Joanne Leight, a Slippery Rock University associate professor of physical education and an SRU undergraduate and master’s degree graduate, has been presented the HERitage Award by the Pennsylvania State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
The Division of Sports and Athletics presented the award at last Saturday’s PSAHPERD Convention in Champion.
Leight, who joined the SRU faculty in 1996, was honored for her work as adviser to the coaching minor at SRU and her longtime association with athletics and PSAHPERD. She received the PSAHPERD Teacher of the Year award in 2009.
She earned her doctorate from Duquesne University.
The award cited her work as softball, volleyball and soccer coach at Westminster College, where her teams’ won the conference championships five times. She was named Coach of the Year five times at Westminster and has the record for highest winning percentage among Westminster softball coaches.
Upon returning to SRU, where she had played field hockey and softball as a student, she served as head softball coach for seven seasons.
Leight played softball with the Amateur Softball Association of American for 26 years, before retiring in 2008.
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