BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Birmingham-Southern Director of Tennis Ann Dielen was inducted into the 2018 class of the Georgia State University Athletics Hall of Fame. She is the first women's tennis player to be inducted in the GSU hall of fame.
Dielen was a talented tennis star who played on the men's team from 1972-74, as a women's team had yet to exist. In just over two years, she amassed records unmatched by any previous Panther. In 1972, she went 13-1 with all of her wins coming against men at other universities. In 1973, the tennis team went 19-5, which at the time was the best won/loss record recorded at Georgia State.
A two-time Georgia Women's Collegiate Tournament champion, she brought even more recognition to Georgia State by winning the State of Georgia's Women's Open Tournament and the City of Atlanta Women's Tournament in 1972. Dielen retired from coaching in the summer of 2018 after 41 years at BSC.
During her tenure on the Hilltop, she coached both the men's and women's tennis programs from 1977-2001. Dielen has over 675 career wins under her belt since 1983, boasting a .530 win percentage on the men's side. She moved to coaching only the women's team while helping the Panthers transition to NCAA Division I for the 2001-02 season.
Dielen is also an inductee in the Alabama Tennis Hall of Fame. And in 2014, the BSC home courts were dedicated the Ann Dielen Tennis Complex in honor of the illustrious coach.
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