Belmont alumna and Senior Women’s Administrator/Assistant Athletic Director Betty Wiseman of Portland Tenn., was honored recently when Portland Mayor Kenneth Wilber surprised her with the declaration that the walking trail at Richland Park would be known as the “Betty ‘Sam’ Wiseman Walking Trail.”
Wiseman is well-known at Belmont as she helped found the women’s basketball program, was named “Coach of the Year” four times, named Belmont’s “Alumni of the Year,” inducted into the Belmont Athletic Hall of Fame, inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and most recently authored a book about sports evangelism work with annual mission trips around the world.
Wiseman was shocked and honored to receive such a designation. “The park sits on the place where our house was, where our family lived, and it looked out over where the baseball fields are,” Wiseman said.
“When my dad was alive, the last time I took him up there, we walked around and discovered a rock where our house was… I’m just thinking about my mom and dad tonight,” she said. “They would be so proud.”