Wayland Baptist Coach Harley Redin dies at 100 - FOX34 Lubbock

Wayland Baptist Coach Harley Redin dies at 100

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Long-time Wayland Baptist University coach Harley Redin passed away in Plainview Saturday, Aug. 1. He was 100 years old, less than a month from his 101st birthday on Aug. 29.

Hired as athletic director and men's basketball coach to revive the sport at Wayland Baptist College in Plainview, he coached the Pioneers for eight years with a record of 151-88 and three appearances in the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City.

"Harley was a remarkably successful coach at Wayland and a true friend. His record of coaching success is in many ways unmatched, and his accomplishments are immortalized along with those of many of his teams in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame," WBU President Dr. Bobby Hall said.  "Harley's influence on the game is appreciated worldwide and his impact on Wayland will be felt forever."

Redin later coached the Wayland Flying Queens to 76 of their still national-record 131 consecutive wins that ranged from the first game of the 1953-54 season through the semifinals of the National Amateur Athletic Union Tournament semifinals in the 1957-58 campaign. Those teams were named Trailblazers of the Game by the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013. 
From 1955-73, Redin directed the Queens to a 437-68 record (his first two teams were unbeaten) with six national AAU titles and six second places, usually to archrival Nashville Business College. Wayland was a leader in offering athletic scholarships for women, many of whom otherwise would have not been able to attend college. 

"A WWII bomber pilot and women's basketball legend, Coach Harley Redin was a West Texas icon. In addition to coaching the U.S. women's teams in '59 and '71, he led the Wayland Flying Queens, in my hometown of Plainview, to 76 of their still national-record 131 consecutive wins," Lubbock Congressman Jodey Arrington said. 

A private graveside service is planned. The family will plan a memorial service at a later date. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Hutcherson Flying Queens Foundation at www.flyingqueensbasketball.com or by check in care of Cherri Rapp, 2913-B. Lovell Drive, Austin, TX 78723.

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