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About the Hall of Fame

The Connecticut Women's Basketball Hall of Fame was the first of its kind in the country. The first induction ceremony was held in 1988. Individuals are chosen either through participation, service, support, or achievement in women's basketball within Connecticut.

Our Constitution
Founders & Board Members

Lou Albrecht: Vice President/ Treasurer/ Founder

Anthony Candido: Fundraiser Chair/ Founder

Sue Crisafi: Secretary

Marge Dolan: Banquet MC

Ann Fariss, Ph.D.: Banquet Co-Coordinator/ Founder

Tracey Finer: Newsletter Editor/ Creative Writer

Tracey Flynn: Special Projects

Lee Franzman: Nominating Committee Chair

Tina Gonyea: Banquet Co-Coordinator

Pam Moffo: Program Editor

Elaine Piazza: Event Promotions

Brenda Reilly, Ph.D.: Founder (Deceased)

Heather Smith: Website Updates/ Facebook

David Strong: Historian/ Archivist

Linda Wooster: President/ Executive Director/ Founder

Our Origin Story

The idea of a Hall of Fame for Women's basketball originated with Tony Candido. In the summer of 1987 five professional friends decided to casually meet to dream about establishing a Hall of Fame honoring individuals who have contributed to the enhancement of women's basketball in the State of Connecticut.

 

We gathered in a restaurant owned by Dr. Ann Fariss located on Long Island Sound - What a location to dream! We called ourselves "Founders" The five included:

 

  • Louise Albrecht - Collegiate Women's Athletic Director

  • Tony Candido - Women's Basketball Official

  • Ann Fariss, Ph.D. - Collegiate Athletic Director

  • Brenda Reilly - Collegiate Associate Athletic Director & Women's Basketball Coach

  • Linda Wooster - Collegiate Associate Women's Athletic Director

 

After reviewing many other Halls of Fame, a constitution was written and approved. At that time there were no other State Hall of Fames for Women's Basketball in the country. The first induction ceremony was held in April 1988 at 500 Blake Street Restaurant in New Haven. Individuals selected for induction into the Hall of Fame would be chosen either through participation, service, support, or achievement in women's basketball within the State of Connecticut. By 2013, there have been 183 outstanding individuals inducted. Our establishing this Basketball Hall of Fame was an inspiration for other sports professionals to organize which includes softball, volleyball, and field hockey.