Texas Sports Hall of Fame member Harley Redin will visit the museum on November 13th at 9:00. Redin Coached at Wayland Baptist from 1955 to 1973.
The Wayland Baptist University women’s basketball team, nicknamed the Flying Queens, will be welcomed at halftime of the Baylor vs. Kentucky women’s basketball game on Tuesday, November 13.
The Flying Queens were led by legendary Coach Harley Redin, who helped lead them to a monumental 131 game winning streak. Under Redin’s leadership as head coach, the Queens had two undefeated seasons in 1955-56 (23-0) and 1956-57 (29-0). The Queens also won the AAU Women’s National Championship six times between 1955-56 and 1970-71.
The Queens obtained their unique nickname in 1949, when the Harvest Queen Mill in Plainview, Texas agreed to provide uniforms for the college. The Hutcherson Air Service, owned by Claude and Wilda Hutcherson, became sponsors of the team soon after in 1950. With the help of the Hutcherson’s and their Beechcraft Bonanzas, the Queens were able to compete against the best teams in the country, and get there and back in a timely manner. The team was provided with warm-ups, three different sets of uniforms, two different sets of traveling clothes, and even a hair stylist.
In his 18 years as the coach of the Queens, Redin compiled a 431-66 record, won the first 76 games he coached, and helped guide Wayland to six AAU National Titles. Redin has also been a monumental influence in American women’s basketball. He helped change the former half-court game to today’s full-court game with five players. He also contributed to introducing the shot clock into the women’s game. Redin was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.