Girls Basketball head coach Lisa Hodges was inducted into the Connecticut High School Coaches Association (CHSCA) hall of fame recently. We honor this accomplishment by looking back on her long and storied career at Kolbe Cathedral. Coach Hodges accomplished many things since she took over the head coaching job in 2003. In the twenty years since she began coaching, Hodges turned a sinking program around to be one of the most elite teams in the state of Connecticut. A team which was struggling to fill roster spots in the 90’s and early 2000’s is now a contender to win conference and state championships year in and year out. Coach Hodges brought her intense work ethic and unfaltering leadership to a team that was searching for something fresh.
The relationship that she built with the players is a bond that we still see today when former players return to visit. Hodges has been a mentor to so many of our young men and women not just on the court, but in the classroom as well. Coach Hodges preached the importance of getting an education and how being educated leads to future success.
Coach Hodges’ influence expands beyond the walls of Kolbe’s gym, however. Twenty-two players from Kolbe Cathedral have gone on to play at the collegiate level and two of them have gone on to play professionally as well. The life skills that she has imparted upon these students have developed them into intensely successful individuals and inspirational leaders of the future.