Dot Richardson

Student-Athlete
Inducted 2015

When softball was added as an Olympic sport in 1996, it was Orlando native Dot Richardson who hit the winning home run in the gold medal game for the United States. But it was Richardson's background in prep and youth softball that led to the illustrious moment.

At 13 years old, Richardson became the youngest person ever to play in a Women's Major Fastpitch National Championship – a league in which she was named Most Valuable Player four times over her career. She had a standout career at Colonial High School, lettering in softball, track, volleyball and basketball. Richardson went on to play softball at UCLA and Western Illinois before venturing into the medical field.

In 1993 Richardson graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and is a licensed orthopedic surgeon in Florida. With "Dr. Dot's" background in sports, medicine and how they come together, she has served as the Executive Director and Medical Director of the National Training Center in Clermont. It houses one of the state's premier softball facilities that hosts hundreds of travel ball, high school and collegiate games every year, and was the site of the FHSAA Softball State Championships from 2010-2012.

She is the founder of the Dot Richardson Softball Association, which is a non-profit organization that provides instruction to coaches and athletes to help them reach their full potential. As part of this foundation, a travel ball organization was founded, with Richardson coaching "Dot's Diamonds" to National Softball Association national championships at both the 10U and 18U levels.

Currently the head coach at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., Richardson hopes to coach the U.S. Olympic Softball Team one day.