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Greenfield standout inducted into Union University Hall of Fame

Greenfield standout inducted into Union University Hall of Fame
Greenfield standout inducted into Union University Hall of Fame | Lisa Caudle Hutchens, Greenfield, Tennessee, Union University Lady Bulldogs, Union Hall of Fame

Lisa Caudle Hutchens
Lisa Caudle Hutchens, a 1979 graduate of Greenfield High School and the all-time leading scorer for the Yellowjackets with 2,000 points, was honored with her posthumous induction into the Union University Athletics Hall of Fame last Friday night in Jackson.
After her high school graduation, Hutchens came to Union University, where she experienced a stellar career as a Lady Bulldog basketball player. She earned NAIA All-American, All-District 24 and Volunteer State Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player honors, while graduating third in her class with a degree in health and physical education. Hutchens was Union University’s first NAIA Academic All-American and still holds four school records.
After graduation from Union University in 1983, Hutchens attended the University of Memphis, formerly Memphis State University, where she earned her Master of Education Degree in 1985.
She began her coaching career at Millington Central High School and later moved to South Side High School in Jackson to lead the Lady Hawks. While at South Side she was recognized as the District 14 Coach of the Year for the 1988-89 and 1989-90 seasons and was the Jackson Sun Coach of the Year for the 1988-89 seasons. She led the Lady Hawks to the only undefeated season in Madison County history.
Coach Hutchens returned to her collegiate alma mater as assistant coach of the Lady Bulldogs and served for six seasons before taking leave of absence in 1997-98 to pursue a doctorate. In her six years as an assistant coach, Hutchens was very instrumental in the success of the Lady Bulldogs. The Lady Bulldogs won the TCAC four times, made the District 24 finals four times, capturing one district title during that period. The Lady Bulldogs made the NAIA National Basketball Tournament field six times during her tenure, finishing eighth on two outings, second, 16th, fourth and second.
Along with Coach David Blackstock, she coached the Lady Bulldogs to the 1998 NAIA National Championship. The Lady Bulldogs won over 30 games in each of five seasons, illustrating her importance to the Lady Bulldogs success.
Her No. 14 jersey is one of three jerseys retired by the Union University Lady Bulldogs basketball program.

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