Honors & Awards
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2012)
2013 Season Outlook
Dawna Tyson is in the mix to be Nebraska’s starting first baseman in 2013, despite her rookie status. Tyson has impressed the coaches enough to put herself in a position to earn a starting spot, and she split time with junior Kylee Muir as the Huskers’ starting first baseman during the fall. A tremendous hitter, Tyson’s ability with the bat will ultimately earn her playing time as a starter or off the bench this spring.
Although only a freshman, Tyson hails from a strong softball background. She joins her older sisters Dena (Washington) and Tori (Nebraska) as a Division I softball scholarship recruit, while her father Marty is a renowned hitting coach and head coach of the Corona Angels’ club program. Dawna was honored as one of Southern California’s top hitters twice in her final three high school seasons. While leading Corona High School to a runner-up finish at the 2010 CIF Southern Section playoffs, Tyson led her team with a .341 batting average and 23 RBIs. Against Division I pitching during Nebraska’s fall season, Tyson fared well, batting around .300.
One of three Californians in Nebraska’s freshman class, Tyson was a standout for Corona High School and for the Corona Angels club program, coached by her father Marty. Dawna also has family connections to Nebraska, as her sister Tori was a pitcher and outfielder for the Huskers from 2008 to 2011.
Dawna completed her high school career at Corona High School in Corona, Calif., last spring, recording her team’s only two hits in a first-round playoff loss. She was a four-time all-league selection for Corona, earning first-team accolades as a sophomore, junior and senior. Following her senior season, Tyson was one of 22 seniors from Riverside County selected to participate in the Orange and Riverside counties all-star game. She was joined on the team by fellow Husker freshman Emily Lockman.
As a senior, Tyson was a first-team All-Big VIII league selection, and she also earned All-Inland Valley honorable-mention honors from the Press-Enterprise. As a junior in 2011, Tyson was named to the All-CIF Southern Section Division I first team. Tyson earned a spot on the Southern Section Division I second team as a sophomore in 2010, while also being honored as an all-area honorable-mention selection.
Tyson helped lead Corona High School to a runner-up finish in the 2010 CIF Southern Section Division I playoffs. In her second straight season as a team captain in 2010, Tyson hit .341 with a .491 on-base percentage, 16 walks and 23 RBIs. She was the team leader in RBIs and her .341 average tied for team-high honors.
In addition to her individual high school accolades, Tyson was invited to attend a pair of elite camps. In 2008, she attended the West Coast All-Stars National Elite-64 Futures Camp, and she also attended the adidas Futures Top-100 camp in 2009. Both camps are invitation-only events designed for the top softball prospects in the country.
Tyson also helped the Corona Angels retain its status as one of the nation’s premier club programs. With the Angels, Tyson won a 10-and-under national championship, finished third at the 12-and-under national championship, finished second and third at the 14-and-under national championship and third at the 2010 Premier Girls Fastpitch National Championship. She also helped the Angels win the ASA 18-and-under Champions Cup in both 2010 and 2011.
Dawna Symone Tyson is the daughter of Marty and Donna Tyson and was born on Jan. 29, 1994, in Riverside, Calif. Dawna has three sisters, Dena (28), Tori (23) and Dominique (19). Dawna comes from a softball family, as her father Marty coaches the Corona Angels, one of the top club programs in the nation. Dawna’s sister Dena played at Washington from 2004 to 2007, earning first-team NFCA All-America honors as a senior in 2007, which included a trip to Bowlin Stadium for an NCAA Regional. Tori Tyson spent three seasons as a pitcher and outfielder for the Huskers from 2008 to 2010, before an injury forced her to miss her entire senior season in 2011. Dawna has not declared a major, but she did earn a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2012.