May 19, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut softball coach Karen Mullins, who had directed the Husky program for 31 years, has announced her retirement.
Mullins, who began coaching at UConn in 1984, led UConn to eight NCAA tournament appearances and a trip to the NCAA College World Series in 1993. Mullins concluded her UConn career with an overall record of 862-636-5, and including two years at Nichols (Mass.) College in 1980 and '81,her overall career record is 872-636-5. She is just one of less than 50 coaches in the history of college softball to post 800 or more career wins.
"I want to thank the University for the opportunity to return and coach at my alma mater," said Mullins. "I was truly blessed to have had that opportunity and it was an incredible ride. I want to thank all my former and present players and assistant coaches for their commitment and contributions to the UConn legacy."
"Karen Mullins has had an incredible career here at UConn and on behalf of the entire University, I want to congratulate her and thank her for three decades of service," said Director of Athletics Warde Manuel. "Her student-athletes were successful both on the field of play, in the classroom and in the community. Karen's dedication to the sport of softball and to UConn is recognized across the country."
Under Mullins, UConn made five consecutive NCAA National Tournament showings from 1989-1993, and also qualified in 1995, 1996 and 2001. Her UConn teams have advanced four times to the NCAA regional championship game (1989, 1992, 1993 and 1995), winning the NCAA regional title in 1993 en route to its berth in the Women's College World Series.
UConn also won seven Big East tournament titles and four regular season titles during her tenure. UConn had nine players earn All-America honors during Mullins' career.
In 1999, Mullins was inducted into the Connecticut Scholastic and Collegiate Softball Hall of Fame
Mullins is a 1979 UConn graduate, where she earned her bachelor's degree in physical education and also received her master's degree in sport management in 1980. She was a standout basketball and softball player as an undergraduate and was awarded a UConn Senior Athletic Medallion from the University upon graduation.
She is a former nationally-recognized Major League Fastpitch Softball infielder and was the co-founder of the Single A Major Waterford (Conn.) Mariners softball team.