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Throughout her past three seasons on the Hilltop, Conlan has led the Hoyas to 35 victories and oversaw 18 BIG EAST weekly recognitions. She also oversaw 32 BIG EAST All-Academic players.
The 2014 campaign was a memorable one as Georgetown set a program record with 26 wins, finishing with a 26-22 overall record and a 12-8 mark in BIG EAST play, earning the No. 3 seed in the BIG EAST Championship. Four student-athletes were named to the post-season All-BIG EAST teams, and junior Megan Hyson was also named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division I All-Region Team. Additionally, the softball team excelled in the classroom, as 12 Hoyas were named to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team.
In 2013, the Hoyas finished 21-33 and 10-12 in the BIG EAST Conference, tying a then-program record in wins, including nine at home. This was the program’s first ever berth to the BIG EAST Tournament. In 2012, Conlan helped then-freshman Hyson earn NFCA Second Team All-Regional.
Conlan led Georgetown into the BIG EAST in 2009, guiding the team to an 8-13 conference record as the Hoyas adjusted quickly to the competition. Conlan helped freshman pitcher Mackensey Carter develop into an All-BIG EAST Third Team selection, the first conference honor that Georgetown’s program received. The Hoyas continued to grow under Conlan during the 2008 season, setting the first team record of 21 wins, nearly doubling their previous season-high (12) in victories. The 2007 season marked Conlan's first recruiting class, with the six freshman paying immediate dividends, as five became full-time starters. Among them, Conlan helped mold shortstop Samantha Peters into an All-Independent Top Newcomer selection, the team’s first post-season individual honor.
Prior to Georgetown, Conlan spent 14 years coaching for various collegiate teams and has proven a success with each program she has been associated with. In 2005, her final season as an assistant coach at NC State, she helped guide the Wolfpack to a 41-25 record. In her two seasons with the Pack, she was instrumental in the success of a pitching staff that compiled a 1.71 ERA, holding opposition to a .199 batting average, while recording 491 strikeouts in 227.1 innings pitched in 2005. The staff posted a 2.10 ERA, with 456 strikeouts and a .225 opponents' batting average in 399 1/3 innings pitched in 2004.
Before NC State, Conlan spent six seasons at her alma mater, the University of Connecticut, where she helped the Huskies finish in second and third place in the BIG EAST Conference in 2000 and 2001, respectively. In 2001, Conlan was a member of the National Fastpitch Coaching Association Northeast Region Coaching Staff of the Year.
Conlan also spent three seasons as the Fairfield University head softball coach, a position she gained after serving as an assistant coach there for one year. As Fairfield’s head coach, Conlan helped the Stags land runner-up in the 1997 MAAC Tournament and the program's first winning season since 1988. In 1997, she was selected as the MAAC Coach of the Year.
As a player at UConn, Conlan led the Huskies to a fifth-place finish in the 1993 Womens' College World Series. She earned All-America status and was named BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year, First Team All-BIG EAST, All-New England, All-ECAC and All-Northeast. In four years as a player, her teams captured four BIG EAST tournament titles, while she compiled a 55-17 career record on the mound. Conlan also set school records for wins in a season (26), shutouts in a season (14), complete games (26) and consecutive innings without allowing an earned run (73.2). Her 1993 ERA of .33 ranked second nationally as she allowed just 11 earned runs in 231.1 innings.
Conlan is a 1993 graduate of UConn and holds a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies. She is a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) and has previously served on the NFCA Ethics Committee from 2012-16. From 2012-15, she represented the Big East on the Head Coaches Committee. Conlan has served on the Board of Directors as a member of the Executive Board as a First Vice President from 2013-15, a Fifth Vice President in 2015-16 and as Special Advisor to the Executive Director in 2017. In 2018, she will begin her role as Vice President of Awards. She currently resides in Fairfax, Va. with her wife, Shanan, and their three children, Hayden, Owen and Reid.
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