2010 Lady Hornets inducted into MIAA Hall of Fame
While the current Lady Hornets basketball team fought to win the MIAA tournament on March 7, in Kansas City, it was announced that the 2010 Lady Hornets team, which won the National Championship, was announced to be inducted in the MIAA Hall of Fame.
The Lady Hornets were 23-4 for the 2009-2010 season and qualified for the national tournament in Canyon, Texas. It was the Emporia State Lady Hornets’ first and only national championship. Brandon Schneider, former head coach of the Lady Hornets and head coach with the most wins in the program’s history, left ESU to lead a small Division I school, Stephen F. Austin in Austin, Texas. His assistant and current head coach, Jory Collins, succeeded him.
“It was a great honor to have our 2010 team inducted in the MIAA Hall of Fame,” said Collins. “That was a special team with tremendous people involved. I will always have a special place in my heart for that team.”
The Lady Hornets were a four seed in that tournament. It was their eighth straight NCAA tournament appearance and third straight year they had to travel to Texas to begin the tournament.
There was a ceremony on March 7, at half time of the semi-final game in the MIAA tournament commemorating the inductees. Among those representing the team were players, Cassondra Boston, Rachel Hanf, Jocelyn Cummings, Kayla Krueger and the tournament’s most outstanding player Allie Volkans. Also joining the players was coach, Jory Collins. Brandon Schneider could not make the ceremony. He had to get his current team prepared to make an NCAA tournament run of their own. But a message by coach Schneider was displayed on the video board for all to see.
“Excited!” said Jocelyn Cummings, MIAA Defensive player of the year on how it felt when she found out about the induction. “I immediately thought about how fun it would be to see all of our teammates together again and be able to celebrate with our coaches, families, and fans.”
Rachel Hanf received the MIAA freshman of the year honor that season, and graduated ranked third for Lady Hornets with 208 three pointers made from 2009-13.
“It was very exciting to be back with teammates in KC,” Hanf said. “When we have reason to celebrate our National Championship one more time, it makes for a great time. It was equally great to see boosters and people in the community that contribute so much to the program.”
Since Jory Collins took over as head coach in 2010-11, he has led his team to four straight MIAA tournaments, winning three. He also went to three consecutive regional title games.