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Peter Looney, a noted softball clinician and a former highly successful high school coach, will be celebrating his 28th season as a Connecticut softball volunteer pitching coach in 2008.
In 2001, he was a member of the Speedline NFCA Northeast Regional Coaching Staff of the Year. While at UConn, Looney has helped develop six pitchers who have gained All-Region and All-BIG EAST honors a total of 39 times, including three who earned All-American pitching honors: Pat Conlan (1993), Kim Mizesko (1992) and Sue Rybczyk (1990).
The part-time Husky pitching mentor is the former Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics at Stoughton High School in Stoughton, Mass.
Prior to his duties at Stoughton, Looney served as the girls' head softball coach and Director of Physical Education for 13 years (1975-87) at Apponequet (Mass.) Regional High School. A two-time Massachusetts High School Coach of the Year and the 1981 National High School Coach of the Year, Looney led Apponequet to 13 league championships, five South Region titles and five Massachusetts State Finals, as Apponequet won the Massachusetts Class L (large school) State Softball Championships in 1979, 1982, 1986 and 1987.
He is a 1966 graduate of Murray State, where he received a bachelor's degree in physical education and social sciences and was a four-year letterwinner in cross country and track. Prior to that, he received an associate's degree from North Carolina State in Recreation, Maintenance and Management. He later received his master's equivalency in athletic administration from Bridgewater (Mass.) State College.