The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


February 14, 2014

Our View: Hats off to Lipira

— Our congratulations to former Lions women’s coach Pat Lipira, who will be honored this spring with an induction into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

She is Missouri Southern’s winningest coach, amassing 897 victories during her coaching career. She coached the MSSU volleyball team from 1981 to 1987, and the softball team from 1982 to 2000.

She also was the head of MSSU’s Kinesiology Department, and she emerged victorious from a battle with breast cancer after she was diagnosed in 2007.

Now, Lipira brings her game to the university as its interim vice president of academic affairs.

She says her philosophy of success has served as her foundation in all the things she has accomplished.

“As a coach, I wanted girls to play the game because it was fun. It would break my heart to see a coach take the passion out of the game,” Lipira told the Globe.

“But, even while keeping the element of fun in the game, I also wanted to win. By the end of my coaching career I learned that when you’re having fun, you win, and when you win, well, you’re having fun,” she said.

In the classroom, Lipira was known as a passionate and animated teacher. And though she says there was little humor in being diagnosed with breast cancer, she said she found ways to smile.

“I had to pick out a wig, so I tried to make it fun, and I laughed at myself when the wind blew it off my head,” she said.

Whether Lipira was winning a ballgame or completing a competency test in class, she used teamwork.

Today, she says she is still pulling for her team of faculty and advisers.

On April 24, she will be honored at the hall of fame’s Women in Sports Luncheon in Springfield.

Hats off to Lipira and her winning attitude.

Text Only
  • Other Views Other Views: Eroding court’s authority

    While Kansans were focused on the twists and turns of school finance this past week, lawmakers made an unnecessary and historic change in how the state’s district courts operate, coercively tying the reforms to badly needed funding.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Your View: Travesty

    What a travesty that a terrific young man from Spain is on the verge of deportation even though he has proven his worth in America (Globe, April 13).

    April 18, 2014

  • Your View: Astonishing transformation

    The transformation of the Republican Party in the last decade is astonishing.

    April 18, 2014

  • Your View: The changing view

    It is heartbreaking to hear the decades old trees (which border on South Pennsylvania in Webb City) cracking and being bulldozed down.

    April 18, 2014

  • Our View.jpg Our View: Safe and sound

    Of the 7,500 Joplin and Duenweg homes hit by the 2011 EF-5 tornado, fewer than 20 percent of them had basements.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Other Views Other Views: Funding for state’s roads

    Missouri is finding there is no good alternative to growing the economy, adding new well-paying jobs and expanding the tax base.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Geoff Caldwell, columnist: Government without apology or explanation

    Americans feel closest to their Uncle Sam at this time of year as he extends his hand for his “fair share” to fund his numerous endeavors.

    April 16, 2014

  • Your View: Step aside

    The people of Joplin made it clear they wanted change at City Hall with their decisive votes to replace two council members.

    April 16, 2014

  • Your View: Serious drawbacks

    Joan Banks’ guest column (Globe, April 13) lays out clearly and persuasively the serious drawbacks with so-called right-to-work legislation.

    April 16, 2014

  • Your View: Free choice

    Joan Banks’ guest column (Globe, April 13) regarding right-to-work seems to assume that if workers are given the choice of joining a union, they won’t join.

    April 16, 2014

Local News
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter

A Missouri Senate committee has endorsed a 1-cent sales tax increase to fund transportation projects. The proposed constitutional amendment passed the House earlier this month. If passed by the full Senate, the measure would head to the November ballot for voter approval. Would you vote in favor of it?

     View Results
NDN Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case