|Year of Graduation:||1990-1994|
Our next inductee is one of the greatest two-sport standouts in the history of Maryville College athletics, a 1994 graduate- Dena Godsey-Barr.
Dena is a native of the Knoxville and Seymour area and graduate of South-Doyle High School.
This 5’6” dynamo came to Maryville College under the urging of former softball coach Wes Moore.
During her first two years at Maryville, Dena focused on her academics and her role as a proverbial vacuum at shortstop for the Lady Scots.
This Dean’s List student attacked her classes with the same efficiency that allowed her to be named softball’s Freshman of the Year in 1990.
Dena hit .343 in her first collegiate season, and was second on the team with three homeruns. She also paced the Lady Scots in slugging percentage.
With a firm foundation in her studies while majoring in Economics and History, Dena decided to put her athleticism towards volleyball during her second year on the hill.
The volleyball team went 23-20. Dena fondly remembers the trip to Hilton Head while playing in a tournament and spending some quality time with her teammates at the beach.
She continued her prowess on the softball diamond, earning her second consecutive MVP honor during her junior season
Her fourth year at the college saw her volleyball squad post a 21-7 record. She earned team MVP honors while also being named to the Greensboro College All-Tournament Team.
Another of her favorite moments was the volleyball team’s trip to Washington, D.C. Her season of accolades concluded with a nomination as an All-American.
A quote from Coach Kandis Schram appeared in the Knoxville News Sentinel.“Every season Dena gets better,” stated her volleyball mentor. “I’m anxious to see her play next year.”
Dena’s senior campaign on the softball diamond provided another stellar offensive and defensive showing. She hit .379 and led the team with four dingers. Her phenomenal .828 slugging percentage was the best on the team, and the consistent, steady shortstop earned her third consecutive team MVP.
Because of her late blossoming on the volleyball court, Dena played the fall of 1993 to conclude her athletic eligibility.
The offensive kill machine did more than play, she dominated! Her amazing ability to elevate quickly allowed her to control the net. She could hit and block with the best of them.
The fall of 1993 saw MC Volleyball take their program to the next level. Coach Schram earned her 200th career coaching victory. The team finished 27-12 and earned their first bid to the NCAA National tournament in 11 years.
As the team excelled so too did Dena. The team’s MVP was named to the All-Tournament teams of an amazing five tournaments throughout the season. She was named to the All-South Region squad for her efforts.
Dena played with outstanding teammates in both sports while at MC. Kasi Ault, Peggy Bratt, Jennifer McCafferty, Nikki Boop, Stephanie French, Michelle Snyder, and Kelly Sanson all helped contribute to her success.
Dena graduated from Maryville in 1994 with a degree in Secondary Education specializing in Economics and History.
She is married to Charles John Barr. They are the proud parents of a pair of daughters, Katelyn and Kayla. She is self-employed as the owner of Cash Advance Company.
MC’s Head Volleyball Coach and former softball coach Kandis Schram had this to say about her standout. “Dena was a superb athlete that used her raw ability to excel at everything she attempted. She was a quiet leader that made those around her work harder and want to get better daily. In an era of sports specialization, she attacked each sport with excellence.”
A three-time MVP in Softball, a three-time MVP in Volleyball, and an All-South Region performer, one of the finest softball shortstops and volleyball outside hitters to ever wear the orange and garnet, welcome to the Wall of Fame, Dena Godsey Barr.