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Dorsey Hutton Bramble

Class of 1974

Dorsey was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005. Her citation is copied below:

When Dorsey Hutton Bramble ‘74 became the interim coach of the Washington College women’s tennis team in 1985, surely the thought of induction into her alma mater’s Athletic Hall of Fame was beyond her wildest dreams. It is fitting that Holly is the only woman to be enshrined with the Class of 2005, for she is truly in “a league of her own.”

In only five years as coach, Holly took a program from obscurity to national prominence—accomplishing more than most coaches do in an entire career. Under Holly’s leadership, the number of wins increased and school records were established. Some of those records still stand today for both women’s tennis and women’s athletics at Washington College.

The 1991 team made history as the first women’s team at the College to win a conference crown, leading the then 26-school Middle Atlantic Conference, the largest conference in NCAA Division III. Holly also guided that team to its first national ranking (13th), narrowly missing a bid to the NCAA Division III national tournament. That 16-2 team established a school record for most victories in a season and the highest winning percentage (.888) of any women’s tennis team in the 31-year history of the program.

Holly continues to be the only female coach in school history to produce a national finalist. Tracy Peel Coutts ‘92, with Holly by her side, advanced to the championship match of the NCAA Division III singles tournament in 1990. She also coached the first and greatest number of female All-Americans in school history—Coutts, Monica Blanco ‘90 and Pam Hendrickson Boan ‘94, respectively. Her career win-loss record of 56-31, 56 total victories, and her winning percentage of .644 all rank first among the other women’s tennis coaches.

More importantly, her passion for the sport of tennis and her loyalty to her alma mater are unsurpassed. Although her formal ties with the program ended in 1991, Holly continues to mentor our women’s tennis players and to celebrate their successes.

Washington College considers it an honor and a privilege to induct Dorsey Hutton Bramble into the Washington College Athletic Hall of Fame this seventh day of October, 2005.