BSC Athletics Inducts Hall of Fame Class of 2019

BSC Athletics Inducts Hall of Fame Class of 2019

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –  The Birmingham-Southern College Hall of Fame Class of 2019 was inducted Friday night. Walter Arrington, Ashley Bice Culliver, Drew Leachman and Ann Dielen joined the Hall of Fame, and their places were immortalized in Birmingham-Southern athletics history.

 

Walter Arrington '11 – Football

Arrington finished his career on the Hilltop with 2495 rushing yards and 32 total touchdowns. In 2007, he ranked second in all-purpose yards in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, which earned him Freshman of the Year honors and a spot on the all-conference second team. He would go on to add 599 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns his sophomore season, a team-high 636 rushing yards and eight touchdowns as a junior, and had a team and conference-high 1185 yards and 11 touchdowns his senior season. He was named first team all-conference and the SCAC Offensive Player of the Year.

Today, Arrington and his wife Denise reside in Coral Gables, Fla., where he works as a project manager for Brasfield and Gorrie Construction.

 

Ashley Bice Culliver '12 – Softball

Bice enters the BSC Hall of Fame as the most decorated softball player in the program's history. Leading the Panthers with a .455 batting average her freshman season, she helped BSC to a 32-5 record and a top 25 national ranking. Her sophomore season Bice saw more success, helping BSC to a second-place finish in the SCAC Eastern Division as she took home all-conference honorable mention. As a junior, Bice's .476 batting average and .574 on-base percentage led the SCAC. She earned first team all-conference honors that season as the Panthers went 25-9 and won their first ever SCAC Eastern Division title.

Finally, in her senior season, the Panthers won their second-straight SCAC Eastern Division championship and first ever SCAC Championship. Bice finished tied for first in conference player of the year voting and was named first team all-conference for the second straight year.

Today, Bice works as a human resources generalist for Avanti Polar Lipids and resides in McCalla, Ala., with her husband Jordan Culliver and their two children, Penley and Calex.

 

Drew Leachman '11 – Baseball

Leachman helped jump start the newly transitioned baseball program to Division III in 2008. After a 20-21 freshman season, Leachman – named first team all-conference and third team all-region with a team-high .408 batting average – and the Panthers improved to 28-11 in 2009 and won the SCAC Eastern Division title for the first time. As a junior, Leachman added 51 RBI and a conference-best 61 runs scored to once again earn first team all-conference honors and a spot on the All-South Region First Team. His stellar performance that season helped the Panthers win the SCAC title.

Leachman stepped it up in his final season on the Hilltop, when he .451, the third highest batting average in school history, and led the Panthers with 73 hits and 105 total bases. His numbers once again put him on track to receive first team all-conference and first team all-region honors, as well as the SCAC Offensive Player of the Year, the All-South Region Player of the Year and a spot on the ABCA All-America team. He left BSC as ranking second in program history with a .412 career batting average and would go on to be drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 37th round of the MLB Draft.

Today, Leachman is operating ThinkMed Georgia Sales and Distribution and, alongside his wife Amy, is the proud parent of two daughters, Lane and Sutton.

 

Ann Dielen – Tennis Coach

After a 41-year career coaching tennis at Birmingham-Southern, Dielen enters the BSC Hall of Fame. After her own playing career ended in 1974, Dielen came to the Hilltop in 1977 as the first coach of a re-established program. Coaching both the men's and women's teams for the first 24 years, Dielen amassed more than 200 wins for the men's program, while leading the women's team to the NAIA national tournament every year from 1980 to 2001. A seven-time NAIA District Coach of the Year and winner of the ITA Women's Tennis Coach of the Year award in 1992, she led BSC teams to 40 NAIA national tournament appearances. Dielen led the Panthers to winning seasons in each of the four seasons at Division I before transitioning to Division III, where she coached BSC to 10 winning seasons in her final 11 years. She was named the Southern Athletic Association Coach of the Year in 2016.

The winningest and longest-tenured coach in the history of Birmingham-Southern, Dielen recorded 678 victories and the tennis facility on campus bears her name. Already a member of the Georgia State Athletics Hall of Fame and the Alabama Tennis Hall of Fame, Dielen now enters her rightful place in the BSC Hall of Fame.

She and her husband Will are the parents of two children, Marie Freeman and the late Will Dielen, and they have three grandchildren.

 

 

 

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