HIRAM, OHIO — Earlier this year, former professor of physical education and exercise/sports science emerita Myrtis E. Herndon, was honored by Florida State University as “Champion Beyond the Game” as part of FSU’s Womens’ Athletics Weekend.
Herndon, a 1954 graduate of FSU, was a four-year sport at the school and was a member of the “F” Club in addition to receiving the highest athletic distinction of Emblem Wearer. The FSU “Champions Beyond the Game” award honors former women athletes who have excelled in life after college sports.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in education at FSU, Herndon went on to earn a master’s in education from Northern Illinois University and became an assistant professor of physical education at Hiram College. She left Hiram in 1962 and served in the Peace Corp for two years before returning to Hiram in 1966. Herndon served as Professor of Physical Education at Hiram until her retirement in 1995. Prior to retiring, she earned her doctorate from The Ohio State University in 1991.
Herndon has played a pivotal role in the development of women’s intercollegiate varsity sports throughout her career at the local, state, regional and national levels. She aided in the development of policies and procedures governing women’s participation in sports through the creation of numerous organizations in Ohio and the region. Herndon served as commissioner of three of these organizations from 1971-74 in Ohio and the Midwest overseeing regional collegiate sports championships for women. She has published 14 books and articles on physical education and sport, winning awards from the International Olympic Committee.
She has been a longtime supporter of Hiram and women’s athletics. Herndon was a key contributor of the construction of the campus softball field which is named in honor of her.