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by: David S. Williams
Dunn Set for ABCA Hall of Fame Induction on Friday
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  01/02/2014
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Longtime Stetson baseball head coach Pete Dunn, along with six others, will be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame at the 20014 ABCA Hall of Fame/ Coach of the Year Banquet sponsored by Diamond at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas, 6:30 p.m., Friday, January 3.

The ceremony will take place at the Hilton Anatole.  The seven coaches being inducted are Pete Dunn of Stetson University, Tink Larson of Waseca High School, Jack Leggett of Clemson University, Paul Mainieri of Louisiana State University, Jim O'Brien of L.A. Harbor College, Augie Schmidt IV of Carthage College and Jimmie Wasem of Northwest Missouri State University.  

“It’s a tremendous honor and probably the highest honor that a college coach can have conferred upon him,” said Dunn. “It’s a result of being at an institution, the same institution in my case, that supports athletics in general and the baseball program in particular.

“I’ve always tried hard to surround myself with good people, including assistant coaches and student-athletes. I’ve been very fortunate to have an administration that believes in the program. The construction of Melching Field, for example, is a testament to the commitment of both the University and the community of DeLand to this program.”

Set to begin his 35th season as head coach at Stetson, Dunn ranks eighth among active NCAA Division I coaches with 1,228 victories. He has led the Hatters to 16 NCAA post-season appearances, eight conference championships, and has been named conference coach of the year six times.

“You look at the people already inducted in the hall of fame, and to be mentioned in the same breath as some of those guys is pretty amazing,” said Dunn. “Coach (Ron) Fraser (of Miami), Mike Martin (Florida State) and guys like that here in that state of Florida that I’ve gotten to compete against and look up to, especially Coach Fraser. He took me under his wing when I was a young coach. Coach Fraser made a commitment early on to play us regularly home-and home when he really didn’t have to. He was a big help in getting me to where I’m at now.

“My family and I are looking forward to getting out to Dallas and going to the ceremony.”

The ABCA and its members would like to congratulate these seven great leaders on this wonderful accomplishment.  If you would like to attend the banquet, tickets are available for purchase ($15 each) as of September 1st, 2013.  Tickets must be pre-ordered prior to the event.

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