Lisa Lumbruno
Inducted in 2006
Lisa Lumbruno and her two younger sisters formed the nucleus of the East Granby Angels, a traveling soccer team coached by their father, Dick. When she entered East Granby High School, however, they did not have a girls soccer team. Lisa transferred into the Vo-Ag Program at Suffield High where, in 1978, her varsity soccer career began on Suffield’s newly formed team. A pioneer in the sport, she was an outstanding player and lettered in her three years at SHS while earning All Conference and All State honors as well. A prolific goal scorer, she led the team to the NCCC Title as a senior and to two appearances in the state open soccer tournament. That conference title was the first ever league championship for a SHS girls team. Lisa also played varsity basketball for three years, one year of varsity softball, and two years of track and field.

After high school, she attended the University of Connecticut from 1981 to 1984 and played on the women’s soccer team. The Lady Huskies went to the Nationals in all three of her seasons there. In 1981, the last year of the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women, the team finished third. In 1982 and 1983, UConn moved to the NCAA Tournament where they placed third and fourth respectively. During her tenure at Connecticut, the team had an overall record of 52 wins, 6 losses, and 3 ties…an outstanding run! In 1982, she played on the first women’s national team.

Lisa coached the State of Connecticut Integrated Soccer Team in 1987 when they played in the 7th International Special Olympics Summer Games in South Bend, Indiana. More than 70 countries participated, the largest amateur sports event in the world!

From 1999 to 2004, Lisa played soccer with a women’s team in the Nutmeg State Games that routinely won the gold medal, even qualifying for the National State Games in 2003. She competed in a rigorous Ironman Triathlon in Lake Placid in 2002, consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run.

Lisa is currently a Program Supervisor for the Connecticut Department of Children and Families and resides in Mansfield.