Chesapeake College Athletic Hall of Fame
Student Athlete, 2004-2006
Ms. Connolly, who played two seasons with the Skipjacks' women's softball team, set school records for hits and runs scored during her sophomore season in 2006. Ms. Connolly finished fourth that season in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference batting race with a .526 average. She served as captain of the 2006 team that became the college's first women's softball team to win 20 games in a season.
Ms. Connolly, who compiled a 3.96 grade-point average at Chesapeake, is an auditor for Bond Beebe, a Bethesda-based accounting and advising firm. She also volunteers for Spay Now Animal Hospital in Grasonville.
"Katie was exactly what you'd want in a student athlete," said Frank Szymanski, Chesapeake College's athletic director. "She was a great student, a great competitor, and just an outstanding player. She was one of the key players on a team that finished third in the region (2006)."
Dr. John R. Kotula
Dr. Kotula – a former minor-league baseball player – served 15 years as president of Delaware Technical & Community College prior to becoming Chesapeake's president in 1992. During his tenure, Chesapeake revived its women's softball, basketball and volleyball programs. He was also instrumental in establishing the college’s annual golf tournament, which funds the bulk of Chesapeake's athletic scholarships.
Dr. Kotula, named one of 50 "Blue Chip" transformational college leaders by the University of Texas, earned the first Northeast Region National Council on Black American Affairs Presidential Award. He also won the Distinguished Alumni Award from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Since retiring, Dr. Kotula has served as chair of the Wellness Community of Delaware and on the boards of Wilmington Trust and the American Red Cross of Delmarva. Dr. Kotula and his wife, Connie, reside in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
Student Athlete, 1997-1999
Mr. Todd was a third-team all-Region XX selection in 1998 and second team all-region in 1999, finishing eighth in NJCAA Division II in scoring as a sophomore in addition to claiming the national rebounding title. He was named to Chesapeake's Dean's List three times and was a Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Society inductee.
Mr. Todd went on to play basketball at Salisbury University before becoming a physical education teacher and high school basketball coach. He served as assistant principal at Annapolis High from 2005 to 2009 and was appointed assistant principal at Arundel High in 2009.
Mr. Todd lives in Stevensville with his wife, Alison (who attended Chesapeake with him) and sons Jacob and Nicholas.
"Jim had great basic skills, a strong work ethic and was a leader for us from Day 1," said Norm Amorose, his coach at Chesapeake College.
2009 Women's Softball Team - Region XX champions, World Series participants
The 2009 women's softball team compiled a 23-15 mark, setting a school record for wins in the process, and went undefeated in the NJCAA Division II Region XX tournament. The Skipjacks, who won the college's first Region XX softball title in 28 years, went 19-5 in league play to finish second in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference.
Chesapeake College 2009 Women's Softball Team