HAVEN, Conn. - Louise ONeal, athletic director
and chair of physical education, recreation and athletics
for Wellesley College, was recognized by the Southern Connecticut
State University (SCSU) Alumni Association as the recipient
of one of its highest honors, induction into the SCSU Alumni
Association Sports Hall of Fame.
who worked at SCSU from 1962-76, has brought national prominence
to the university and its students through her exceptional
achievements as a teacher, coach and leader. Under her leadership,
the universitys basketball teams compiled a record
of 110 wins and 27 losses and won the New England Regional
Championship Tournament in 1972 and 1973. During her tenure,
SCSU was the only university to qualify for all six National
Collegiate Championships, and finished third in the nation
in 1971, 1973 and 1974; fourth in 1975; and seventh in 1976.
leaving SCSU in 1976, ONeal assumed increasingly responsible
positions at Yale University and Dartmouth College. She
joined Wellesley College as director of athletics, physical
education and recreation in 1990. Within three years, the
overall winning percentage for Wellesleys teams was
highest in its history.
impacts the direction and focus of athletics at the national
level as a member of the NCAA Division III Management Council,
NCAA Championship Committee, chair of the Wade Trophy Committee
and a member of the Josten Trophy Committee, which selects
the outstanding Division I and Division III womens
basketball players in the country.
has received numerous honors including the National Administrator
of the Year Award from the National Association of Collegiate
Women Athletic Administrators in 1994. In addition, Wellesley
athletic teams have made 14 NCAA Championship appearances
under her tenure. Field hockey (1995) and volleyball (1998)
teams have made Final Four appearances. She served a two-year
term, beginning in 1995, as president of the New England
Women's 8 (NEW 8), Wellesleyıs athletic conference at the
time. Subsequently, she oversaw the transition from NEW
8 to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference
(NEWMAC), which Wellesley joined in the 1998-99 academic
is a graduate of North Texas State University and received
her masters degree from the University of Wisconsin.
She also is a graduate of the Harvard Institute for Educational
Management and the Institute for Higher Education Administration
at Bryn Mawr College.
more information, contact the SCSU Alumni Affairs Office