Legendary Kate Mullen Added to Exclusive List of Connecticut Gold Key Award Recipients

The Connecticut Sports Media Alliance Presents Kate Mullen with Gold Key Award

Kate Mullen, the women’s basketball head coach at Wesleyan University, has been named one of the 2024 Gold Key Award recipients. This prestigious award, given by the Connecticut Sports Media Alliance (CSMA), recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to sports in Connecticut. Mullen is joined in the Class of 2024 by former Daniel Hand and Yale football coach Larry Ciotti, longtime Windham High School wrestling and football coach Brian Crudden, retired Pomperaug High School field hockey coach Linda Dirga, and award-winning sportscaster George Grande.

Mullen has had a storied career in Connecticut sports, both as a player and a coach. She graduated from Enfield High School in 1974 where she captained field hockey, basketball, and softball teams. After graduating from CCSU with a degree in physical education, she coached women’s basketball at Westfield State from 1981-85 and at Elms College from 1985-92 before becoming the head coach at Wesleyan in 1992. Over her coaching career at Wesleyan, Mullen has secured 367 victories and was named the NESCAC Coach of the Year in 2002-03. She led the Cardinals to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in 2004 and 2005, reaching the Sweet 16 in 2005.

Mullen has received several accolades for her coaching career, including being inducted into the Enfield Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Connecticut Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011. She also holds an adjunct professor position at Wesleyan’s Department of Physical Education and is the Senior Women’s Administrator (SWA) and Associate Athletic Director.

The Gold Key Dinner will take place on Sunday, October 20th at Aqua Turf Club in Southington. Tickets for this event cost $75 and can be purchased by contacting CSMA president Tim Jenson of Patch Media Corp. at (860-394-5091) or [tim

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