Mary Faignant, Connecticut – 2003
Mary is a retired teacher from Manchester, CT, High School. Her coaching experience includes both high school and college coaching. She has officiated basketball and assisted in rating clinics for new officials. She has also been a consultant for schools attempting to establish extramural programs: helped to integrate girls into existing athletic programs and served on committees to clarify and promote male and female programs.
Mary was responsible for the development of girls’ team sports at Manchester High School, beginning in 1962. She coordinated, scheduled, and coached volleyball and a synchronized swimming club which provided a community program in synchronized swimming. She developed and directed intramural and club basketball for women at the University of Hartford for four years. When Title IX was implemented at Manchester High School, Mary was responsible for the coordination between the girls and boys programs.
Mary’s involvement also included serving on the Manchester Educators Association committee for the development of extracurricular pay schedules for advisors and coaches. She served on the Manchester Coaches Committee which developed the award system for all athletes. While department chairperson for physical education, she was responsible for scheduling facility use by all groups, supervision of curriculum, and intramurals. She also worked to integrate the athletic awards banquet so that female and male athletes had one banquet.
She has been affiliated with the Central Connecticut Interscholastic League, Conference East, and the Central Connecticut Board of Officials for Women’s Sports. She is also a member of the CAHPERD.
Mary has held a state rating for women’s basketball, and was affiliated with the Connecticut Central Board of Officials for Women’s Sports for 26 years. She also worked the basketball rating team for women officials for 4 years, and was chairperson for one year.
Mary coached high school softball for 17 seasons with a lifetime record of 202 wins and 107 losses, high school field hockey for 9 seasons, basketball for 6 seasons and at the University of Hartford for 5 seasons. No records for field hockey or basketball at the University of Hartford are available. Out of 17 softball coaching seasons, 14 of her teams qualified for post season tournaments. They won 4 league championships, 7 state Class LL quarter final berths, 4 semifinal berths, and 1 runner-up state finals. Her basketball teams had 1 post-season first round. Field hockey teams earned 3 post season spots in the first round only.
Many honors have been presented to Mary: Softball Coach of the Year by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association (1983), nominated by the State of Connecticut for the Wilson National Coach of the Year (1990), softball High School coach by the CT Scholastic and College Softball Hall of Fame (1992), the Manchester Town Sports Hall of Fame – the first women coach to enter (1996), the CAHPERD Merit Award (1998), and the CT Interscholastic Athletic Conference Merit Award (2000).