April 6, 2019 – Wayland Baptist University’s the Flying Queens 1948-1982 (the AAU and AIAW eras, will be enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame September 6, 2019 in Springfield, Massachusettes. The announcement was made by the Naismith organization today in conjunction with the Men’s Final Four.
This is the highest honor possible for a basketball team and entirely fitting for the Flying Queens. As groundbreakers in women’s collegiate basketball, the Wayland team’s rich history includes several induction worthy accomplishments:
The Wayland Flying Queens’ Program has produced numerous outstanding basketball players, coaches, and administrators that positively affected the history of basketball nationwide.
Eight individuals have been inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame (WBHOF) in Knoxville, Tennessee, with a ninth to be inducted this June. The WBHOF also inducted the 1953-1958 Queens as Trailblazers of the Game.
The Flying Queens’ Program also has three individuals who have previously been recognized by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Marsha Sharp, a former Queens’ assistant coach, received the Naismith Outstanding Contributor to Basketball Award 2010. Former player and longtime college official, Kaye Garms, received the Naismith 2014 Honoree for Women’s Collegiate Official of the Year Award. In 2018, Coach Harley Redin received the John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor outside of enshrinement into the Hall of Fame.