Where the Game Lives On

The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame celebrates the accomplishments made by athletes of our past, while inspiring future athletes to succeed. All of our inductees have helped mold Missouri sports to what it is today.

The Hall of Fame opened it doors in 1994 thanks to Springfield businessman John Q. Hammons. Inside, we have over 4,000 items of sports memorabilia and exhibits. The two-story, 32,000 square foot building also features a number of interactive exhibits allowing you to experience the excitement for yourself. You can race your friends in the NASCAR simulator, step into the batters box against a Major League Baseball pitcher, throw football passes, and much more. Adjacent to the Hall of Fame is the Legends Walk of Fame. The Legends Walk of Fame features busts and statues of notable Show Me State sports figures honored with the yearly Legends Award.

Every year the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame hosts several special events catering to avid sports fans. Our annual enshrinement event inducts exceptional Missouri athletes into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. We offer four Sports Enthusiasts Luncheons annually. We also are a part of several celebrity golf tournaments in Lake of the Ozarks, Kansas City, Springfield and St. Louis including the Stan Musial Hall of Fame Championship. We also host the annual Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper, a stop on the PGA Web.com Tour, that raises money for children’s charities of the Ozarks.

Whether you are a sports fanatic or casual fan, you’ll experience Missouri sports at its best, up close and personal, at the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. We are located in Springfield, Missouri and sit next to the beautiful Highland Springs Golf course along Highway 60, just one mile east of Highway 65.
Jerald L. Andrews President and Executive Director

Jerald is in his 22nd year as President and Executive Director of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and also doubles as the Executive Director of the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper, a PGA Web.com Tour stop. The PCCC has generated almost $14 million for children’s charities. Jerald spent more than 20 years at Southwest Baptist University as an administrator as he supervised admissions, enrollment management, student financial assistance, student affairs, public and church relations, development, fund-raising and university advancement. He was retained in August of 1995 as the president of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and has given leadership to the organization since that time. Jerald is married to Giana Snyder of Sedalia, who is a longtime State Farm Insurance agent. They have four grown daughters: Jeralen, Joylyn, Mary and Katherine.

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Marty Willadsen Executive Vice President

After spending 15 years as a public school teacher and coach, Marty was employed for 10 years as a Project Manager at a local steel fabricator. He joined the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in May of 2004 as Associate Director of Sponsor Development. In September of 2006, he assumed the duties of Director of Operations. On January 1, 2008, Willadsen was promoted to Vice President / Operations and Administration. In that capacity, he oversaw the operations, administration and accounting for the Hall of Fame. In the fall of 2015, Marty was named the Executive Vice President of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. Marty and his wife, Lori, reside in Battlefield. They are the proud grandparents of Elijah Lee Willadsen.

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Sharyn Wagoner Special Events

Sharyn began volunteering at the Hall of Fame in 2004 after accepting the position to Volunteer Chair for the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper. She now serves at the Tournament Chair for the annual PGA Web.com Tour Event. In addition, she works on special events and golf tournaments for the Hall of Fame. She and her husband Craig have two grown daughters and two grandsons.

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Kari Crawford Marketing & Branding

Event planner, marketer, sales woman and designer — Kari, like all of our staff, wears a lot of hats.  Kari’s background in business administration, coupled with her 11-year career here with the Hall of Fame, has spanned nearly every channel of marketing, sales, management and operations. Kari came to us from Missouri State University. She has worked with several associations within the University, including Student Activities Council, Public Relations Student Society of America, Panhellenic Association and Entertainment Management Association. In her free time, you’ll find this movie buff at the theater, decorating and renovating her house, or off traveling with her husband Derek. She also volunteers with several local charities in Springfield.

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Taylor Frederich Sales & Administration

After interning in the Summer 2012 for the Price Cutter Charity Championship, Taylor joined our staff as our Administrative Marketing and Operations Assistant after graduating from the University of Missouri in May of 2014. Taylor is now in Administration and Sales.  Taylor is from Branson, Missouri and can be found at the lake or on the golf course when not at the Hall of Fame. He also enjoys going to sporting events and concerts.

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Dale Witte Accountant

Dale has spent the majority of his career in Accounting and Financial Management, including serving as Director of Finance for the not-for-profit OATS, Inc., and also served a term with the State of Missouri’s Department of Social Services as Director of Finance.  Dale came to the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in April of 2011 and he handles all aspects of accounting and financial reporting.  Married to his wife, Stephanie, they have two grown daughters.

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Coleman Swierc Sponsorship Development

Coleman Swierc joined our staff in December of 2013. Coleman,  our Associate Director of Sales, came to us from Texas after a career as a TV sports anchor and is married to KOLR 10 anchor Jennifer Kielman. They welcomed a beautiful baby boy named Charlie in July of 2015. Coleman earned his master’s degree from Stephen F. Austin University and can be found on the golf course or watching all sorts of sports outside of the office.

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Kary Booher Media Relations

Kary Booher joined the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in March 2015 and handles media relations. He was in the newspaper business for 22 years and primarily was a sports writer. He has called the Ozarks home since 2005, when he was hired by the News-Leader in Springfield to cover the Springfield Cardinals and the St. Louis Cardinals organization.

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