(Willis) O’Connor ’98
is one of the most dominant softball players in Rhode Island College
history. A pitcher and outfielder, Willis could control a game from
the pitching circle or from the plate.
conclusion of her career in 1998, the Westerly native was RIC’s
all-time leader in games played, at-bats, batting average, runs
scored, RBI, hits, doubles, total bases, slugging percentage, pitching
appearances, games started, complete games, wins and innings pitched.
career, she batted .362 in 124 games with 77 runs scored and 69 RBI.
She has 28 career doubles, nine triples and two home runs. As a
pitcher, O’Connor appeared in 95 games, starting 88 of them. She owns
a career record of 44-44-1 with a 2.93 earned run average and 218
strikeouts in 582 innings.
She was a
two-time All-Little East Conference selection during her career and
was recently named to RIC’s All-75th Anniversary Softball
a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a concentration in
math from Rhode Island College in 1998. O’Connor is currently a math
teacher in the Warwick Public School system.
She is the
varsity head softball coach at Toll Gate High School. In just their
second season as a fast-pitch club, O’Connor led the Titans to the
Rhode Island Div. II State Championship in 2005.
in Warwick, Rhode Island with her husband Thomas.