Bulldog Hall of Fame
Deb Bolinger Deb Bolinger
Softball, 1978-82

One of Ferris State's early softball greats, Bolinger earned first-team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference accolades in 1982. She twice (1981-82) attained team Most Valuable Player Award recognition and was a 1981 Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) All-State selection. The standout catcher from Bentley High School in Burton powered Ferris to three consecutive national tournament appearances, including a berth in the inaugural NCAA-II National Championships under head coach Carol Hutchins in 1982. Bolinger, who served as the squad's co-captain as a senior (1982), ran off a streak of 113 consecutive games as a starting catcher. She guided FSU to its first-ever GLIAC Championship with a 23-11 overall record and a 10-0 league ledger in 1982. Bolinger compiled a team-high .310 batting average along with team bests in hits (39), doubles (4) and runs batted in (18) while sparking FSU to a ninth-place AIAW Division II College World Series finish and a 23-16 overall mark as a junior in 1981 under head coach Monica Folske. The four-year letterwinner had 17 hits and batted in 12 runs during her sophomore campaign (1980) as FSU went 26-8 and placed fifth at the AIAW Division II Championships. She hit .290 with nine hits and seven runs scored as a freshman in 1979 when the Bulldogs tallied a 14-6 record and a runner-up league finish. Bolinger concluded her career with 79 hits, 40 runs batted in and seven triples. Her seven triples currently ranks tied for 11th among the school's all-time performers. She currently lives in Marietta, Ga.

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