Ledyard to name softball complex after Mahoney

Ellen Mahoney, who won 355 games and seven state championships during her tenure as Ledyard High School softball coach, will have the school's softball complex named in her honor.

Ellen Mahoney Softball Complex will be christened in a ceremony on May 4 prior to Ledyard's game against Griswold, athletic director Jim Buonocore said Monday in a press release.

"No one in the history of Ledyard High School athletics is more deserving of this honor than Ellen Mahoney," Superintendent Dr. Michael Graner said in the release. "She is a true role model as a coach, constantly demanding the best from her athletes and consistently being rewarded with success. On and off the field, Ellen embodied the qualities of hard work, perseverance and fair play."

Mahoney began the program in 1976 and was 355-84 (.809) in 21 seasons. Her teams reached seven straight state championship games from 1990-96 and were 7-3 overall in title games. The Colonels had a 105-game regular-season winning streak snapped during the 1994 season.

A Norwich native, she is a member of the Connecticut Scholastic and Collegiate Softball Hall of Fame and the Connecticut High School Coaches' Association Hall of Fame. Mahoney retired from teaching physical education at Ledyard in 2007.

- Vickie Fulkerson

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