Had Tammy Berger Bondurant only played women’s basketball at Wooster like she had originally planned, she still would be remembered as having an impressive athletic career. Berger, though, would achieve great success as a soccer and track athlete as well, becoming a highly-accomplished multi-sport athlete.
Berger was recruited by Wooster only as a basketball player, and she earned playing time right away as a guard/forward off of the bench during the 1989-90 season, while helping the Scots to arguably their best season in program history – a 20-6 record and the North Coast Athletic Conference tournament title after finishing in first in the North Division during the regular season.
Her role expanded during her sophomore season, thanks in large part to her skill as a defender as she wound up leading the team with 2.2 steals per game. By her junior year, she was a regular starter and again paced the team in steals (2.5) while helping Wooster to another 20-win season (20-7). Then as a senior, Berger averaged 8.5 points and 2.5 assists on her way to a selection to the All-NCAC Team (honorable mention).
In all, the Scots went 71-31 during Berger’s career, the most wins for the team over a four-year stretch. She still ranks eighth in assists (216) and ninth in steals (175) all-time, but what makes her accomplishments on the hardwood all the more impressive is the fact that she was competing year round in two other sports.
“Once basketball season came to an end my freshman year, I decided to run track in order to stay in shape,” stated Berger.
That’s the way it started at least, but Berger, who competed as both a jumper and a sprinter, would go on to garner five all-NCAC certificates as a member of the indoor and outdoor track teams. As a junior in 1991, Berger won the NCAC indoor long jump title with a mark of 16 feet, 10 inches (after not practicing due to her basketball commitments), and then during the 1992 and 1993 outdoor seasons, she ran the third leg of the NCAC-champion 4x100 relay teams. Berger also placed third in the outdoor long jump in both 1992 (17 feet, 3 inches) and 1993 (17 feet, 1 inch).
“I also started to miss playing soccer, so I decided to try and walk on during my sophomore year,” Berger added.
Berger didn’t waste time making an impact in that sport either, as she played her way into a starting defender position and helped Wooster win a share of the NCAC championship for the first time in 1990. She also earned a spot on the all-conference team (honorable mention), something she would the following two seasons as well (first-team in both 1991 and 1992).
The 1991 women’s soccer team may have been the Scots’ best, especially from a defensive standpoint. With Berger in the backfield, the Scots allowed just eight goals all year as they went 14-3-3, won the conference championship outright, and were ranked as high as 14th in the nation. In 1992, Berger and Wooster got a taste of the NCAA Div. III Championships, receiving an at-large berth into the field.
After graduating with honors in sociology, Berger moved to southern California, where she initially worked as a payroll specialist and later as a financial analyst for 11 years.
Currently she resides in her childhood hometown of Beavercreek, Ohio, with her husband Dan, and their four kids – Austin (10), Zack (8), Kendra (5), and Danielle (1) – and works as a substitute teacher. Although she happily spends the majority of her free time with her children, she still enjoys running and competing in local races, and hopes to one day complete a triathlon.
“Being in-season during the entire school year was hard at times, but it was worth it because I learned time management,” summed up Berger. “Even to this day, I juggle all my commitments better, which can be a lot with a husband, four kids, and work.”