As part of the 100-year anniversary celebration of women’s athletics at Plymouth State University, a new award has been created honoring Dot Diehl, a longtime coach, faculty member and advocate for women’s athletics.
Dot Diehl has been teaching at Plymouth State for 30 years, and is a professor emerita of physical education and adjunct faculty in Health and Human Performance. She also served as department chair, faculty speaker and coached field hockey from 1973–1989, making eight straight post-season appearances from 1980–1987, including an ECAC championship in 1984. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Julie Bernier said Diehl made a positive mark on Plymouth State’s students, faculty and staff.
“Watching Dot, I learned the meaning of the word integrity,” Bernier said. “Dot showed what it meant to be a mentor to others, how to influence change, how to manage conflict, how to lead, but give others credit.”
The Dorothy “Dot” Diehl Award will be presented annually to a female student athlete that exhibits leadership for the advancement of women’s equity in sports and physical education. The recipient must demonstrate strength of character and a sense of responsibility to others. The award was announced at a joint celebration of Women’s Studies and 100 years of Women’s Athletics at PSU. PSU’s Director of Athletics, John Clark, noted Dot Diehl made major contributions to women’s equality on campus.
“It is so fitting that we culminate our celebration of 100 years of women’s athletics by honoring Dot Diehl,” said Clark. “Her role and her influence over the last 35 years is unparalleled. Thank you for all you have meant to our students, our department, our University and for me.”
Diehl thanked those in attendance and reminded the audience that many people have worked to gain equality for women.
“Sometimes I’m concerned that the women who will be here in the future will take some things for granted,” Diehl said. “The women who came before us, in the 1800s and 1900s, it was much harder for them than it was for us – and I think they should be remembered here as well.”
PSU President Dr. Sara Jayne Steen echoed Diehl’s sentiment.
“I’m very pleased to see where Plymouth State University is today,” Steen said. “I’m also very pleased we’re honoring Dot Diehl.”
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