Dr. Mildred Barnes, who coached the Jennies for nine seasons (1971-80), is credited with laying the foundation that helped make the Jennies' basketball program one of the best in the nation. She never had a losing season in her nine-year career, compiling a 156-63 record and winning two AIAW state championships. Barnes retired from Central Missouri in 1991 as professor emeritus of physical education, following 22 years of service to the university.
Highly respected in women's basketball circles nationwide, Barnes became the first woman to serve on the board of trustees of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame (1977-86) and was the only woman out of 50 trustees until the late 1980’s.
She wrote the first book on five-player women's basketball, served on the U.S. Olympic Women's Basketball Committee as the chair and was instrumental in bringing the first U.S. Olympic Women's Basketball Team to Warrensburg to train prior to the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.
In addition to the Central Missouri Hall of Fame, she is in four others including the Northeast Women’s Hall of Fame (1994), the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame (2005), the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame (2000), and the Boston University Athletic Hall of Fame (1978) where she was the first woman ever inducted.
As an athlete, she was a member of the U.S. National Lacrosse team and competed nationally in field hockey, tennis, and badminton. She was drafted by the women’s professional baseball league and was on the All-American Lacrosse Team 12 years in a row. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Boston University, and her master’s and doctorate degrees from Surgent University.
Dr. Mildred Barnes – Women’s Basketball Coach, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MOServing as Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Central Missouri State University from 1971 to 1980, Dr. Barnes’s teams posted a 156 – 63 record. That 71.2% mark came against Division I and Division II schools. Against DI schools her record was 95 – 33 and against Big Ten institutions, she was a perfect 8 – 0. Her teams qualified for the AIAW National Championship twice. Dr. Barnes is a member of five Halls of Fame. As a former athlete, she competed in lacrosse, field hockey, badminton and tennis.
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Priest Holmes – Running Back, Kansas City ChiefsBorn in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Priest Holmes was raised in San Antonio, Texas. Holmes played football at John Marshall High School, where he led his school to the state championship game. After graduating from high school in 1992, he attended the University of Texas at Austin. In 1997, his NFL Career took him to play for the Baltimore Ravens, where he earned a ring in Super Bowl XXXV. In 2001, he joined the Kansas City Chiefs where he set team records in career rushing attempts, career rushing yards, career rushing touchdowns, and total touchdowns and was named NFL Offensive Player of the Year in 2002.
Tom Herr – Second Baseman, St. Louis CardinalsA fan favorite during the 1980’s, Tom Herr starred for the St. Louis Cardinals in three World Series’. During the '85 season, he set career highs in nearly every statistical category, including an amazing 110 RBI’s, which came along with only 8 home runs. Tom was selected to the 1985 All Star team for his efforts. In a 13-season career, he batted .271 with 28 home runs and 574 RBI’s in 1514 games. He had 1450 career hits in 5349 at bats. He is best remembered for hitting a walk-off grand slam in extra innings against the New York Mets on April 18, 1987.
Kenny Schrader – Automobile Racing, Fenton, MODespite having a full-time NASCAR ride for over twenty years, Fenton, Missouri’s Kenny Schrader frequently races at local tracks between NASCAR races. The 1985 NASCAR Rookie of the Year and owner of Ken Schrader Racing races in many racing divisions, and has been successful in every division he has stepped into. He owns a dirt late model and dirt open wheel modified car. Both of these cars, along with his Camping World Truck Series and ARCA series cars, are sponsored by Federated Auto Parts.
Mike Matheny – Catcher, St. Louis Cardinals