Colleen Healy holds the distinction of being the first walk-on in UConn women’s basketball history awarded a full athletic scholarship via Naismith Hall of Fame Inductee & Head Coach Geno Auriemma and Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee, Associate Head Coach Chris Dailey. Colleen’s unconventional journey began at the University of New Haven on a split basketball/softball scholarship when a family tragedy triggered her to quit school to pursuit her dream to compete at the Division I level. Colleen continued her collegiate career at Eastern Connecticut State University where she started in left field for the 1990 DIII National Championship softball team lead by Head Coach Jeff Anderson. Colleen transferred 7 miles north to UConn where she served as the manager for the University of Connecticut 1991 Final Four Women’s Basketball Team. The following year Colleen would try out and earn a spot on the UConn roster wearing the same collegiate uniform with basketball icons Rebecca Lobo (Naismith Hall of Fame) and Jennifer Rizzotti (Naismith Player of the Year.) Colleen’s on court legacy would come during a key conference game against Georgetown where she would score the last 4 points with :38 secs to secure the victory. Colleen’s off court legacy includes graduating with Cum Laude honors.
Post-UConn Colleen qualified and completed the Boston Marathon and went on to complete 3 Ironman competitions (Lake Placid, NY). Colleen has leveraged her experiences since entering Corporate America applying a culture of excellence & integrity resulting in consistently achieve top sales & consulting honors across digital healthcare information/education fields (Merck & WebMD/Medscape). Colleen co-founded ORCA Leadership LLC: Beyond the Game Academy with Duke women’s basketball standout, and National High School Hall of Fame Inductee Missy West. The emphasis with athletes and parents is to recognize sport participation as a leadership laboratory, a platform to learn life lessons focused on Opportunities, Resilience, Contribution and Accountability.
Colleen traversed a path in her career requiring both the perseverance of accepting a walk-on’s role and the determination allowing her to make major contributions to the UConn Dynasty, business and through ORCA Leadership sharing her experience in an effort to pay it forward.