2011 Hall of Fame Inductees
Jo Ellen Stringer-Volleyball Coach
Legendary volleyball coach Jo Ellen served as head women’s volleyball coach at Jefferson College for 33 years, 1975-2008. Under her remarkable leadership, Jefferson College developed one of the strongest and most recognized volleyball programs in the nation. With 1,262 career wins to only 399 losses, Jo Ellen developed a winning tradition that is unparalleled by any other coach, player or team in the history of the National Junior College Athletic Association. Her teams won 27 conference titles and 19 regional championships while having appeared in 21 NJCAA national championships—more than any other team or coach in the entire country—with 13 finishes in the top eight. In recognition of her leadership and dedication, Stringer was named the MCCAC Coach of the Year 18 times and has also been named District 12 Coach of the Year 16 times. In 2000 she received the Robert L. Lindsay Meritorious Service Award from USA Volleyball, was a featured author in AVCA Coach’s Journal, and was selected for HERS/NACWAA Institute for Administrative Advancement. Stringer is a lifelong resident of Jefferson County and a graduate of DeSoto High School. She received her associate’s degree from Jefferson College and both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southeast Missouri State University.
Aida Antanaviciute-Steiger distinguished herself with strong on court performances that earned her All-American status with the NJCAA and AVCA as well as a full scholarship to St. Louis University where she earned her degree while playing two more years of volleyball. While playing for the Vikings Aida set the school record for kills in a single season with 556 and was according to Coach Stringer “always the most competitive player on the floor”. Aida also led the 2003 team to a 36-9 record and a MCCAC conference title and earned individual honors that included MCCAC First Team All-Conference, NJCAA Region XVI First Team, NJCAA All American First Team and AVCA Volleyball Coaches First Team. This dominant style of play earned Aida a full scholarship to St. Louis University where she was again awarded post season honors that included All Conference USA player of the week, First Team All-Conference in Conference USA and Honorable Mention All-American in AVCA voting. Her teammates and coaches at St. Louis University voted her as team MVP in 2004 and 2005. Aida continues to serve Jefferson College as its current volleyball coach and guided the Vikings to the NJCAA national tournament in 2010. Aida, her husband Ben and son Kolby reside in Union, Missouri.