Easter to enter Hall of Fame

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Purdy schools to hold enshrinement on Feb. 9

The Purdy school district will welcome former Purdy High School volleyball coach Nancy Easter to its Athletic Hall of Fame ranks on Feb. 9.


“When I first arrived on campus to set up my office I heard someone sprinting to music in the gym,” Easter said. “I discovered Becky (Fly) Woods, who was home from college, working out. It was a wonderful sign of the sports tradition of which I was about to become a part and that continues to this day.

“I enjoyed wonderful administrative support while I coached at Purdy and had the privilege of being mentored by legendary Coach Gabby Gibbons. What an honor and an amazing gift. The coaching clinic he held shaped me as a coach, and I will be forever thankful.”

Easter served as head volleyball coach for the Eagles from 1985-1990. She led her teams to five district title matches and two trips to the state volleyball tournament, where they finished in third place in both 1988 and 1989. Easter was named Ozark 7 Conference Coach of the Year in 1988 and 1989 and Missouri Coach of the Year in 1988.

After leaving Purdy, Easter taught and coached at Houston High School and in the Springfield school district.

While at Houston, Easter made two trips to the final four in volleyball as well.

She served as president of the Missouri State Volleyball Coaches Association in 1993, organized and ran a 10-team Junior Olympic Volleyball Club in the Houston area and served as keynote speaker at the Women in Sports Leadership Conference in 1993.

Easter is the mother of daughter Jenny Easter Cofield and sons Jody Easter and Jordan Easter. She retired in 2011 and enjoys biking, swimming, camping and kayaking with her three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She also serves her church and community as Operation Christmas Child Coordinator at Ridgecrest Baptist Church, where she is a member of the mission team serving Nicaragua.

Easter will be welcomed to the Purdy Athletic Hall of Fame by current members at a special induction ceremony to be held between Homecoming basketball games on Feb. 9, with tipoff for the first game scheduled for 6 p.m.

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