Victoria E. Sargent
Induction Year: 2008
Recipient of the Mertz Mortorelli Coaching Achievement Award
Victoria E. Sargent was a Yellowjacket athlete who built the girls' high school sports program in Hurley, Wisconsin, and successfully coached athletic teams for more than 30 years. She is inducted into the Hall of Fame as recipient of the Mertz Mortorelli Coaching Achievement Award, named for the university's legendary coach and athletic director.
As a UW-Superior student from 1968 to 1972, Ms. Sargent competed in volleyball, badminton and track in the early days of women's intercollegiate sports.
Ms. Sargent began teaching physical education at Hurley High School in 1972. That year she established the school's softball, volleyball and girls' basketball teams and took over the girls' track and field team that had been established the previous year. Over the next 32 years she worked tirelessly to build equal opportunities for girls in the school's sports programs.
Ms. Sargent coached all of Hurley's girls' sports teams at one time or another. Her 1974 volleyball team was the school's first girls' team to reach a state tournament, and her basketball teams made a creditable showing in their conference. She coached the girls' track team for her entire career, leading her teams to numerous conference, regional and sectional titles. As testimony to her guidance, Hurley athletes qualified for the state tournament meet in 25 of the 32 years she served as coach.
As she neared retirement, Hurley High School named the annual Sargent Invitational Track Meet in her honor - a fitting tribute to the school's pioneer in girls' athletics.