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FT. WORTH, Texas – McMurry University swimming coach Bev Ball was honored for her 61 years of work in the sport, by receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 Texas Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame induction ceremony and Legends Dinner on Friday evening at the Steve and Sarah Smith Entrepreneurs Hall on the campus of TCU.

Ball’s honor coincided with the induction of Bruce Hayes, Shaun Jordan, Brian Robbins and Mike Sorrells as HOF members.

Ball is currently in her 12th year of guiding McMurry’s program as it moves from NCAA Division III to NCAA Division II next season. She is in her 61st year, overall, of serving as a coach/instructor for the sport in the Abilene area.

Prior to starting McMurry University’s swim program in 2000, Ball had a brief three-year coaching and teaching stint at Jefferson Middle School in Abilene before spending the next 46 years (1954-2000) at Abilene High and Cooper High School as swim coach for both teams.

The Lifetime Achievement Award from the TSDHOF is another in a long-line of honors that have been bestowed upon Ball over her career.

For the 1997-98 school year, the regional Fox Sports TV affiliate named Ball the Fox Sports Southwest “Coach Who

Makes A Difference.” She was awarded the Theron Pickle Outstanding Achievement Award by Texas High School swim coaches in 1998. In 1999, Ball was named the Chuck Mosier Girls Coach of the Year named after Mosier the legendary Abilene High football coach that won three state championships.
In 2003, she was inducted into the Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame for her service to Abilene High and Cooper. To celebrate 55 years of coaching in the Abilene area, mayor Norm Archibald declared June 10, 2006 as Bev Ball Day in the City of Abilene where she was honored at McMurry University in front of hundreds of former athletes, colleagues and friends.

Just a last week, Ball was recognized as one of the Women of Outstanding Achievement award winners from the Abilene branch of the American Association of University Women.

At McMurry, she’s coached two national qualifiers in Justin Schultz and Hillary Poole.

“Bev Ball is an institution in the sport of swimming and diving,” McM Director of Athletics Ron Holmes said. “You would have to go a long way to find another coach who has given so much for so many years to their sport. She is truly synonymous with swimming at McMurry University, as well as in the city of Abilene.

“When you consider how many lives of young people she has impacted over the course of her career, it makes you realize that her receiving the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ is both well-deserved and probably long overdue.

“I know I speak on behalf of everyone in the McMurry family in congratulating Bev on this award.”