Dec. 26, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - Peter Looney, an assistant softball coach at the University of Connecticut for 28 years from 1985 through 2010, passed away on Friday following a four-month battle with cancer. Looney, who worked with the Husky pitchers, was an instrumental part in eight NCAA tournament appearances for the Huskies, including one Women's College World Series berth in 1993, and seven BIG EAST Conference championships.
"It is an incredibly sad time for UConn softball as we mourn the loss of a great teacher, coach, mentor and dear, dear friend," said UConn head softball coach Karen Mullins.
Looney was highly successful high school coach in Massachusetts before joining the Husky staff and a noted softball clinician.
In 2001, he was a member of the Northeast Regional Coaching Staff of the Year. While at UConn, Looney has helped develop seven pitchers who have gained All-Region and All-BIG EAST honors a total of 40 times, including three who earned All-American pitching honors: Pat Conlan (1993), Kim Mizesko (1992) and Sue Rybczyk (1990).
He was the Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics at Stoughton High School in Stoughton, Mass., before coming to UConn.
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.
There will be a memorial service in New Bedford, Mass., on Saturday Dec. 31 at 9:00 a.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene on 764 Hathaway Road.