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Dr. Donna Lopiano

  • Sport: Softball
  • Decade Inducted: 00s

The woman who has done more for women’s sports in the United States than any other individual.

An all-around athlete, she participated in 26 national championships in four sports and was a nine-time All-American at four different positions in softball, a sport in which she played on six national championship teams including the Connecticut Brakettes.

She has been a college coach of men’s and women’s volleyball, women’s basketball and softball. Lopiano served for 17 years as the University of Texas’ Director of Women’s Athletics (1975–92) and is a past president of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women.

Current President and founder of Sports Management Resources, a consulting firm that focuses on bringing the knowledge of experienced, expert former athletics directors to assist scholastic and collegiate athletics departments in solving growth and development challenges, Dr. Lopiano is a mentor and role model.

She is a member of the National Sports Hall of Fame, the National Softball Hall of Fame and the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame, among others. In 2003, she was inducted into the Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame and into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.