Former Marshall softball great and longtime pro player Amanda Williams Paz has earned election to her alma mater's athletics Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2017.
Holding a sturdy argument as the best player in Herd softball history, Williams Paz graduated with her name atop the program's career hits and total bases categories, among six statistical columns in all. She was four times named to the all-conference first-team and earned all-region honors all four years of collegiate career, including first-team honors from 2003-2005.
Williams Paz's trophy case also includes the Mid-American Conference's Freshman of the Year honor from 2003, as well as two NFCA All-American Scholar Athlete awards.
Following her collegiate career, Williams Paz spent several seasons in the National Pro Fastpitch professional league, earning two league titles during her tenure, including in 2009 with the Rockford Thunder and 2011 with the Chicago Bandits.
Williams Paz's resume also includes stops as an assistant coach with the Herd and most recently at Kennesaw State.
One of nine athletes set for induction in 2017, Williams Paz and her counterparts will officially join the Hall of Fame on Friday, September 15 and will be honored at the Thundering Herd football game the following day.
Along with Williams Paz, the members of the class of 2017 include Ahmad Bradshaw (football); Bob Gray (soccer); Eric Ihnat (football); Bill James (basketball/football); Katie Stein Mason (volleyball); Keith Veney (basketball); David Wade (basketball); and Rusty Wamsley (baseball).