The grandchildren of John L. Griffith, founder of the Drake Relays, accept his MVC Hall of Fame plaque. Pictured left to right are: Kit Coombs, John Griffith and Jody Lapp along with MVC Commissioner Doug Elgin.
John L. Griffith, founder of the Drake Relays, and former
Drake women’s basketball standout Lorri Bauman were among seven people inducted
into the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame during a Friday breakfast at
the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
Bauman was selected as an MVC Institutional Great, while
John L. Griffth entered the Hall of Fame as a Lifetime Achievement choice.
The Lifetime Achievement category honors, when appropriate,
former players, coaches, administrators or alumni who competed, worked or
attended a current league school.
The Institutional Great distinction honors a player, coach
or athletic administrator who competed or worked at a current league school,
when the institution was not a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.
Bauman graduated from Drake in 1984 as the all-time NCAA Division
I women’s basketball scoring leader with 3,155 points.
An innovator as well as athletics director and multi-sport
head coach at Drake, Griffith founded the storied Drake Relays — an annual
track and field event that features the very best in collegiate and
international competition. The 100th running of the Drake Relays will be held
Basketball standout Junior Bridgeman of Louisville, track
and field coaching legend John Coughlan of Illinois State, late head basketball
coach Eddie Hickey of Creighton and Saint Louis and basketball icon John Wooden
of Indiana State also were inducted into the 12th MVC Hall of Fame class.
Bridgeman was enshrined as a Hall of Fame selection, while
Coughlan and Hickey were Coaches Wing choices. Wooden joined Griffith in the
Hall of Fame as Lifetime Achievement choice.
Drake athletic director Sandy Hatfield Clubb accepts MVC Hall of Fame plaque for former Drake women’s basketball player Lorri Bauman from MVC Comissioner Doug Elgin.