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Former Conard Softball Coach Earns Hall of Fame Honors

Tom Verrengia gives his acceptance speech. Courtesy photo

Tom Verrengia, who coached softball at West Hartford’s Conard High School for more than two decades, has been inducted into the USA Softball of Connecticut Fastpitch Hall of Fame.

Tom Verrengia with his siblings: Judi Gallinotto, John Verrengia, and Lyn Markie. Courtesy photo


Former Conard softball coach Tom Verrengia (1996-16) was inducted into the USA Softball of Connecticut Fastpitch Hall of Fame as a player and a coach on Saturday, Oct. 22 during a dinner held at Whitney Farms Golf Course in Monroe.

During his 21 seasons at Conard, Verrengia’s teams won five league titles – in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2007, and 2009. They were the Class LL state champions in 2011, and won 282 games throughout his two-plus decades as the head coach.

Prior to succeeding Pam Moffo in 1996, Verrengia spent three seasons as the freshman softball coach at Hall under head coach Kathy Sweetland. Verrengia, who has been coaching travel softball with the Connecticut Tigers for the last 22 years with his brother-in-law, Steve Markie, was one of nine inductees into the Fastpitch Hall of Fame.

According to Hank Kortikoski, the Commissioner for USA Softball of Connecticut, “We are very happy and proud to have inducted Tom Verrengia into our USA Softball of Connecticut Hall of Fame. He has had, and is having, an outstanding career as a player and coach. It is quite obvious that he is loved by so many people that have been touched by him on and off the softball fields. He is more than deserving to receive this prestigious award. Tom’s involvement in our organization has made our organization better.”

USA Softball of Connecticut, formerly known as Connecticut ASA, began inducting players and coaches into their fastpitch Hall of Fame in 1971. Verrengia is the third West Hartford native to receive this distinction following James Berry in 2001, and Vincent Mahoney in 2014.

Hall of Fame plaque. Courtesy photo

Tom Verrengia with Caylee Johanson, who played for the Connecticut Tigers in 2007. Courtesy photo

From left: Colleen McTigue (Class of 1996), Jessica Rossano (Class of 1996), and Judi Verrengia (Class of 1995). Courtesy photo

2007 Connecticut Tigers team members Kate Mainelli (Hall Class of 2007), Kristen Montano, (Conard Class of 2007), Caylee Johnanson (Windsor Class of 2006), and Tracey Sanko (Windsor Class of 2007). Courtesy photo

Conard Softball Alumni: Judi Verrengia (Class of 1995), Jessica Rossano (Class of 1996), Lyn Verrengia (Class of 1993), Colleen McTigue (Class of 1996), Samantha Kradas (Class of 2012), Laurie Cersosimo (Class of 2001), and Lena Proietti (Class of 2018). Courtesy photo

Tom Verrengia with his Conard coaching staff of Sarah Foster (1997-16), and Greg Lund (2003-16). Courtesy photo

Connecticut Tigers coaches and players: Steve Markie, Catherine Davis, Kate Mainelli, Tracey Sanko, Tom Verrengia, Caylee Johanson, and Kristen Montano. Courtesy photo

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