Class of 2023

Mary Wise


An Evanston native, Mary Wise, a true volleyball luminary, has left an indelible mark on the sport with her exceptional coaching acumen. As the head coach at the University of Florida, Wise has achieved remarkable success, leading the Gators to numerous Southeastern Conference (SEC) championships and consistently guiding them to the NCAA Tournament. Her strategic brilliance and motivational prowess have made her one of the most respected figures in collegiate volleyball.

With over 900 career victories, Wise’s coaching excellence speaks volumes about her dedication and impact in shaping young athletes. Beyond her impressive win record, she has fostered a culture of success and sportsmanship that extends beyond the court.

With The Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame’s induction, Mary Wise’s coaching legacy and remarkable achievements in volleyball are celebrated. As a source of inspiration for athletes and coaches alike, Wise’s influence continues to shape the sport, leaving an enduring impact on the volleyball community. Her journey from being an Evanston native to becoming one of volleyball’s most distinguished coaches showcases the limitless possibilities of dedication and passion in achieving greatness.

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