2012 Hall of Fame Spotlight - Dr. Lynda McLean
Dr. Lynda McLean never considered being in the WMU Athletic Hall of Fame, but this Friday her hard work and dedication will be recognized when she is inducted as a member of the Class of 2012.
McLean, an Ontario native, played volleyball for Western Michigan University from 1984-87. During her time as a Bronco volleyball player, the team won four Mid-American Conference championships, while remaining undefeated in conference play.
"It was very exciting to be a part of that," McLean said. "I was very proud to be able to represent WMU while we remained the team to beat those four years."
McLean carried her competitive drive off the court, channeling it into her coursework. The life of a student-athlete was challenging, but she felt she was well supported.
"Even though I always had my nose in a book, it took a great deal of support from classmates and professors, combined with my own effort to maintain the life of a student athlete. I think that is why I am so proud of my academic awards."
McLean personally earned numerous academic awards: First Team Academic All-MAC (1985-87), GTE Academic All-American (1987), GTE Academic All-District (1986-87), Presidential Scholar (1987) and top female scholar athlete at WMU (1987-88).
This weekend marks an award that McLean finds heartwarming and proud to receive. She is one of six inductees who will be inducted into the WMU Athletic Hall of Fame this Friday, and honored at the football game on Saturday.
"It feels really nice to be remembered. I had amazing fun being part of it all during those four years. This award brings back fond memories for me," McLean said.
McLean feels she owes her success in life to her days as a student-athlete. After Western Michigan, McLean attended medical school and moved back to Ontario. She spends her time with her family and coaching volleyball. McLean believes she must pass on her passion because of the success and happiness it has provided her.
"I look at what I have been able to do and there is no doubt it has been because I was a student athlete at WMU. For which reason I have a lot to give back."