Debbie Nichols-Hedrick

Debbie Nichols-Hedrick was not only one of the greatest softball players in Louisiana Tech history, but one of the greatest in NCAA Division I history. Now more than 13 years removed from her playing days for the Lady Techsters, Nichols-Hedrick's name is still etched in both the Tech and the NCAA record books and rightly so. Her dominance on the mound for head coach Bill Galloway from 1987 through 1990 helped lead the Lady Techsters to national prominence. During her four-year career, Nichols-Hedrick, who was Debbie Nichols at the time, became only the second female athlete at Louisiana Tech to ever obtain All-American honors three straight years, accomplishing the feat in 1988, 1989, and 1990. Nichols-Hedrick led the Lady Techsters to the NCAA Tournament in 1987, 1988, and 1989 while also being name the Louisiana Tech Player of the Year as a freshman, sophomore and senior. Perhaps the most amazing state of all when talking about Nichols-Hedrick's career at Tech was when she pitched every inning of the 1988 season for the Lady Techsters, logging 409 innings and amassing 50-8 mark that season. The Mesquite, Texas native still holds numerous school and NCAA records, including the most career starts (193), most career complete games (182) and most shutouts in a season (36) in 1988. Nichols-Hedrick also ranks No. 2 In NCAA history in career innings pitched (1,373), No. 2 in career victories (149), No. 2 in career shutouts (84) and No. 3 in career games (198). She also helped lead the Lady Techsters to three NCAA Regionals and a top ranking every year. Today, Nichols-Hedrick is in her eighth year as head softball coach at the University of Texas-Arlington where she lead the Mavericks to the 2003 Southland Conference regular season and tournament titles and the program's first trip to the NCAA Tournament.

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