Sherman wins DNA Award

Sherman wins DNA Award

Former Pacific University athletic director Judy Sherman joined the ranks of Oregon’s sport elites Feb. 12 when she was awarded the DNA Award at the 2011 Oregon Sports Awards held at the Nike World Campus in Beaverton.

The annual trophy, formerly known as the “Merit Award,” is presented to individuals or organizations for their extraordinary passion and dedication to sports in Oregon. The recipients are considered part of Oregon’s sports DNA and past winners include a who’s who of sport giants in Oregon.

In her acceptance speech, Sherman thanked not only her coworkers and her family but also the “hundreds of student athletes I had the privilege to work with.” 

Sherman began coaching at Pacific in 1967, when she was hired to work with fledgling programs in volleyball, softball, basketball, field hockey and track and field.

Her many achievements include 28 years of softball coaching, in which she amassed 418 wins and a .741 winning percentage—a statistic that ranks among the highest for any collegiate softball coach at all levels of the game. Sherman coached the Boxers to seven national tournament appearances.

Sherman held positions as women’s athletic director and associate athletic director before eventually serving as Pacific’s director of athletics from 1993 to 2004. When she was hired, women held only 4 percent of intercollegiate athletic director positions.

The award list for Sherman is extensive. She was selected to the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1988, the first softball coach to be so recognized, and was named to the NAIA District II Hall of Fame the same year. She became one of the first inductees to the NFCA Hall of Fame in 1992 and was inducted into the Pacific University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.

More on Sherman, her achievements and a link to video showing her acceptance speech are available online.

Posted by Ashleigh Simons ( on Mar 23, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Edited by Jenni Luckett ( on Oct 3, 2012 at 12:07 PM

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