IOWA CITY, Iowa - The National Iowa Varsity Club and the University of Iowa Athletics Department announced on Tuesday afternoon that ODU Associate Head Coach for women's tennis, Toni (Neykova) Bickford, will be one of seven people inducted into their 2017 Hall of Fame in September.
Toni (Neykova) Bickford Bickford was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 1999 and went on to earn first team All-Big Ten honors from 1999-2002. Bickford and teammate Shera Wiegler became the first doubles team in program history to compete in the NCAA tournament in 1999. They made a return appearance in 2000, and in 2002 Bickford became the first Hawkeye in program history to compete in the singles tournament at the NCAA Championships.
“I'm so humbled and honored to receive such recognition from my alma mater,” said Bickford. “The University of Iowa was not just my first home away from home, but it was also an important vehicle that molded me to become the person, competitor and coach that I'm today. There is no doubt that the support I have received from my friends, professors, teammates, coaches and the athletic department staff has been paramount to what I have achieved on the court and in the classroom. Again, I'm so proud to be elected to the University of Iowa Hall of Fame and have my name included among the greatest athletes who have represented the Hawkeye state.”
Iowa's 29th Hall of Fame class will be inducted into the National Iowa Varsity Club Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, the night prior to the Iowa football team's season opener against Wyoming.
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