Grad Year: 1979
Year Inducted: 2001
Elizabeth Penkala was an outstanding softball player during her career at Rhode Island College. She starred as a third baseman/pitcher from 1976-79. As a junior in 1978, she was named to the All-RIAIAW Tournament Team and posted a .326 batting average for the season. As a senior in 1979, she was an alternate selection to the All-RIAIAW Tournament Team and was named the Most Valuable Player of the RIC softball team. That season, she led the team with a .451 batting average and a 3.23 earned run average.
She continued to play and coach softball for many years after her career at RIC was over, winning many championships and several MVP awards in numerous leagues. After graduation, Penkala taught math in the Warwick School Department from 1979-82. She was an Assistant Softball Coach at RIC in 1980 and 1981. She moved on to the Bristol/Warren School Department where she has taught math since 1982. She was the Rhode Island Interscholastic League’s Fast-Pitch Softball Director from 1985-89. She was the Head Softball Coach at Warren High School from 1984-93 and is currently entering her ninth season as the Head Girls’ Tennis Coach at Mt. Hope High School. She is a 1999 inductee to the town of Warren’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
She is a 1975 graduate of Warren High School where she excelled in tennis, track & field, and basketball.