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Dutton Becomes More than Lady Govs’ Manager


Dothan, Ala.— Lydia Dutton always knew she wanted to attend Wallace Community College-Dothan. She thought she would get one year in, then transfer to a four-year university. It didn’t take long for her plans to change.

 “I always knew that I wanted to come to Wallace so that I could stay close to home and save up. My plan was just to stay for one year, then go off,” Dutton said. “But to be able to be on a full scholarship, get the college experience and make memories with a bunch of new friends is more than I could ask for.”

 Dutton is a manager for the Lady Govs softball team at the College, and has spent the last year working with the team and traveling to games and tournaments.

 “It was a brand new experience for me. I had never worked with a collegiate team before or had an experience to compare it to,” Dutton said. “I was very excited. I was a bit apprehensive meeting a bunch of new people, but I was mostly excited for it.”

 Dutton and the team’s two other managers, Judd Chancey and Adams Dawkins, have all become friends with the team throughout the year.

 “Because of Wallace I’ve not only gained experience that I will carry for the rest of my life, but also many memories and lifelong friends,” Dutton said. “All the girls, I’m just so thankful for. We’ve made so many memories this past year. We traveled a lot, many hours on a bus, but overall it was a really great year.”

 Dutton isn’t just known for helping out with the team, she’s also known for being the Lady Govs’ personal photographer.

 Dutton started taking photos when she was a little girl, and never put down the camera.

 “I’ve picked up my mom’s camera, just taking pictures and getting familiar with it,” she said. “I’ve been doing sports since I was a freshman in high school.”

 Dutton said the players enjoy having her there to photograph their season, whether it be silly, fun photos, or action shots during the game.

 “I’m just so glad that Coach Claire Goodson and Coach David Russo even allowed me to have my camera out there. It was a nice little gift for the girls, because they get to enjoy posting the pictures online, and it also shows them what they could do better with their swing and stuff like that.”

 Dutton has plans to return to the team for the upcoming season, and then pursue her elementary education degree upon graduating from Wallace.

 “I’ve always had such a great experience with teachers and they’ve always made such an impact on my life that I just want to be that for someone else, too,” Dutton said. “I’m excited for next year. I think it’s going to be another great year.”


Wallace Community College is a member of the Alabama Community College System, which is the state’s single largest system of public higher education. With campuses in Dothan and Eufaula, Wallace enrolls 4,600 credit students every term in its academic, health, and career technical programs. The College also serves approximately 3,000 students annually through adult education, workforce training programs, and continuing education. Area high school students take dual enrollment courses through Wallace to get an early start on their college education. 

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