Despite her numerous accolades and on-field successes, Dunne's experience at Alabama extended well beyond the pitching mound. A transplant from Daytona Beach, Fla., she was initially worried about the move to Tuscaloosa, but as she adjusted to life in Alabama, her softball team became her second family. When Dunne accepted the job in Stillwater, a town roughly half the size of Tuscaloosa, she was worried about the difficulty of transitioning to a new place once again.
"When you go to a town where you don't know anyone, that's kind of scary," Dunne said. "But you know that you're joining a team."
As she grows accustomed to life in Oklahoma, Dunne said she is able to rely on OSU head coach Rich Wieligman and assistant coach Tom Gray for assistance and mentorship. Now, with softball's fall season complete, Dunne is ready to focus on the legacy she will leave with her players as a coach.
"As a player, I always told my coaches that I wanted to be known as the competitor," Dunne said. "I left my heart and soul on the field when I was wearing that Alabama jersey. Now, as a coach, I want to give the girls every chance to improve and to go out and win the World Series."
Should the Cowgirls go out and win the World Series, maybe Dunne will finally be satisfied. However, regardless of her win-loss records, it's evident that Dunne's strong work ethic and love for the sport of softball will never diminish.