February 21, 2012

Reinalda To Be Inducted Into Cerritos College Hall Of Fame

Part Of Inaugural Class As Female Athlete

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Barbara Reinalda, who has guided the Yale softball team to 133 wins in her seven years as head coach, will be inducted into the Cerritos College campus-wide Hall of Fame in April. Reinalda is part of the college's inaugural Hall of Fame class.

Reinalda put the Cerritos College softball team on the map. As a member of the first two Falcon teams in school history, she was voted the conference's Most Valuable Player both seasons, went undefeated in her career as a pitcher and batted over .500 over the course of both seasons.

After completing her collegiate career at Cal Poly Pomona, Reinalda spent 19 years as a pitcher for the world-renowned Raybestos Brakettes of Stratford, Conn., and posted a career record of 441-31 with 19 perfect games. She was a member of Team USA during both the World Championships and Pan American Games and was inducted into the National Softball Hall of Fame in 1999. Additionally, Reinalda is a member of the ASA, Cal Poly Pomona and Connecticut Softball Hall of Fames.

At Yale, Reinalda is the second winningest coach in school history. In 2006, her first season solely in charge of the team, she guided the Bulldogs to 28 wins, only three shy of the school record. In 2009, Yale posted its best Ivy League record since 2003 and won at least 20 games for the fourth straight year.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity