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Kim Pitman is the sixth person affiliated with the volleyball team to be inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame at USC Upstate.
Pitman was a standout player on the volleyball team for two seasons from 2000-01. She helped lead USC Upstate/Spartanburg to back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Division II Tournament and 49 wins. She was a two-time All-Conference selection and was named the 2001 Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year. She also earned Peach Belt Conference All-Tournament honors in 2001.
Pitman had an outstanding year as a freshman, finishing the season with 341 kills and 123 total blocks as a middle hitter. A dominant player in the middle, she led the team to a 24-11 record and the program's first-ever berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament. As a sophomore, she was even more dominant. She finished the season with 535 kills with a .408 hitting percentage, 147 total blocks and 36 aces. She led the team to a 25-8 record, a second-place finish in the Peach Belt Conference and was named the league Player of the Year.
Her career numbers are lofty despite the fact that she played just two seasons at the University. She recorded 876 kills, 42 aces and 270 total blocks. She tops the all-time career record for hitting percentage, converting on .384 of her kill attempts. She also ranks among the all-time leaders in nine other statistical categories, including fourth in kills per match and points per game, eighth in blocks per game and 10th in both total blocks and points.
Pitman also ranks among the all-time greats in 14 single-season statistical categories. Her 535 kills, 4.65 kills per game, .408 hitting percentage and 679 points in 2001 all rank as the second-highest single-season marks in school history.
After finishing her playing career, Pitman served as assistant coach under Jennifer Calloway in 2002 before moving back to her native Illinois. While in Illinois, she worked as a drug and alcohol counselor for three years.
The Collinsville, Ill., native was an All-Conference and All-Region honoree at Belleville Area College prior to her years at Upstate/Spartanburg, leading BAC to two appearances in the NJCAA National Tournament.
Pitman currently lives in Scottsdale, Ariz. She works for Amercian Funds, a mutual funds company. She is also active in volleyball, serving as assistant coach at Fountain Hills High School as well as coaching club volleyball.