Bev Ball enters McMurry Athletics Hall of Honor
ABILENE, Texas - Legendary swimming coach Bev Ball was among the seven inducted into the McMurry University Athletics Hall of Honor on Saturday.
Those being inducted also included: Eric Burness (men's basketball); Brittany Cary-Harrison (women's golf); Richard "Dick" Compton (football); Sam Nichols (women's basketball coach); the 2006 women's cross country team, and; Sara Hernandez Hudman Graham (Bob and Clara Brown Award, for support of McM Athletics).
Bev Ball is one of the most beloved and revered individuals to ever don the McM colors in guiding one of the University's athletics programs. Beyond what her teams have accomplished in the pool, she is a shining example by the way she lives life and how she has embraced - and likewise been embraced - by the McMurry community. Among the legacy she leaves on the War Hawks swim program is guiding it into a conference home in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) in 2014. At the 2016 SCAC championships, Ball earned the women's co-Coach of the Year award, after her team earned a pair of gold medals and nearly every swimmer posted personal-best times at the meet. Prior to joining the SCAC, McMurry swimming competed in the New South Intercollegiate Conference (which had both NCAA II and NCAA III swimming membership) from 2000-2005, winning the league championship for both men and women in 2002 and 2003. After that, the War Hawks participated as an independent in the Liberal Arts Championships - recognized as a premiere small college meet - in lieu of a conference post-season meet.
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 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.
In April of 2012, Ball was named as a Woman of Outstanding Achievement by the Abilene branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Later that same month, McMurry's venerable swim coach also received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 Texas Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame induction ceremony and Legends Dinner.
Ball was further honored on August 25, 2016, when she was selected to throw out the first pitch at the Texas Rangers game (the Rangers beat the Cleveland Indians that night, 9-0).
Courtesy McMurry Athletics.