As we approach the middle of our winter season, I would like to take this opportunity to highlight one of our coaches. As you may know, high school coaches work long hours for little pay and the job is year round. Many coaches are on-call as a mentor to their athletes 24 hours a day.
Although we have many coaches in New Haven who fit that description, today I would like to talk about Catrina Hawley-Stewart. Catrina, who played at Providence College from 1998-2002, has been the head coach at Hillhouse for 19 years. During her tenure she has won 6 state championships and 4 SCC championships and has received many awards and accolades. This impressive list includes New England Coach of the Year 2011, New Haven Register Coach of the Year 2005 and 2019, New Haven Tap Off Coach of the Year 2009, and Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame Team of the Year in 2009.
Catrina has a strong desire to develop the young ladies that she coaches both physically and emotionally. Her goal is to develop the whole child to help students become successful in life way beyond basketball. Coach Catrina has coached over 25 students who went on to play college basketball including Connecticut’s first girls McDonalds All American and WNBA player.
Catrina was a first team all-state athlete herself and is currently a member of the West Haven High School Hall of Fame. Her number 41 jersey hangs proudly in the gym at West Haven High School.
She is a mother of three children and an outstanding role model for all the athletes she has coached through the years. New Haven is lucky to have her at the helm of Hillhouse basketball for so many years. Catrina Hawley-Stewart is New Haven Athletics!