Tracy Hootman

Tracy HootmanAthlete • Inducted 2006

One of only a handful of three-sport athletes in JCCC  history, Tracy Hootman left her mark as an All-American in softball. Hootman was a first-team NJCAA All-Region VI and an honorable mention NJCAA All-American performer in 1987 for the Cavaliers softball program. That season, she hit .270, drove in 15 runs, scored a team-high 29 runs and set a school record with 40 base-on-balls, which still is a record today. JCCC finished runner-up in the Region VI Tournament in each of her two seasons. Hootman also earned All-Region VI accolades in tennis as a freshman, winning the No. 5 singles title at the Region VI Championships, which helped JCCC win the program’s first Jayhawk Conference and Region VI title. The team went on to post an eighth-place finish at the NJCAA Championships. Hootman reached the quarterfinals at the No. 5 spot at nationals, falling to the eventual national champion from Midland. Hootman played two seasons for JCCC’s women’s basketball team. Her sophomore year, Hootman was part of a team that recorded the biggest single-season turnaround in team and conference history, improving to 22 wins. Hootman played in 26 games and averaged 2.2 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.

Following her career at JCCC, Hootman went on to play at Central Missouri State University, where she was twice named All-MIAA, earning first-team honors in 1988, and second-team accolades in 1989. She also was selected to the 1989 Region All-Tournament team helping her team win regionals and advance to the Final Four of the NCAA Division II National Championship. Hootman also etched her name in the CMSU record books. She holds the single season record for walks with 27, and ranks seventh in career walks with 42. In 1999, Hootman and her teammates were inducted into the CMSU Athletics Hall of Fame. Hootman returned to JCCC in 1990 for one season as an assistant coach, and again in 1997, and served four more years as an assistant. During her five seasons, Hootman helped JCCC to a 240-66 record (.784), three conference championships, three Region VI titles and three national tournament appearances, including two top-five finishes. Following the 1999 season, Hootman, head coach Frank Barnes, were selected by the NFCA as the Coaching Staff of the Year.