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Pritchard named to Drury Hall of Fame

Pritchard named to Drury Hall of Fame



Waynesville High School graduate Katie Pritchard was inducted into Drury University’s 2018 Sports Hall of Fame on Dec. 1.

Pritchard, a 2008 WHS graduate, was inducted in her first year of eligibility. She graduated from Drury in 2013.

“Katie’s work ethic was unmatched,” said Butch O’Riley, who is the secretary of the Waynesville R-VI Board of Education and was the head girls basketball coach at the time Pritchard played. “She would spend hours perfecting her shot. She represents WHS well, not only as a two-sport athlete, but also as a great student. I was very humble to have the opportunity to coach her during her junior and senior years.”

Pritchard was a five-time all-state athlete in high school and a finalist for Miss Show-Me Basketball, which recognizes the top female high school basketball player in the state of Missouri. Pritchard also set a new high school state record of 171 career-scoring soccer goals.

Pritchard patterned her basketball training after that of Jackie Styles, a standout on the court at Missouri State University from 1997 to 2001. The routine included making 1,000 shots every day of practice. In addition, she played soccer at WHS and then two years at Drury.

“We are super proud of Katie; she worked awfully hard for a number of years to achieve that level of success on the court,” said her father, Keith Pritchard. “We are proud because she made a difference and set a mark for other kids to follow.”

Her bio information included the following, “Katie also completed her Master’s degree from Drury this past May while serving as the Lady Panthers’ assistant coach for four seasons. Pritchard played for the Lady Panthers from 2008-13 and is ranked fourth on Drury’s all-time scoring list with 1,541 career points. A three-time All-GLVC selection, Katie is the Lady Panthers’ all-time leader in three-pointers with 255 in her career while making 44.7% of her attempts. She was also a soccer standout at Drury in 2009 and 2010, earning All-Great Lakes Valley Conference honors. This past May 31, coach Pritchard accepted the position as the head girls basketball coach at Marshfield (Mo.) High School.

A link to the video that was produced by Bobby Hearn, Drury’s video/multi-media supervisor, is at


"Issued December 21, 2018"