KINGSTON, R.I.--University of Arizona women's basketball coach Joan Bonvicini will be inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame next month, the organization announced this week
Bonvicini, entering her 16th year as head coach in Tucson and 28th overall, was picked for her outstanding playing days at Southern Connecticut State. She already is in that school's sports hall of fame, the Connecticut Women's Basketball hall, Long Beach State's sports hall of fame for her coaching days there, and was tabbed for the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.
"I'm thrilled to be selected for this honor," Bonvicini said. "It's about the game's roots and tradition. You can understand New England basketball by remembering that Dr. James Naismith invented the game in a recreational situation in Springfield, Massachusetts, more than 100 years ago, " Bonvicini said. "The culture of the game is so strong in the region."
The New England Basketball Hall of Fame recognizes contributions of various sorts based on the culture of the sport in the region -- encompassing coaches and players from high school, Amateur Athletic Union teams, junior colleges, all NCAA divisions coaches and players, plus renowned officials and sportswriters. This year's induction is the hall's fourth class.
Bonvicini will join other inductees in a ceremony Oct. 6 here at the University of Rhode Island.joins some other notables in
She was a star guard for SCSU, from which she graduated in 1975, earning Region I-A most valuable player and honorable mention All-America honors after leading the team to a fourth-place finish in the women's NCAA-predecessor Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women championships. Southern Connecticut finished third her junior year. She was a finalist at the 1976 U.S. Olympic Team tryouts.