ADRIAN, Mich.--The Adrian College Athletic Department, in conjunction with the Office of Alumni Relations, will induct the 2018 class of the Adrian Bulldogs Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday as part of Homecoming activities. The ceremonial dinner will be held at 6 p.m. in the Tobias Center of Ritchie Hall, preceded by the Walk of Fame (5:15 p.m.) from the Caine Center and reception (5:30 p.m.).
This year's honorees include Walter Chany Jr '69 (Cross Country/Track & Field), Lauree Dermyer '05 (Volleyball), Lindsey Eshelman '09 (Volleyball/Tennis), Jill Green Pedersen '91 (Tennis/Field Hockey), Vincent Harkins '97 (Soccer) and Michael Lewis II '07 (Football).
Today's spotlight feature is on Lauree Dermyer '05 who competed in women's volleyball from 2001 to 2004.
Dermyer was a four-year letterwinner from 2001 to 2004, earning All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association First Team accolades in each season as the only Bulldogs women’s volleyball student-athlete ever to accomplish the feat.
Records, Records, Records
Dermyer helped Adrian win 58 matches during her career on teams coached by Mike Watkins. She was voted the team most valuable player for three years in a row (2002-04). She still holds school records for career kills with 1,695 and attack percentage with .417. She also ranks third in attack attempts (3176), fourth in service aces (99), second in solo blocks (99), tied for eighth in block assists (162) and sixth in total blocks (261).
Dermyer’s best season came during the 2004-05 academic year when she was named the Adrian Athletics Senior Female Athlete of the Year, racking up 537 kills, .388 hitting percentage, 105 digs and 98 total blocks. The middle hitter ranked fifth in NCAA Division III with 5.21 kills per set.
Still active in competitive adult volleyball leagues, Dermyer’s memories of her collegiate experience remains fresh in her mind. In particular, Adrian competed in a tournament at New York University and team members visited Ground Zero and the 9/11 Memorial.
During her playing days, Dermyer listed Brooklyn as her hometown and graduated from Columbia Central High School. She has spent much of her time building monies toward a CCHS scholarship and soccer field in her brother’s name, Chad, who is a fallen police officer.
What She's Doing Now
Dermyer makes her home in Jackson with her daughter Amiyah, 7. She currently works for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, as an eligibility specialist.
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Previous HOF Inductee Spotlights
Walter Chany Jr. ‘69 (Monday, Oct. 1)