Shana (Willis) O'Connor
Grad Year: 1998
Year Inducted: 2005
Shana (Willis) O’Connor ’98 is one of the most dominant softball players in Rhode Island College history. A pitcher and outfielder, Willis could control a game from the pitching circle or from the plate.
At the conclusion of her career in 1998, the Westerly native was RIC’s all-time leader in games played, at-bats, batting average, runs scored, RBI, hits, doubles, total bases, slugging percentage, pitching appearances, games started, complete games, wins and innings pitched.
For her career, she batted .362 in 124 games with 77 runs scored and 69 RBI. She has 28 career doubles, nine triples and two home runs. As a pitcher, O’Connor appeared in 95 games, starting 88 of them. She owns a career record of 44-44-1 with a 2.93 earned run average and 218 strikeouts in 582 innings.
She was a two-time All-Little East Conference selection during her career and was recently named to RIC’s All-75th Anniversary Softball Team.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a concentration in math from Rhode Island College in 1998. O’Connor is currently a math teacher in the Warwick Public School system.
She is the varsity head softball coach at Toll Gate High School. In just their second season as a fast-pitch club, O’Connor led the Titans to the Rhode Island Div. II State Championship in 2005.
She resides in Warwick, Rhode Island with her husband Thomas.