Flying Queens, Redin nominated for Hall of Fame

Flying Queens, Redin nominated for Hall of Fame
Wayland Baptist (Source: Wayland Baptist University)

PLAINVIEW, TX (KCBD) - Information provided by Wayland Baptist University Athletics

The Wayland Baptist Flying Queens and their longtime coach, Harley Redin, once again are up for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The winningest women's basketball team in collegiate history with more than 1,600 victories, the Flying Queens and Redin – the now 98-year-old coach who guided them during most of a record 131-game winning streak from 1953-58 and to six of their 10 AAU championships – are among the 16 Women's Committee nominations.

A press conference announcing the finalists from the North American and Women's committee for the Class of 2018 will be held during NBA All-Star Weekend, which is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 17 in Los Angeles. The entire Class of 2018, including those selected by the direct elect committees, will be unveiled during the NCAA Final Four in San Antonio.

Enshrinement festivities will take place in Springfield, Mass., Sept. 6-8, 2018. Tickets for the various Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2018 enshrinement events are on sale on www.hoophall.com.

The Flying Queens and Redin have been nominated on several occasions in the past, including the last two years. Each of those years the Flying Queens were named finalists.

Everyone associated with the program, both past and present, hopes 2018 is the year it happens.

"It's great to be nominated again, and we think it's time the Flying Queens and Coach Redin are deservedly recognized at the highest level for their amazing accomplishments," Wayland Baptist Athletics Director Rick Cooper said. "The contributions Coach Redin made to the game of basketball are undeniable, and the incredible achievements by Flying Queens teams over the past seven decades are without comparison."