Webb’s Shelley Collier Inducted Into Lady Volunteer Hall of Fame


Webb Lady Spartan head varsity basketball coach and assistant athletic director, Shelley (Sexton) Collier, is among the seven University of Tennessee former student-athletes to be inducted into the Lady Volunteer Hall of Fame Class of 2010.


“This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Lady Volunteer Hall of Fame,” said University of Tennessee Women’s Athletics Director Joan Cronan on GoVolsXtra.com. “We are pleased to welcome seven outstanding former Lady Vols to the Hall of Fame Class of 2010. Each of these exceptional women contributed significant achievements and performances, which will forever be woven into the fabric of the Tennessee Lady Vol program.”


The athlete honorees include: Shelley Sexton Collier and Chamique Holdsclaw (basketball), Amy Delashmit Neubauer (rowing), Laura Lauter Smith (soccer), Katharina Larsson Samuelsson (golf), Margie Lepsi Schroeffel (tennis), and Adrienne Walker Cherry (softball). Athletes are eligible for inclusion 10 years after they have graduated from the University.


A point guard for the UT Lady Vols, Collier competed on the Tennessee hoops squad from 1982 to 1987. A fierce competitor, Collier came back from a serious knee injury to captain her team to the first NCAA title in Lady Vol basketball history in 1987. She was named the MVP of the 1986 NCAA Mideast Regional, appeared on the 1986 NCAA Mideast Regional All-Tournament Team, and helped to lead her team to the 1985 SEC Championship and the 1985 SEC Tournament Championship.


Shelley Collier graduated from UT in 1987 with a B.S. degree in physical education. Now starting her 13th year as head coach of the Lady Spartan basketball team, Collier has guided her squads to two state titles – one in 2007 (the Lady Spartans’ first-ever state crown) and the other in 2009. Two of her former players are on the Lady Vol basketball team – junior Glory Johnson ’08 and redshirt freshman Faith Dupree ’09.


Induction activities for the Lady Vol Hall of Fame are scheduled to begin Friday evening, September 24, with a private induction ceremony at the Downtown Hilton. On Saturday, September 25, the Hall of Famers will meet with the current athletes and staff of their respective former Lady Vol teams. The celebration then moves to Neyland Stadium, where the honorees will be saluted during the Tennessee versus University of Alabama at Birmingham football game.