Kathleen “Cookie” Bromage, Connecticut – 1998
Kathleen is a physical education major graduate of Southern Connecticut State College. Her professional career includes extensive coaching experience at Enfield, CT, High School where she has served for 33 years as varsity field hockey coach, 17 years as varsity basketball coach, and 10 years as varsity and junior varsity cheerleading coach. She has also been an assistant field hockey coach at Springfield College.
She is affiliated with the Central Connecticut Conference and served as the East chairperson for field hockey. Other affiliations include the CT Interscholastic Athletic Conference where she served as chairperson of field hockey, and the CT High School Coaches Association where she is chairperson of field hockey.
Records for her extensive coaching experience are not available, as at that time few records were kept for girls’ sports. Her teams have participated in extensive tournament play. They earned 9 league championships in field hockey and runner-up in the CT Division M field hockey championships in 1982, and five field hockey state championships, Division M.
The Hartford Courant selected her as the Coach of the Year in 1993 and in 1994. She was selected as the All-State Field Hockey Division M Coach of the Year three times, the CT High School Coaches Association Field Hockey Coach of the Year in 1995, and the CT Sportswriters Alliance High School Female Coach of the Year in 1995. Also in 1995, Kathleen was a charter inductee into the Enfield Athletic Hall of Fame.
Kathleen has worked with “some exceptionally talented athletes … and is proud to have remained in contact with them after they have become successful professionals.” Many of her players have gone on to play field hockey or basketball at the collegiate level. A highlight of her career was traveling to Holland with her field hockey team for two weeks of playing, touring, sightseeing, and networking.