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Athletic Hall of Fame

Hazel S. Varner

Hazel S. Varner


  • Leader, motivator and role model in the field of Sports & Recreation during a 41-year career
  • Twelve years at UR: Assistant Professor in physical education
  • Formed an intramural program for women and started a winning tradition in Women's Intercollegiate Volleyball (1975)
  • Instituted recruiting of new players
  • Competed against Division I schools
  • 1979 New York State AIAW Champions
  • "First" UR women's team to win a state title in any sport
  • Ranked 9th in the East
  • Called the "best women's team" of the seventies and the "best team" of the seventies during an award ceremony at the Palestra
  • Five-year UR coaching record of 65-32
  • Set the 1979 Division III season record of 19-3
  • Became Director of Recreational Sports at Keene State College in NH in 1980
  • Retired in 1994
  • Resides in Franklin, MA