Hunter Pence | Mike Stamps | Elston Cawley and 1996-2000 Track & Field
By Paul Watley | @WatP7
ARLINGTON, Texas - Val Whitfield-Dunn took the Southland Conference by storm during the 1990 season, picking up Southland Conference Player of the Year honors during her freshman campaign with UT Arlington.
"The obvious facts are the records that she holds here as one of the greatest outside hitters ever, but to know who this kid is you had to see her play," UT Arlington coach Diane Seymour said. "I did not play with her and I didn't coach her, but I had the pleasure of being a fan of hers and then we became friends later. She was the most competitive player I've ever seen on the court. She had a will to win and got the players around her to play at a whole `nother level."
Whitfield-Dunn, a three-time Southland Conference first team performer, will enter the UTA Hall of Honor as one of the best players in Maverick history. The outside hitter is one of just five players in UT Arlington history to end her career with 1,000 kills, 1,000 digs and 100 service aces. Whitfield-Dunn is also the lone Maverick player to achieve that mark in just three years at UT Arlington.
She also helped guide UTA to the Southland Conference Tournament for three straight years and was named the tournament MVP during the 1992 season. Whitfield-Dunn ended her career with 1,490 kills, 1,148 digs and 125 service aces.
"I was so happy when she said yes to us and came to join our family at UTA," Whitfield-Dunn's former coach Cathy George said. "She made a huge impact on our program and I loved watching her grow. I'm so proud of her in everything she has done and this is a well-deserved honor."
While Whitfield-Dunn's performance as a player was impressive, her career as a coach has matched her on the court accomplishments. Whitfield-Dunn enters her 15th season as the head volleyball coach at Louise S. McGehee School in New Orleans, La. where she has guided the Hawks to three state championships and six state title match appearances.
The Waller native has also led her team to seven district titles and a playoff birth in each of her 14 seasons. Whitfield-Dunn was also named The Times-Picayune Coach of the Year for the state of Louisiana.
"I am humbled beyond measure to be in the company of those that have received this honor," Whitfield-Dunn said. "I am sincerely and deeply grateful to UTA for recognizing me."
Whitfield-Dunn graduated from UTA in 1994 with her BS in criminal justice and political science. Before coming to Louise S. McGehee in 2000, Whitfield-Dunn served as an assistant coach at Tulane University and received her MA in Human Performance and Health Promotion from the University of New Orleans.
The Hall of Honor ceremony will take place on Jan. 30, 2015 in the Bluebonnet Room of the University Center.The evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the induction ceremony. Individual tickets are available for $50 at www.utatickets.com.
The 2015 Hall of Honor inductees are Hunter Pence (baseball), Elston Cawley (men's track and field), Val Whitfield-Dunn (women's volleyball), Mike Stamps (football), and the 1996-2000 Men's Track and Field teams.
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