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Olympic gold medalist named new head softball coach

July 17, 2013 : Liberty University Athletics

Liberty University announced today that Dot Richardson, a two-time Olympic softball gold medalist, was named the new head coach of the Lady Flames softball team.

Richardson succeeds Paul Wetmore, who retired from the position in May following a 20-year career that included a program-record 547 career victories. She becomes the program's second head coach at the Division I level since the program was reinstated in 1994.

One of the most decorated collegiate, national, and international players 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 gold medal game in 1996.

As a collegiate player, Richardson was a five-time All-American, earning three All-America honors at UCLA after transferring from Western Illinois. She helped the Bruins win their first of 11 NCAA national championships in 1982 and finished her career as a three-time team MVP.