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October 15, 2013

Stephanie Dallmann to be inducted into TTU Sports Hall of Fame Oct. 25


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COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- It was obvious, right from her first trip into the batter’s box in sunny Arizona as an untested freshman in 2000, that Stephanie Dallmann would be a special player for the Golden Eagle softball team. Four years later, she wrapped up her glittering career and pretty much stamped her ticket into the TTU Sports Hall of Fame.

Dallmann is one of five people who will be inducted at the annual Hall of Fame Dinner, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 25, in the Multipurpose Room of the Roaden University Center. The induction dinner is part of Homecoming festivities. Tickets for the dinner, or the Saturday afternoon game against Jacksonville State, can be purchased through the Athletics Ticket Office in Eblen Center or by calling (931) 372-3940.

Four years after that Arizona debut, the South Milwaukee, Wis., native had rewritten the Tech softball record book, taken her team to two NCAA Tournaments, piled up an impressive collection of honors, and helped establish a rock-solid foundation for a decade of success for coach Tory Acheson’s team.

With the speedy Dallmann hitting in the leadoff spot, the Golden Eagles rolled to Ohio Valley Conference tournament championships in 2001 and 2003 and an astounding 65-17 record against OVC foes. Overall, Dallmann led Tech to a 161-94 record.

As a freshman, Dallmann topped Tech in batting average with a .338 mark. She also led the team in hits, runs, doubles, walks and stolen bases. She earned first-team all-OVC honors, a distinction she would repeat each of the next three years. She was also named the OVC Freshman of the Year.

Dallmann joins Hall of Fame member Stacy Hughes as the only two players in Tech softball history to be first-team all-OVC picks all four seasons

Among other awards that would tumble her way, Dallmann was named the OVC Player of the Year in 2003, and selected All-Region in 2001 and 2003 (joining Bonnie Bynum as the only two-time All-Region winners).

Her list of team awards include two-time team MVP, four consecutive Best Defensive Outfielder, and Best Offensive Player three out of four years. In 2003, she was chosen as Tech’s Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year.

After her impressive freshman debut season, Dallmann followed by hitting .451 as a sophomore and leading the team in hits, runs, walks and stolen bases. Tech went 44-20 and won the OVC regular season and tournament titles, and was an NCAA Tournament Play-In participant.

Her average “dipped” all the way to .374 as a junior, as she led the team in runs and walk and Tech posted a 36-23 overall record while going 17-3 in OVC play. The team lost the regular season title by mere percentage points to EKU, which used the homefield advantage to win the OVC Tournament title.

As a senior, Dallmann and her teammates would not be denied, cruising to a gaudy 41-16 overall record and another 17-3 mark in the league to win the regular season title. With Dallmann leading the team in batting (.432), hits, runs, walks and steals, Tech captured another OVC Tournament crown and advanced to the Texas Regional of the NCAA Tournament.

To this day, she still owns two of the top four seasons in school history at the plate, hitting .451 as a sophomore and .432 as a senior. She also owns the school record for most at bats in a season (234) and most hits (93).

On the career charts, she wrapped up play ranked first in at bats (814), runs scored (171), hits (308), total bases (409), and walks (114), was second in career batting average at .378 (to Hughes), and third in doubles and stole bases.

She was named four times as the OVC Player of the Week, and she was voted to the OVC All-Tournament team three consecutive years.

In 2003, she received her bachelor’s degree in World Cultures. She worked for two years in the Tech Athletics Dept., before embarking on a teaching/coaching career in East Tennessee.