As part of the celebration of a century of women’s athletics at Plymouth State University, a new award has been created honoring Professor Emerita of Physical Education Dorothy “Dot” Diehl. in recognition of her numerous contributions to women’s sports and physical education at PSU.
Over the course of her 30-year career at Plymouth State, Diehl has served as department chair, faculty speaker, and field hockey coach. During her 16-year tenure as field hockey coach, Plymouth State field hockey made eight straight postseason appearances from 1980 to 1987, including an ECAC championship in 1984.
“Watching Dot, I learned the meaning of the word integrity,” Provost Julie Bernier says. “Dot showed what it meant to be a mentor to others, how to influence change, how to manage conflict, and how to lead, but give others credit.”
The Dorothy “Dot” Diehl Award will be presented annually to a female student athlete who exhibits leadership for the advancement of women’s equality in sports and physical education, strength of character, and a sense of responsibility to others.
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