Hugh Greer coached the UConn men's basketball program from 1946-63.
Feb. 20, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - Former UConn men's basketball coach Hugh Greer and current women's lacrosse coach Katie Woods will be members of the inaugural class inducted into the South Windsor High School Hall of Fame.
The first SWHS Hall of Fame Dinner will take place on March 2, 2013 at Maneeley's Banquets and Catering in South Windsor beginning with a reception at 5:00 p.m.
A 1997 graduate of SWHS, Woods was a three-sport star competing in soccer, basketball and lacrosse.
Woods was a 2001 graduate of Drew University in Madison, N.J., and was recently inducted into the Drew University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012. A two-sport star, she competed in both soccer and lacrosse. She was a four-time All-Conference selection in lacrosse, also picking up two Regional All-America and one National All-America award. Woods also excelled in the classroom as a two-time Scholar Athlete award winner.
As a standout goalkeeper for the Drew University soccer program, Woods holds the season and career records for lowest goals against average (.70/season; .978/career), most shutouts in a season (twelve), fewest goals allowed in a season (fifteen), and the highest career save percentage in university history (.875).
Woods previously served as the head coach at American University, garnering 2008 Patriot League Coach of the Year honors. At American from 2007-2010, Woods led five players to Patriot League Player of the Year honors.
Woods became the head coach at UConn prior to the 2011 season and has led the Huskies to a 19-13 record in two years.
Greer was the head men's basketball coach at UConn from 1946-63, but before that had a legendary ten-year career at Ellsworth Memorial High School - now South Windsor High School.
Greer won a total of five state championships at Ellsworth - the first in 1939 as his team beat Farmington 39-21. In 1940, Ellsworth beat Glastonbury, 55-17, for the state championship and beat Bloomfield 39-29 in the 1941 title game. In 1943, a Greer-led team beat Tourtellotte 34-22 for the state title and won in 1945 with a 37-18 in win over Litchfield. Following that season, Greer left to become the freshman coach at UConn.
His teams at Ellsworth posted winning streaks of 67, 43 and 31 games. Greer was also the head coach at Glastonbury High School for four seasons and his overall high school head coaching record was 267-28. Greer was a native of Suffield and was also a teacher at Ellsworth.
Greer was a 1926 graduate of the Connecticut Agricultural College and was named head coach of the Huskies six games into the 1946-47 season. He led UConn to its first seven NCAA berths and one NIT appearance and compiled an overall head coaching record of 286-112.
He died (Jan. 14, 1963) after suffering heart attack at his home 10 games into the 1962-63 season. He is a member of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.