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Athletic Hall of Fame

Merle Spurrier

Merle Spurrier


  • As a leader, counselor, teacher, and friend of University students, Merle Spurrier's career is unparalleled
  • She served in the Department of Physical Education for 30 years and rose to Director of the women's program
  • In that capacity, she oversaw activities in 10 sports
  • In 1961, the Department of Athletics and Recreation recognized her contributions and achievements by creating the Merle Spurrier Award, and is presented annually to the senior woman who has made the most outstanding contribution to women's sports be demonstrating such qualities as leadership, enthusiasm, and service in her four years at the University.