ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Missouri Valley Conference will honor its past on Friday, March 6, 2015, when the league conducts its annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony in St. Louis.
Two former Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball Players of the Year and NBA First Round Draft picks Roger Phegley of Bradley and Mike Glenn of Southern Illinois, legendary gymnastics coach Roger Counsil of Indiana State, professional golfer and golf course designer D.A. Weibring of Illinois State, volleyball coaching great Linda Dollar of Missouri State and longtime Missouri Valley Conference administrator Joe Mitch comprise the 18th MVC Hall of Fame class.
For the 12th time in 13 years, the league will conduct its annual Hall of Fame ceremony as part the Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Championship weekend next March 5-8.
The March 6 festivities will begin with an 8 AM breakfast, followed by the induction ceremony at 8:30 AM.
Tickets to the 2015 Hall of Fame event – scheduled to be held in the Peabody Opera House which is adjacent to Scottrade Center – can be obtained by calling the league office at (314) 444-4300. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
“The Missouri Valley Conference has always been recognized for the great success of its athletics programs, with a rich history that dates back more than a century,” said Commissioner Doug Elgin. “Our MVC Hall of Fame has provided us with an opportunity to honor the student-athletes, coaches, administrators and contributors who have played important roles in the Conference and in intercollegiate athletics.”
“The individuals we will be honoring in the Class of 2015 are representative of the men and women who have preceded them in our Hall of Fame. They’ve brought significant honor to themselves, their institutions and to the Conference. We are truly humbled to have this opportunity to salute them for their achievements.”
ROGER PHEGLEY, BRADLEY A native of East Peoria, Ill., Roger Phegley becomes the seventh Braves men’s basketball player to enter the Missouri Valley Conference’s Hall of Fame and is the ninth overall inductee for Bradley University.
Phegley was originally recruited to Bradley as a scholarship baseball player, but instead made his name on the basketball court, joining the hoops program after excelling during pick-up games with his classmates.
Phegley became the first Bradley player and third Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball player to score more than 2,000 career points, tallying 2,064 points on the hardwood at Bradley from 1974-78.
He was the 1977 Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year and went on to earn second-team All-America honors from the Converse Yearbook and the Helms Foundation, as well as third-team honors from the UPI, in 1978
Phegley was a first-team All-MVC pick in 1977 and 1978 after averaging 27.4 and 27.6 ppg, respectively, and was third on The Valley’s all-time scoring list behind only Oscar Robertson and Cleo Littleton at the time of his graduation in 1978.
He still remains third on Bradley’s all-time scoring list and 13th on the MVC’s all-time list.
Forgoing a baseball career, Phegley was a first-round NBA Draft pick by the Washington Bullets in 1978, and he played six seasons in the NBA.
One of seven Bradley Basketball players to have his uniform number (45) retired, Phegley was selected to both the Bradley Basketball Team of the Century and the MVC All-Century squad.
He did pitch at Bradley during the 1975 and 1977 seasons, compiling a 4-5 record with three complete games in 13 career starts.
Phegley currently resides in Morton, Ill., and serves Central Illinois as a State Farm Insurance agent.
MIKE GLENN, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS A native of Rome, Ga., Mike Glenn becomes just the second Saluki men’s basketball player to enter the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame, joining Walt Frazier, and is the eighth overall inductee for Southern Illinois University.
The Salukis third all-time leading scorer (1,878 points), Glenn was a two-time first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference selection in 1976 and 1977.
He earned Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year honors in 1976 and was also a two-time first-team Academic All-American (1976 and 1977), including being the nation’s top vote-getter on the Academic All-American ballot in 1977.
Glenn played 10 seasons (1977-1987) in the NBA as a member of the Buffalo Braves, New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks, and Milwaukee Bucks.
Drafted 23rd overall by the Chicago Bulls in 1977, Glenn broke his neck in an offseason auto accident and was released from the team. He made a quick recovery, though, starting his NBA career later that same year with the Buffalo Braves.
In 1981, Glenn received the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for community service.
Since retiring as a basketball player, Glenn has worked as a television analyst, writer, and commissioner of the World Basketball Association.
Because of his business background, Glenn was also employed in the early 1990s by Merrill Lynch as a consultant for the NBA’s pre-pension plan.
He currently runs the Mike Glenn All-Star Basketball Camp for the Hearing-Impaired, which is the nation’s first basketball camp for deaf athletes and is offered every summer, free of charge, to as many as 120 deaf athletes from across the country. He has conducted this non-profit camp for 35 years.
Glenn worked as the Atlanta Hawks’ color commentator on SportSouth and FSN from 1992-2005, and now serves as analyst on Hawks Live, a pre-game and post-game show on FSN South.
