Dunn tabbed for Purdue Hall
Posted: Friday, March 2, 2012 12:00 pm
Lin Dunn is about to become a Hall of Famer at Purdue.
The Weakley County native and longtime women’s basketball coach is among a class of eight former student-athletes, coaches and administrators — representing the Purdue athletic scene during nine different decades — set to be inducted into the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame this spring.
Dunn will go in with Fred Beretta, basketball, 1938-40; Gary Danielson, football, 1970-72; G.S. “Pop” Doan, coach and administrator, 1918-60; Walt Eversman, swimming, 1956-59; Jerry Sichting, basketball, 1976-79; Toyinda (Smith) Wilson-Long, track and field, 1996-99; and Jeff Zgonina, football, 1989-92.
These Boilermaker greats will join 118 former athletes, coaches and administrators who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame since 1994, when the selection process was initiated.
The latest honorees will be recognized during the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Mackey Arena on the Purdue campus April 14 beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets, priced at $60 each, will be available through the John Purdue Club and the Athletic Ticket Office, 900 John R. Wooden Drive, starting in early March.
Six of the eight inductees are expected to attend. Beretta and Doan are deceased and will be represented by family members.
Dunn was head coach of the Purdue women’s basketball team from 1988 to 1996, leading the Boilermakers to three Big Ten titles, two NCAA Sweet 16s, the 1995 Elite Eight and the 1994 Final Four.
She is the winningest women’s basketball coach in school history with 206 victories, ranks second with a .752 winning percentage and is the only Purdue coach to never lose to intrastate rival Indiana.
Dunn coached 27 All-Big Ten players and nine All-Americans, including Joy Holmes, MaChelle Joseph and Stacy Lovelace, who received first team national honors.
She was chosen as Big Ten Coach of the Year in 1989 and 1991.
She served as chairperson of the Kodak All-American Committee and as president of the WBCA, was an assistant coach on the 1990 World Championships Goodwill Team and the 1992 USA Olympic Team and head coach of the 1995 Jones Cup Team.
Dunn went on to serve as head coach in the American Basketball League and subsequently as assistant coach, head coach and general manager in the WNBA.
Dunn lives in Dresden during the offseason and currently is head coach of the Indiana Fever in the WNBA.
The 2012 class was chosen by a select committee of Hall of Fame members, former student-athletes and current university administrators. Published in The WCP 3.1.12