Kathy Walling, a member of the Connecticut High School Coaches Association and Connecticut Field Hockey halls of fame, died earlier this month unexpectedly, according to Lori Riley of the Harford Courant. Walling, who coached at Hall for 17 years, was 65.
“She was a pioneer for women’s athletics in our town,” former West Hartford athletic director Betty Remigino-Knapp told the Courant. “Look at all the sports she coached, all the contributions she made. She was so involved in so many aspects of sport in the state and the countless number of young women she mentored was impressive.”
Walling coached four girls sports at Hall, starting the lacrosse, golf and volleyball teams, and leading Hall to the 1977 Class LL girls basketball championship game, where it fell to Lee of New Haven.