Linda A. Hamm, Connecticut – 2001
Since 1968 Linda has served as a teacher of health and physical education at Lewis S. Mills High School in Burlington, CT. In addition to teaching, Linda has coached varsity teams in basketball (1968-1997), field hockey (1972-1973), softball (1968-1974), and volleyball (1968-1979, 1986-1988). She has served as head varsity basketball coach at the University of New Haven (1981-1983), head varsity volleyball coach at Yale University (1980-1981), head varsity coach for volleyball at Central Connecticut State (1984-1985), and head varsity volleyball coach at the University of New Haven (1981-1983). Her coaching experience also includes coach of an ASA softball team (1976-1978).
Her affiliations include the Northwest conference/Berkshire League (1969-1988), Ivy League (1980-1981), and ECAC (1981-1985). Linda officiates for the Connecticut Volleyball Board of Officials and the ASA Danbury Softball League (1976-1978).
Her coaching records include: basketball 60-17 (NCAA Champions 1975-1976); softball 44-38; volleyball 142-53 (Berkshire League champions 1986, 1988). At the collegiate level, her University of New Haven basketball team was runner-up in their conference and her volleyball teams with a 33-11 record was third in the Ivy League.
Linda has been the recipient of many accolades for her achievements including: Connecticut Volleyball High School Coach of the Year in 1976, Connecticut Regional School district #10 Teacher of the Year in 1990, and NAGWA/AAHPERD Pathfinder Award in 1999. In 2000, Linda was inducted into the Connecticut Volleyball Hall of Fame.
“Sports have always been the best thing in my life. I feel I have truly been blessed to have the opportunity to view sports as a coach, player, official, presenter/lecturer, and as a spectator. I am not sure how many people get to do a job they honestly enjoy doing every day of their lives. I have been teaching health and physical education for 32 years and I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world as I have had the opportunity during my teaching and coaching to work with the best and most precious commodity in the world – youth.
My greatest hope throughout my years of coaching and teaching was that I could make a difference in one person’s life through sports because then I know I would be more that successful in my job.”