Linda Herman served 27 years in the Illinois State Athletic Department, seven years as the head volleyball coach and 20 years as the associate director of athletics, and retired in 2002. Herman has been a driving force in women's athletics and was honored with the 1996 ATALANTA Award for Women's Athletics by Athletic Management. The award honors schools and administrators who are working to further gender equity. Herman served on many NCAA Committees, including the Midwest Regional Committee, National Committee and Corporate Volleyball Sponsorship Committee. She received the AVCA Founders Award in 1995 and was named the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators District V Administrator of the Year.