Complete List of 30 Most Influential Women in College Sports Liberty Softball Head Coach Dot Richardson has been named among the 30 most influential women in college sports by Sports Management Degree Guide. On the list, released in late February, Richardson was ranked No. 29.
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The top five spots on the list were held by, in order: former Tennessee women's basketball head coach Pat Summitt, Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin, current Stanford women's basketball head coach Tara VanDerveer, current Notre Dame women's basketball head coach Muffet McGraw and current Florida volleyball head coach Mary Wise.
Richardson is one of three current NCAA Division I softball coaches on the list, joined by Oklahoma's Patty Gasso (20th) and Michigan's Carol Hutchins (21st).
Currently in her third year as head coach at Liberty, Richardson has been instrumental in driving the program to further success. She guided the Lady Flames to a 29-30 record last year, an 18-win improvement over the previous season, which was the largest improvement in NCAA Division I softball during that span. This year, the Lady Flames started off 5-0 in conference games, tying the fastest start to Big South play in program history.
She also spearheaded the planning for Liberty's state-of-the-art Liberty Softball Stadium, which debuted during the 2015 season. Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium was voted the No. 2 college softball stadium in the nation, through a poll on FloSoftball.com.
Richardson is one of the legends in softball history. Richardson helped Team USA win Olympic gold in Atlanta in 1996 and Sydney in 2000, hitting the game-winning home run in the 1996 gold medal game. As a member of the team, the U.S. won five Pan American Game gold medals and four World Championship gold medals. Richardson is a 16-time Amateur Softball Association (A.S.A.) All-American and was inducted into the A.S.A. Hall of Fame in 2006.
As a collegiate player, Richardson was a five-time All-American, earning AIAW All-America honors at Western Illinois and four All-America honors at UCLA. The standout shortstop was named UCLA's All-University Athlete Award winner in 1983. Additionally, Richardson was named the 1980's NCAA Player of the Decade to cap off her stellar collegiate accomplishments. Richardson has been inducted into the State of Florida Hall of Fame (1992), the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame (1996) and Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Hall of Fame (2015).
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