Three members of the Loomis Chaffee softball team participated in the Western New England Prep School Girls Softball Association’s annual All-Star Game on Sunday, May 7, where Loomis coach Betsy Conger received a service award for her long tenure as a coach and supporter of softball in New England.
The award honors Betsy for her 32 years as head coach of the Loomis softball program and for her “dedication and longtime effort in helping girls on and off the field.” Betsy started the softball team in 1986 with fellow faculty member Karen Parsons, and the team went on to win the New England championships in 2001 and 2003.
Westminster School head coach Mitch Overbye, who worked at Loomis with Betsy for 11 years, presented the award to Betsy during the All-Star Game, held at Choate Rosemary Hall. “Betsy mentored hundreds of young girls, and to this day she is remembered fondly not only for her tireless work serving as the president and the secretary for the Western New England Prep School Girls Softball Association, but for her help in growing prep school softball and giving young girls the chance to play and compete and make lifelong memories,” Mitch said in his remarks.
Although Betsy isn’t coaching the team this year, it isn’t a softball game on Audrey Field without Betsy Conger. “She is at every game and our girls love seeing her,” said assistant coach Hannah Insuik. “We’re so fortunate to have her supporting our program, and we will never be able to thank her for helping us get to where we are now.”
The team has one final game on Audrey Field this year, on Monday, May 15, against Founders League rival Kingswood Oxford, and you can bet Betsy will be there supporting the program she helped to build.