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Wallace, Bettye

Bettye Wallace was a long-time coach and athletic administrator who mentored countless women athletes in both tennis and volleyball while also advocating for greater athletic opportunities for women. Bettye Wallace was born on October 22, 1929, in Malvern (Hot Spring County) to David and Jannie Wallace. She had one sister. She majored in math at Henderson State College—now Henderson State University (HSU)—in Arkadelphia (Clark County), earning her bachelor’s degree in 1950; she also played on the college tennis team. She later earned a master’s from what is now the University of Northern Colorado. Wallace began her teaching and coaching careers in Murfreesboro (Pike County), where she coached basketball for one season. She then moved on to Rison High School, where …