Tammy Leonard Hardy '88
A four-year starter in the infield for the Grove City softball
team from 1985 to 1988, Tammy Leonard became one of the most decorated players
in program history. Leonard started at shortstop and helped lead the Wolverines
to their first two Presidents' Athletic Conference titles in both 1986 and 1987.
As a senior captain in 1988, the Leonard-led Wolverines placed second in the conference with an 8-2 league record while winning a single-season record 18 games. Leonard led Grove City with a .400 batting average, 30 hits and 17 walks, earning First Team All-PAC recognition for the second consecutive season. Leonard also became the program's initial First Team CoSIDA Academic All-American that spring.
The Uniontown, Ohio, native made an immediate impact at Grove City as she drove in a team-leading 23 runs as a freshman in 1985. Leonard also led Grove City with 30 hits while hitting .405. She earned Second Team All-Women's Keystone Conference that spring.
While her offensive numbers garnered attention, her defensive skills and baserunning prowess were her greatest strengths. During her four seasons, Grove City compiled a 60-28 overall record, the best four-year stretch in school history. The Wolverines went 28-9 in conference play over that period under head coach Don Lyle.
Tammy notes that she was “blessed with fantastic teammates” who all contributed to Grove City’s success during those years, particularly fellow team co-captain Debbie Poland.
Leonard graduated magna cum laude in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in business administration/computer systems. She added a master's of business administration from Carnegie Mellon University in 1993.
She worked for ALCOA in a variety of leadership positions before becoming Vice President of Hardy Enterprises, L.L.C. She is married to Alex Hardy, has a son, Sean, and two daughters, Kathryn and Rachel.