Mary Ann Hitchens

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Mary Ann, a four-letter Milford High School athlete in field hockey,basketball and softball, scored 1,017 career points in basketball. She began a two-year coaching career at Springer Junior High
School and two years of coaching basketball at Brandywine High School. She was a driving force in the development of women’s sports at the University of Delaware, coaching field hockey 16 years and
basketball seven years. Her field hockey record was 196-76-30 (.692%). In regional tournaments, her teams had one second place, two third place and three fourth place finishes; in national
competition her teams had one second place, three third place and two fourth place finishes. Twice, her field hockey teams were sixth and three times 12th in the Top 20 teams nationally. Her East
Coast Conference record was first three times and second three times over nine years. Coaching awards received were “East Coast Conference Coach of the Year” four times, players’ awards included four
scholar athletes, 17 “All East Coast Conference”, three “Players of the Year” and 14 All-Amencans. Her University of Delaware basketball record over six years (1971-78) was  70-42 (.625%). Six
of her basketball players were “Outstanding Senior Athletes of the Year”. In October, 2000 she was the recipient of the prestigious “Katherine Ley” award.



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