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~Athletic Director Named to Sports Hall of Fame~

For immediate release:
Aug. 2, 2001


Arlie Corday
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Louise O’Neal, 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.

O’Neal, 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 university’s 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.

After leaving SCSU in 1976, O’Neal 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 Wellesley’s teams was highest in its history.

O’Neal 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 women’s basketball players in the country.

She 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 year.

She is a graduate of North Texas State University and received her master’s 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.

For more information, contact the SCSU Alumni Affairs Office at 203-392-6500.


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