Bryant’s Dreher named to UCA Hall of Fame

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Bryant softball coach Lisa Dreher instructs a pair of her players early in the 2016 season. (File photo by Rick Nation)

CONWAY — Bryant High School head softball coach Lisa Dreher became the first softball inductee into the University of Central Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Dreher along with Cleon Brown (football, track), Nathan Brown (football), Layton Gray (football, track), Bobby Hill (football), Don Struebing (football) and Bill Terwilliger (basketball, coaching) were honored at a brunch held Saturday at the UCA Student Center Ballroom.

Dreher was UCA’s first softball signee when the program began in 1996, the first college softball program in the state. She was a four-time, first-team All-Gulf South Conference selection and an NFCA All-Region selection. When she signed up to play fast-pitch at UCA, she had never played anything other than slow-pitch

She finished her career with 157 hits and a .344 batting average and holds the school record with a 19-game hitting streak.

“It’s been an honor to be recognized by UCA,” Dreher said. “They have always treated me like family and last weekend was no exception. I was humbled to be there with six other amazing individuals and hearing their stories.”

Of the 130 members of the Hall of Fame at UCA, only 1/14 are women.

Dreher came to Bryant to teach Special Ed but was asked by then athletic director Tom Farmer to take on the softball program. In six seasons, she led the team to a 124-54-1 record. The Lady Hornets reached State all six years and wound up in the State finals three times.

After stepping down as head coach after the 2009 season, Dreher continued to teach and returned to coaching the Lady Hornets last spring, leading them to a 20-13 record. They made the quarterfinals of the State Tournament, losing a heartbreaker to eventual champion Bentonville, 4-3, in eight innings.

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