Dawn (Zarling) Plitzuweit

Dawn Plitzuweit
  • BS Biological Sciences 1995
Dawn Plitzuweit, who has excelled in women's basketball as both player and coach, earned a bachelor's degree in biological sciences.

While playing for Tech (1990-95), she was named twice an All-America, twice an All-America Honorable Mention, and twice an All-Academic player. As a player, Plitzuweit led her team to three titles in the GLIAC and four appearances in the NCAA Division II tournament. She holds career records at Tech for rebounds, assists, and steals.

She also received academic honors, and, at the invitation of the president, was the speaker at her own commencement. That same year, she was named the NCAA Woman of the Year in Michigan. She is the first person to be honored by the Molten/Women's Division II Bulletin as both an All-America Player (1995) and Coach of the Year (2006).

As well, she has been named Coach of the Year in the conference, the state, and the nation. Plitzuweit has been an assistant coach for Tech, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. She was the head coach at Grand Valley State University for four years and won the NCAA Division II national championship in 2005-06. She has been associate head coach at the University of Michigan since 2007.

She is a member of the Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Fame and the Varsity Club.

In 2008, Plitzuweit received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award.


Excerpted from Michigan Tech Magazine, Fall 2008