MACON, Ga. – Mercer Deputy Athletics Director Sybil Blalock was recently honored as a “Trailblazer of the Game” by the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the organization’s 20th annual Hall of Fame induction on June 9 in Knoxville, Tenn.
The organization recognized the inaugural members of the Women’s Professional Basketball League (WBL) during the induction ceremony. Former WBL players, including Blalock, and coaches were honored as “Trailblazers of the Game” in addition to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame inducting its seven-member Class of 2018.
The WBL was the first professional women’s basketball league in the United States and spanned three seasons (1979-81). Blalock played two seasons in the WBL for the New Orleans Pride under head coach Butch Van Breda Koff, who also coached the Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Jazz. A native of Sevierville, Tenn., Blalock was named to the WBL All-Star team, WBL All-League team and was recognized as Sportswoman of the Year during her time with the Pride.
“I’m very grateful for everyone that has been part of this journey, especially my parents, coaches and teammates,” Blalock said. “I enjoyed every minute of my playing career. It is really unbelievable for those of us fortunate enough to play in the WBL to be honored by the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.”
Blalock played professionally in Europe and Venezuela along with participating on the United States World University Team and the U.S. Olympic Development Team. Blalock played for Mercer (1971-75) and earned WNIT All-American honors, Academic All-American honors, was inducted into the Mercer Hall of Fame and is one of only three females to have her jersey retired at Mercer. She is also a member of the Sevier County Athletic Hall of Fame and Macon Sports Hall of Fame.
Blalock was named associate athletics director and senior women’s administrator in 1995 after she returned to Mercer in 1993 as a member of Billy Holmes’ women’s basketball staff. She was elevated to the position of deputy athletics director in 2015 and has served in the role since.