In addition to his basketball-related work, Glenn is also an avid collector of collector of literary documents of American and African-American history and culture. With information from his library, he has written five books including his latest, My Next Shot Goes in: Ten Sacred Characteristics of NBA Players that lead to Success.
Glenn is also a motivational speaker.
ROGER COUNSIL, INDIANA STATE A native of Wood River, Ill., Roger Counsil of Indiana State enters the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame as an Institutional Great selection, and is also the first men’s gymnastics coach to be selected for the league’s Hall of Fame.
The Institutional Great distinction recognizes coaches, student-athletes and administrators who represented a current league school, when their institution was not a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.
Counsil was one of the most successful men’s gymnastics coaches in the United States and headed the United States Gymnastics Federation, now known as USA Gymnastics.
In his 17 years of coaching at Indiana State, his teams produced 46 All-Americans and a national championship in 1977, when he was also named the National Coach of the Year.
Counsil coached the likes of Kurt Thomas, a four time All-American who twice earned berths on the U.S. Olympic team, and Dave Seal, another Indiana State Athletics Hall of Fame inductee.
He was named the U.S. Olympic Team coach for the 1980 Olympic Games at Moscow, which were boycotted by the United States, and also held several other prestigious positions during his coaching tenure.
Counsil was also the chairman of the NCAA Gymnastics Committee, the men’s coach for the United States team at 1978 World Games, the host coach for the 1975 NCAA National Championships in Terre Haute and the executive director of the U.S. Gymnastics Federation. He was also inducted into the third class of the Indiana Gymnastics Hall of Fame in July of 2014.
A stand-out athlete at Southern Illinois University, he excelled in track, swimming and gymnastics. Counsil was the NAIA one-meter diving champion in 1957 – the same year he was named the “Most Valuable Athlete” at SIU.
D.A. WEIBRING, ILLINOIS STATE A native of Quincy, Ill., D.A. Weibring of Illinois State enters the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame as an Institutional Great selection, and is also the first golfer to be selected for the league’s Hall of Fame.
Weibring began his career at Illinois State as a freshman in 1972, where he earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament when his one-under-par round in the second round was one of only 10 sub-par scores at the tournament that year.
The Redbirds finished first in 13 tournaments and second in 15 tournaments while Weibring played for ISU. In 1975, he graduated from Illinois State and started touring with the PGA in 1977.
He won his first professional event at the Quad Cities Open in 1979, and subsequently has captured the Shell-Air New Zealand Open (1985), the Polaroid Cup (1985) in Japan, Beatrice Western Open (1987) and the Family House International (1989).
In 1991, he won the Hardee’s Golf Classic, and along with Andrew Magee, each established a PGA Tour scoring record for a 90-hole event, as both fired a remarkable 31-under-par 329 at the Las Vegas Invitational in that year.
In 1996, Weibring won the Canon Greater Hartford Open after bouts with walking pneumonia and Bells’ Palsy.
He had five top-10 finishes in major championships, including twice at the PGA Championship.
Weibring is currently playing on the PGA Champions Tour, after joining in 2003, and has won five times thus far, including his first major in 2008, the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship.
In 2004, he led the Champions Tour with 15 top-10 finishes in 25 appearances, including a wire-to-wire win at the Allianz Championship.
He was inducted into the Illinois PGA Hall of Fame in 2001.
For 25 years, Weibring took time from his busy schedule of touring with the PGA to promote the D.A. Weibring Redbird Golf Classic, where he raised 1.5 million dollars over the 25 year period.
In 1994, the D.A. Weibring Endowed Scholarship was created and is given to the men’s golf student-athlete that shows growing merit within academics and athletics.
The founder and chairman of Weibring-Wolfard Golf Design, he and his design team are credited with more than 80 projects worldwide. Weibring has designed, renovated and master planned golf courses in the U.S. and internationally, from private country clubs to PGA TOUR venues, from municipal courses to resort courses.
In July of 2007, the Illinois State Board of Trustees named the University golf course the “Weibring Golf Club at Illinois State University,” in recognition of Weibring’s commitment and contribution to Redbird Athletics and his achievements as a PGA member.
Weibring currently resides in Frisco, Texas, and he has three children, daughters Allison and Katy, and son, Mike.
LINDA DOLLAR, MISSOURI STATE A native of St. Louis, Mo., Linda Dollar becomes the second volleyball coach to be inducted into the MVC Athletics Hall of Fame, joining Iradge Ahrabi-Fard of Northern Iowa (2011).
With a career record of 758-266-21 in 24 seasons at Missouri State, Dollar ranked second at the end of her coaching days on the all-time list for wins in women’s college volleyball history.
