Missouri Valley Conference Commissioner Doug Elgin is one of 15 individuals that will be included in the 2018 Missouri Sports Hall of Fame’s enshrinement ceremonies on January 28th in Springfield, Missouri.
Elgin is in his 30th year with the Missouri Valley Conference and is the longest-serving commissioner in the league's 111-year history.
In the 1990s, he oversaw the league’s realignment and also brought women’s sports programs under the conference’s umbrella. Elgin also established St. Louis as the long-term site for the Valley men’s basketball tournament, which will mark its 28th year there in 2018.
In the early 2000s, he led Valley men’s basketball in securing multiple bids to the NCAA Tournament, including four in 2006. Under his leadership, the Valley also has hosted 12 NCAA basketball events in St. Louis since 1998, including a men’s Final Four in 2005 and women’s Final Fours in 2001 and 2009.
He previously worked for Frostburg State University, Miami-Dade Community College South, Lafayette College and the University of Virginia as well as the Sun Belt Conference. A native of Hagerstown, Maryland, he is a 1973 graduate of Lafayette College and has a master’s from Ohio University.
Festivities begin with an 11 a.m. reception.
Among the others being inducted are former Kansas City Chiefs running back Mike Garrett, former Cardinals closer Lee Smith and former St. Louis Cardinals fullback Jim Otis.