The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Athletics Department and the Office of Alumni Affairs recently announced its Class of 2009 inductees into the UTC Athletics Hall of Fame. GoMocs.com is currently profiling each new member leading up to the Hall of Fame Dinner on Feb. 12.
Our next feature is on 1999 Southern Conference Softball Player of the Year Allison DeVries Harr. DeVries finished her career as one of the top offensive players in school history and is still ranked at or near the top of almost every category in the Lady Mocs' record book.
DeVries came to Chattanooga after a standout career at nearby Ooltewah High School where she led the Owls to a state title as a senior. She joined the Lady Mocs in 1996, just the third year of existence for the softball program at UTC.
"Back then softball was just becoming a sport at UTC," explained DeVries. "It was really exciting for me being a local student-athlete and getting to play at UTC. Starting from scratch and building the program up to what it is today was great to be a part of."
DeVries made an immediate impact on the Lady Mocs, hitting .351 in her first year. An all-tournament selection that season, she guided UTC to its first ever SoCon Tournament Championship.
As a sophomore, DeVries earned All-SoCon honors by hitting .329 with 14 doubles and four homers. She repeated on the all-tournament squad, helping UTC to its second-straight SoCon Tournament Championship.
The Lady Mocs success during DeVries' first two seasons brought plenty of local attention to the program, but the opening of Frost Stadium in 1998 helped put UTC on the national map.
"I think one of the most exciting things for me during my career was watching the stadium being built," stated DeVries. "Being able to play in a stadium like that during my time was amazing."
Frost Stadium is one of the crown jewels of Chattanooga Athletics. The $2 million facility seats over 3,000, including 800 chairbacks seats and multiple luxury suites. Complete with locker rooms, dugouts, batting cages and bullpens, Frost Stadium is the envy of softball programs in the region.
DeVries hit .395 during her junior season in 1998, the second-highest mark in the SoCon that season. Showing her skills at first base, she posted a .994 fielding percentage with 503 putouts, both top-5 marks for a season in Chattanooga history. She also led the Lady Mocs with 40 RBIs and 68 hits, again earning All-SoCon honors. She was a repeat performer on the SoCon All-Tournament team, guiding UTC to its third-straight tourney title.
During her senior season in 1999, DeVries batted .441, a mark that still stands as the top average for a season in school history. She also recorded school-records with a .500 on-base percentage, 82 hits and 136 total bases. Her 24 doubles are No. 2 on the Mocs' single season list while her .731 slugging percentage is third.
Chattanooga went 48-18 in 1999, including a perfect 16-0 mark in SoCon play during the regular season. The Lady Mocs fell in the finals of the SoCon Tournament but DeVries still made her mark on the program, earning SoCon Player of the Year honors that season.
Known as one of the toughest players in program history, DeVries posted a .383 career batting average which is still No. 3 all-time at UTC. Her .446 on-base percentage is No. 2 in the Mocs' record books while her .592 slugging percentage is fifth. She graduated as Chattanooga's all-time leader in doubles (56), home runs (24), RBIs (167) and total bases (386) and still ranks in the top-3 in each of those categories.
Here is a look at where DeVries stands in multiple categories in the Lady Mocs' record book.
Hits - 1st (82 - 1999)
Doubles - 1st (24 - 1999)
Total Bases - 1st (136 - 1999)
On-Base % - T1st (.500 - 1999)
Batting Average - 2nd (.441 - 1999)
Slugging % - 3rd (.731 - 1999)
Fielding % - 5th (.994 - 1998)
Putouts - 2nd (503 - 1998)
Putouts - 1st (1,192)
Hits - 2nd (250)
Doubles - 2nd (56)
RBIs - 2nd (167)
Total Bases - 2nd (386)
On-Base % - 2nd (.446)
Home Runs - T2nd (24)
Batting Average - 3rd (.383)
Slugging % - 3rd (.592)
Walks - 5th (74)
DeVries graduated with a degree in Sport Management in 1999 and is currently a Public Health Educator in the Chattanooga Hamilton County Health Department. She married Jason Harr in 2005 and they are proud parents of one-year-old Kaylee.
When asked about her induction to the Hall of Fame, her reaction was much like the other inductees in the Class of 2009. "It was a shock and a real honor," stated DeVries. "Again, being a local student-athlete and being able to play at UTC was a great opportunity. Becoming a Hall of Fame member is a real honor and I really appreciate it."
DeVries is the third member of the softball program to be inducted into the UTC Athletics Hall of Fame, joining April Miller Raschke (1994-96) and Beth Alexander (1999-02).
Fans can come out and enjoy the Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony on Feb. 12, 2010, at the Chattanooga Country Club. The reception begins at 6:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) with the dinner and program starting at 6:30 p.m. The event is open to all Mocs fans with a cost of $25 per person while seating is available. Contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at (423) 425-4785 for more information or to order tickets.
The inductees and award winners will also be honored at halftime of the men's basketball game against Furman on Feb. 13. For tickets to the basketball game, call the UTC Ticket Office at (423) 266-MOCS (6627).