STORRS, Conn. - Longtime UConn softball head coach Karen Mullins will join an elite group next year at the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Convention, as she will be part of the 2017 Hall of Fame class.
Mullins, who led the Huskies for 31 seasons, will enter the NFCA Hall of Fame in the Pioneer category - an area that recognizes someone who has contributed above and beyond to the sport of softball through service, leadership, coaching and participation.
The NFCA held its annual banquet on Friday night in New Orleans, La., which is where the 2017 Hall of Fame class was announced. Next year's convention will take place in Las Vegas, Nev. and Mullins will be inducted on Dec. 8.
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"Coach Mullins is going to be joining the most elite group among the coaching ranks as she is inducted into our NFCA Hall of Fame," said Jen McIntyre, current head coach of UConn softball.
"It is a true testament to her success throughout a storied career here at the University of Connecticut. Her legacy is defined every day by the impact she has made on the hundreds of young women she has coached," said McIntyre.
Mullins coached the Huskies to eight NCAA Tournaments throughout her career, reaching her peak at the College World Series in 1993. Her overall record stands at 862-636-5 while in Storrs, her alma mater.
From 1989 to 1993, UConn made five consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. During Mullins' tenure, the Huskies won seven Big East Tournament titles and four regular season titles.
Seven players earned nine All-American honors under Mullins, including three in 1993 - the season that UConn set a program-record with 45 wins and earned its first-ever victory in the College World Series.
Mullins graduated from UConn in 1979, playing on both the softball and basketball teams. She earned her bachelor's degree in physical education and her master's degree in sport management.
"Coach Mullins served the University, our community and sport with class and integrity. I am honored and humbled to follow her career and look forward to celebrating her achievements next fall as she will be awarded our Coaches Association's most prestigious honor," said McIntyre.