Mary Jane Weldin

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Mary Jane Weldin, a native Delawarean, has excelled in sports as a participant, official, coach, and administrator. A 1963 graduate of Laurel High, she earned 11 varsity letters in field hockey,
basketball, and softball. She graduated from the University of Delaware in 1967, which at the time had no women’s intercollegiate varsity sports. She coached softball at Conrad High for seven years,
winning two Blue Hen Conference championships. Transferring to the Colonial School District, she shifted her focus from coaching to officiating basketball at the high school and collegiate level. She
officiated the final game of the first Girls’ State Basketball Tournament and served on the tournament committee.

In softball, she was a feared pitcher and hitter, playing on semi-pro teams that won state tournaments and did well in regionals. But it was in racquetball that she really excelled. Mary Jane was
an outstanding racquetball player, competing on the state, regional, and national levels. She won 31 state titles including Women’s open singles; open doubles, and mixed open divisions. She won five
regional age group championships, and placed second or third five times in National Doubles Divisions. She was sponsored by Head and Ektelon sporting goods companies, an honor bestowed only to those
who compete at the highest level.

She is a competitive golfer and former executive board member of the Delaware Women’s Golf Association. In 2004, she was awarded the Senior Sportswoman of the Year Award by the Delaware Women’s
Alliance for Sport and Fitness.



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