Kelly Patterson
Soccer, Basketball, Softball, Coach
Inducted in 2017
Kelly attended local Suffield schools prior to going to high school and then she entered Suffield Academy in the Fall of 1979. Before her freshman year, Kelly took advantage of TITLE IV, passed in 1972. In so doing, she became the first girl to make a Little league “A” program Kelly started for two years for the first Church coached by Dan Sullivan.
At Suffield Academy Kelly excelled as a three-sport athlete earning eleven varsity letters. In soccer she led he team in scoring and was selected to the All State team in 1982. Her senior team lost only one game.
In the winter Kelly played basketball where she led her team in scoring her junior and senior years. She made several all tournament teams including the All New England Prep team where she scored 27 points in a tournament semi-final.
Kelly played softball in the spring. She was voted to the Western New England All Star team as a shortstop. Her four-year batting average led her team hitting.
Patterson’s leadership was recognized by her teammates as she was elected co-captain of all three sports her senior year. Kelly won the Academy’s highest athletic award, the Butler Cup, given to the best female athlete.
After college, Kelly returned to the Academy where she still works and coaches. She was the assistant softball coach and she helped lead four teams to the Western New England championships. Three of these tams were undefeated. Kelly also coached basketball and soccer as an assistant. She coached a team in each sport that made the New England tournaments. Kelly’s versatility and athletic success have led her to her induction in to the Hall of Fame.