Of her many individual accolades, there's one thing that tops all that when Jaclyn Daigneault looks back at her career. It was a Saturday afternoon in Bloomington, Illinois, that Daigneault and her Amherst College teammates won the Division III national championship of women's basketball, the first in program history, vanquishing five-time defending champion Washington University of St. Louis by a 64-55 margin.
It was in 2016, more than a decade after her career at Quinnipiac University ended, and Queen Edwards-Smith was chosen by her alma mater to be honored at the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, as part of "The MAAC Experience," a way for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference to recognize its all-time athletes.
High School Player
Nadine Domond's exceptional story as both player and coach began in Bridgeport, at the Boys & Girls Club where she challenged all comers to one-on-one matchups and at Bridgeport Central High School where she won the 1994 Class LL girls' basketball state championship along with her sister Nancy.
Tieman, Margaret Elizabeth
Margaret Tieman's expansive resume includes success at every level of playing, coaching and most recently officiating. She's garnered NCAA tournament experience as an official at the Division I, II and III levels dating back to 2006 - she refereed the Division III national championship game in 2010 and 2012; currently works for 13 Division I conferences including the SEC, ACC, and The Big 10; and has worked the Division I NCAA tournament since 2013.
Brian Hurlock recently completed his 30th year running a basketball camp in Farmington - Hurlock's Basketball Camp, spanning two weeks at 37 campers per week - but his passion for sharing his knowledge of the game extends much further. Brian has coached at several high school programs throughout the state over a 40-year period and prides himself in seeing the teams' vast improvements.
High School Player
The first time Ellen Geraghty learned to shoot a basketball, she was about 13 years old and she was wearing skateboard pads. She remembers attempting an "awkward granny shot" and doesn’t think she even hit the rim, but she remembers how being introduced to basketball that day changed her life forever.
High School Coach
Ron Hanson's lasting impact on girls' and women's basketball in Connecticut came during its formative years. The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Association held its inaugural girls' state tournament in 1974. Ron began coaching the girls' basketball team at Ellington High School in 1975.