A recent photo of Jackie Wilde and her husband Bruce.
Jackie Wilde was one of the most influential volleyball coaches in the country. In addition to her success at FDSH, she was well respected nationally for her contributions to the sport. Wilde helped Iowa develop one of the first state sanctioned volleyball programs in the country.
Wilde died April 25th in Gold Canyon, Arizona.
“She had a huge impact on volleyball and women’s athletics at the local, state and national level,” said her son, Rod Wilde. “Since her passing, we have been contacted by many people who knew and loved her, they have been asking how they can help honor her legacy.”
“She was an amazing mother, coach and teacher. She was an amazing mentor to so many young people over the years. I know she would be pleased that we are going to honor her by providing opportunities for young women from Fort Dodge that want to continue their education.”
A photo of Jackie Wilde around the time she started coaching, approximately 1962.
Wilde (Jackie) was an FDSH coach and teacher for 22 years, winning 519 matches and guiding the Dodgers to 19 consecutive state tournament appearances, including nine final four appearances and two state titles. She taught Physical Education and Health. She also led the Dodgerettes Flag and Baton twirling squad.
In 1998, Wilde was inducted into the Iowa Coaches Hall of Fame. In 1987 she was given the National Leader in Volleyball Award by the United Sates Volleyball Association. She was enshrined in the Iowa Wall of Fame in 2005 and was inducted into the Dodger Hall of Fame in 2014.
For 14 years, she worked for USA Volleyball, as the head of the Junior All-American selection committee at their National Championship Tournament.
FDSH head volleyball coach Toni (Zehr) Cochrane told The Messenger, “Jackie was a pioneer in Iowa volleyball. She set the standard of excellence and was doing things and teaching skills that were new to everybody else.”
Cochrane was a member of the 1984 state championship team, coached by Wilde.
The annual Fort Dodge volleyball tournament is named after Wilde.
She is survived by her husband, Bruce and their three children: Rod, Kevin and Cheryl.
Bruce was a long-time player, coach and official. He played for and coached several teams through the Fort Dodge YMCA.
Rod played his collegiate career at Pepperdine University where he earned All-American honors 3 times and won an NCAA title in 1978. He was selected to be a member of the USA Men’s Olympic Volleyball Team in 1984 in Los Angeles. Due to injury, he was unable to compete in the Olympics, but later returned as an assistant coach for the Men’s Olympic team in 1996 in Atlanta and again in 2000 in Sydney, Australia.
Kevin played volleyball at Kellogg Community College and the University of Cincinnati. He also played and was the director for the men’s club team at Iowa State university.
Cheryl was awarded a volleyball scholarship to South Dakota State University and later finished her career playing on the women’s club team at Iowa State.
A celebration of life is planned for May 6th at 5 p.m. in Gold Canyon, Arizona. A graveside service will be held in Fort Dodge at a date to be announced.
If you have questions, contact Fort Dodge Community Schools Foundation Director Molly Nelson at (515) 574-5327 or email@example.com.