Brenda Reilly: A Tribute to Her Legacy

Brenda Reilly, CoachBrenda Reilly was the heart of women’s athletics at Central for many years. And she played a leading role in the national development of women’s sports during much of that time.

In honor of Brenda’s pioneering efforts on behalf of women’s athletics and the formative impact she had on young women’s lives, former players, family, and friends have joined in a campaign to name the new CCSU softball field in her memory.

Beyond her truly path-breaking leadership in women’s athletics, Brenda is fondly remembered as player, teacher, coach, mentor, and a friend. According to former player Dr. Gale “Gigi” Brown ’74, “Brenda challenged all who crossed her path to dream big and believe in one's self. Brenda's legacy lives on in the hearts of all she touched.”

Dr. Brown and Donna Fiedorowicz ’80, who are providing campaign leadership, feel that dedicating the field to Brenda’s memory is a fitting tribute to their former coach and friend. They are working with CCSU to engage alumni and friends in this campaign.

Fiedorowicz notes, “This is a wonderful tribute to an outstanding coach, mentor, and friend. Brenda Reilly touched so many of us throughout the years. Naming the softball field after her will keep her legacy alive and provide a fitting tribute where we can share her success and our great memories.”

The campaign is well underway. Donations will become part of the Brenda Reilly Scholarship and will support scholarships for CCSU’s female student-athletes.

Alumni and friends are invited to visit the campaign website—ww.ccsu.edu/Brenda—to post memories and photos, make a gift, and track the campaign’s progress. The site will offer current information about “Brenda Reilly Day,” when the University will host a celebration of her remarkable life and achievements.