Pete Dunn Honored; Gavilsky, Ryder Selected for Hall of Fame

Former women’s soccer star Tessa Gavilsky and current PGA Tour member Sam Ryder have been selected as the latest members of the Stetson Athletics Hall of Fame. The duo will be honored during ceremonies as part of Homecoming Weekend on Friday, Nov. 3, at the Wayne Sanborn Center in DeLand.

Tessa Gavilsky runs down the field, ready to kick the ball
Former Stetson women’s soccer star Tessa Gavilsky

The career of former baseball head coach and Stetson Athletics Hall of Famer Pete Dunn will also be celebrated as part of the Hall of Fame event. Dunn’s No. 25 jersey will be formally retired during the celebration.

Gavilsky (2007-10) finished her career at Stetson as the program’s all-time leader in every major offensive category: goals (34), assists (29) and total points (97). The two-time ASUN Offensive Player of the Year (2008, 2009), Gavilsky was a three-time, first-team All-ASUN selection.

During her career, she set the program record for points in a season with 28 in 2008, and broke her own record the next season with 30 points.

Gavilsky has enjoyed a successful professional career since graduating from Stetson in 2011, playing mostly in Europe. She won a pair of Swedish First Division championships with Mallbackens IF, and spent part of last season with the NWSL’s Houston Dash.

PGA Tour member Sam Ryder holds trophy
Former Hatter and current PGA Tour member Sam Ryder. Photo courtesy of the PGA Tour.

Ryder (2009-12) has enjoyed tremendous success as a professional golfer since graduating from Stetson in 2012. Last summer, he qualified for and participated in the U.S. Open, and in July he earned his PGA Tour card after winning the Pinnacle Bank Championship on the Tour.

As a Hatter, Ryder posted the three best single-season stroke averages in school history, including a 71.5 as a senior in 2011-12, when he also won a school-record four tournaments. Due to his playing commitments, Ryder will be unable to attend the ceremony and will be formally inducted at a later date.

The ASUN individual champion in 2012, Ryder became the first player in program history to participate in the NCAA Championships that same year.

Over his 37 seasons as the leader of the Hatters’ baseball program, Dunn compiled 1,312 victories, which ranked eighth on the NCAA’s active career wins list upon his retirement last December. He took the Stetson program to 17 NCAA Regionals, including his final team in 2016, which also won his ninth ASUN Conference title.

Pete Dunn scurries onto the field.
Former Stetson baseball head coach Pete Dunn

In addition to serving as the Stetson head coach for almost four decades, he also played for the Hatters and received his Bachelor’s degree from Stetson in 1972. He is not only a member of the Stetson Athletics Hall of Fame (Class of 1992), he also received the Stetson University Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007.

Dunn was inducted into the Central Florida Sports Hall of Fame in 2007, the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2014, and into the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.

The Hall of Fame event is scheduled from 5:30-8 p.m., and includes a Happy Hour and a formal dinner. Tickets are $55. For more information, contact Stacy Turner in the Stetson Athletics Department at (386) 822-8100 or by email at


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