Jill Doty was a seasoned track follower from a young age. She followed her father, Bob Doty, around the track while he was coaching his track team. Her love for competitive sports is what drove her to earn numerous honors during her high school career at Hoopeston-East Lynn.
In track she was the state champion in the 100 meter race and 2nd in the 200 meter race at the IHSA State Track Competition in 1987. Jill won 4 medals at the state finals in 1886-87A. She is the first female to win a gold medal at the state finals. Other awards include placing 2nd at the Prairie State games in the long jump, and being named “Athlete of the Week” in both the News Gazette and the Commercial News.
Volleyball was no different. Through her hard work Jill was selected All Conference in 1985, 1986 and 1987. She was named the conference MVP in 1987, and was also named the News Gazette “Player of the Year” and the Commercial News “Player of the Week”.
Jill participated in girls’ basketball as well. In 1985 she led the team in rebounding and scoring and was named All Conference in 1984 and 1985.
Jill continued her education at Murray State. While attaining her bachelor’s degree in physical education, Jill competed on the Murray State Women’s Volleyball Team and the track team as well.
In college she was a two time all-conference first team selection in volleyball and set a Murray State record in 1990, for the most single season kills with an astonishing 512 kills. She still ranks fifth at Murray State with a record of 1,276 career kills and 1,464 career digs.
Her college track career led her to help set a still standing outdoor school record in the 400-meter relay with a time of 46.36.
Jill continued with her passion for volleyball and spent seven years on the coaching staff at Southern Illinois University
In 2007, Jill was named to the Murray State Athletic Hall of Fame in both volleyball and track. She was the school’s first honoree in volleyball.
Jill currently teaches elementary physical education at Unity Point Grade School in Carbondale, Illinois.