate coaching in 2005, after 16 years as Arizona State head coach (1989-2005) and 17 years as head coach at Minnesota (1972-1989). While at Arizona State, she led the Sun Devils to 12 NCAA regional appearances and two trips to the Women's College World Series (1999 and 2002). She reached the 900-win mark during her final season in Tempe.
In 2004, Wells was honored by Arizona State, receiving the University's Sparky Award for Outstanding Service. She is a member of Minnesota's softball, volleyball, and athletics department halls of fame, and was inducted into the NFCA Hall of Fame in the first year of its existence — 1991.
More recently, Wells received the Alumni Merit Award from her alma mater, Southeast Missouri State, where she was a five-sport athlete. Her hometown of Pacific, Missouri, retired her number (No.6), and she is the only woman ever to have received this honor (there is only one man as well). Recently, her hometown renamed its softball park "Linda Wells Park."
An all-around athlete in her playing days, Wells competed at the national level in volleyball (USVBA), basketball (AAU), field hockey (USFHA) and softball (ASA). She played 18 years of women's major fastpitch and was also in the International Women's Professional Softball League (IWPSA).
Wells started the Wells Sports Corporation in 1982, and it specializes in products and services for youth sports, instructional camps, clinics and video.