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Beth Willis Dolente
Lipscomb Athletics Hall of Fame
Beth Willis Dolente

Beth Willis Dolente has made a name for herself for an unbeatable work ethic and unquestioned leadership abilities, characteristics she has employed on both a basketball court and in a court of law. From 1990-94 Beth led the Lady Bisons to a 75 percent winning percentage and a berth in the 1994 NAIA National Championship game. She finished her Lady Bison career as the third leading scorer (2,258 points) and the fifth leading rebounder (911).  The TranSouth Athletic Conference honored her three times (1992, 1993, 1994) as both All-Conference performer and All-Academic Team member, and she was named twice to the All-District 24 Team (1992, 1993). National accolades followed:  she was Lipscomb’s first NAIA 1st Team All-American (1993), NAIA Honorable Mention All-American (1994), and NAIA All-American Scholar Athlete (1993, 1994). Beth was selected for the prestigious Kodak All-American team in 1993 – another Lipscomb first – and she received the NAIA’s Emil S. Liston Award, recognizing her scholarship, character and on-court accomplishments. A Dean’s List member each term, she graduated magna cum laude from Lipscomb in 1994 with a degree in Government and Public Administration. She earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Memphis and began practicing law in Middle Tennessee. Beth’s career continued to progress when she served as Assistant District Attorney for the 13th Judicial District and established herself as a well-respected prosecuting attorney.  Beth Willis will be remembered as one of the Lady Bisons’ all-time great players – one who translated her athletic accomplishment into professional excellence.



Hall of Fame Nominations

Nominate Someone to the Athletic Hall of Fame

To nominate an individual for the Lipscomb University Athletic Hall of Fame please forward nomination material to Philip Hutcheson, Lipscomb University Athletics, One University Park Drive, Nashville, Tennessee 37204-3951. The formal deadline for nominations is December 1 of the year prior to induction. To nominate an individual for the Lipscomb University Athletic Hall of Fame please provide as much data as possible in support of your nomination.

Nominees must fall into one of three categories with the following criteria taken into consideration:

  • Athlete: Career statistics; Conference, Regional, All-American and National honors; Leadership, service and continued support of Lipscomb University are all taken into consideration for each nominee.
  • Coach: Career record; Length of tenure, number of all-conference, all-region, all-american and scholar-athletes, as well as, impact made on the school. Post Lipscomb success is also taken into consideration for the Coach category
  • Meritorious Service: Truly exceptional contributions and service to the athletic program by one who does not qualify for the athlete or coach category.