Linda Dollar was a 2000 recipient of the AVCA Founders Award. She spent 24 years at Southwest Missouri State coaching the Bears before stepping down in 1995 to serve as the assistant director of athletics for compliance. Dollar became the first woman to record 700-career wins and compilied a record of 758-266-21 in over 1,000 matches at SMSU. She served time on the AVCA Board of Directors and spent four years serving on the NCAA Division I Volleyball Committee. Dollar was inducted to the SMSU Women's Athletics Hall Of Fame in 1983 and became the first female member of the Springfield Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.