Dennis Denning
Team: Baseball; Inducted 1986

Dennis Denning graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a BA in 1966. During his time at the University, Denning achieved a batting average that ranked 24th in the nation (1964) and received Honorable Mention in the NAIA Small-College All-American rankings (1964). He was a member of the MIAC championship team in 1965. After his junior year, Denning signed a pro contract with the Baltimore Orioles. He played four years in the Orioles' system and had a Class AAA assignment, but an injury ended his career. After initially being inducted into the St. Thomas Hall of Fame, Denning went on to coach the Tommie baseball team for 15 years. HE was a two-time National Coach of the Year, and led the Tommies to 2001 and 2009 national titles, and 1999 and 2000 runner- up finishes. Under Denning's leadership, the Tommies won 11 of 15 possible MIAC championships, and made 14 NCAA playoff trips. Denning won 80 percent of his games, ending his coaching career with 522 total victories.