She became the first women’s collegiate volleyball coach to reach 700 career victories when her team beat Bradley on Oct. 23, 1992.
In 24 seasons, she took Missouri State to 20-win seasons on 20 occasions.
During her regime, the Bears had a league-best 68-13 combined mark in Gateway Conference play and won the league tourney title in 1990, after six runner-up finishes. Missouri State also won four Gateway regular-season crowns.
Dollar was named the 1986 and 1990 Gateway Coach of the Year and the 1993 MVC Coach of the Year.
From 1972 through 1982, Missouri State reached the AIAW national tournament 11 seasons in a row. Before joining the NCAA in 1982, Missouri State was a power in AIAW, with a top national placing of fifth in 1981 and four seventh-place finishes.
Competing in AIAW Division I, Dollar’s Missouri State teams were regional champions in eight of her first 10 seasons, and until the AIAW terminated its national tournament in 1981, Dollar guided MSU to the event each season and logged six finishes among the nation’s top-10.
A 1970 Missouri State graduate, Dollar competed four years each in volleyball, basketball and softball, and also participated in tennis, field hockey and golf.
She was inducted into the Missouri State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1983 and received the MSU Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 1987. In the spring of 1994, Dollar was inducted into the Springfield Area Sports Hall of Fame, becoming the first female in that shrine. Dollar was also inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.
During the summer of 1996, she served as a supervisor for men’s and women’s volleyball at the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta.
She also served as the first Director of Compliance for Missouri State athletics from when she stopped coaching volleyball in 1995 until her retirement from MSU in 2002.
Dollar, who has served on the Board of Directors of the AVCA and the USVBA, received the AVCA Founders Award and the USAV Leader in Volleyball Award in 2000. Dollar completed a five-year term as the District V representative to the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Committee in 2001 and chaired the NACWAA Volleyball Committee.
Dollar currently resides in Springfield, Mo.
JOE MITCH, MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE A native of Buchanan, Mich., Joe Mitch of the Missouri Valley Conference is the 14th honoree in The Valley’s Lifetime Achievement category.
The Lifetime Achievement category honors, when appropriate, former players, coaches, administrators or alumni who competed, worked or attended a current league school.
Mitch started as assistant commissioner of the Missouri Valley Conference in 1985 when the league office relocated to St. Louis from Tulsa, and was promoted to associate commissioner in 1988.
He served as the tournament director for the men’s basketball tournament from 1985 to 2012, including the first 22 Arch Madness events in St. Louis.
Mitch was the league administrator for the sport of baseball, where he served as tournament director, arranged league schedules and oversaw the assignment of umpires for league games.
He was also the primary staff contact for MVC Sports Properties, which handles television advertising and sponsorship sales for The Valley, and oversaw marketing and promotions for the Conference.
Mitch served as a member of the Local Organizing Committee for NCAA basketball tournaments in St. Louis and participated in a presentation to the NCAA that led to St. Louis being awarded the 2005 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four where he served as chair of the games management committee for the St. Louis Local Organizing Committee. Overall, he has been involved in various capacities in 38-straight NCAA Final Fours.
During his career, he was tournament manager of seven NCAA Tournaments (1993, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2007 and 2010 Midwest Regionals and the 2002 Midwest First/Second Rounds), local media coordinator for the 1978 NCAA Final Four in St. Louis and three Midwest Regionals (1975, 1979 and 1982) and worked numerous other NCAA basketball tournaments as a media relations specialist.
He was publicist for the 1983 Davis Cup tennis quarterfinals in St. Louis and the 1977 Intercontinental Cup basketball series for the U.S. squad that played games against national teams in Italy, Greece, Belgium, Israel, Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union.
Mitch was selected to serve as a media relations officer at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and the 1994 U.S. Olympic Festival in St. Louis.
In 2013, he received the College Sports Information Directors of America Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to members who have served at least 25 years in the profession.
His professional career spans 45 years, most of which has been in intercollegiate athletics. Mitch served as assistant commissioner with the Metro Conference from 1976 to 1983 and held sports information positions at four institutions, including Illinois-Chicago (1968-70), Southern Illinois (1970-73), Dayton (1973-75) and Saint Louis (1975-76).
He acted as communications manager for the St. Louis-based Sports Time Cable Network from 1983-85 and briefly worked at Southwestern Bell Publications (1985) before joining the MVC.
A 1968 graduate of Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, he also serves as executive director of the 900-member U.S. Basketball Writers Association – a position he’s held since 1983.
He and his wife Sue, an ordained Methodist minister, have two adult children, Jeff and Stacey.