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Class of 2007
American International College (Mass.): 1969 - 2011
Judy Groff, a 2007 inductee to the NFCA Hall of Fame, started the softball program at American International College in 1969, and retired from it at the end of the 2011 season.
In her 43 years at the helm, she compiled a 974-634-5 (.609) record with 32 winning seasons. At retirement, Groff was fourth on the active NCAA Division II wins list and seventh on the all-time Division II wins list (by victories).
Groff guided the program to 14 NCAA championship tournament appearances, including a run of 10 in 11 years from 1993-2003, and led the Yellow Jackets to the Division II championship final eight in 1996 and 1997. AIC also captured eight Northeast-10 regular-season titles (1985-90, 1994, 1997), three NE-10 tournament championships (1987, 1996, 2003) and three ECAC Division II championships (1986, 1988, 1991).
She earned her 950th career win with a 2-1 victory over Stonehill College in the opening round of the 2010 Northeast-10 Championship Tournament. The sixth-seeded Yellow Jackets advanced through the loser’s bracket to the tournament championship final, marking the eighth time in program history that AIC played for the conference tournament title.
Groff is an eight-time NE-10 Coach of the Year honoree and garnered the NFCA Northeast Regional Coach of the Year award four times. She was inducted into the AIC Hall of Fame in 2011, and previously had received hall of fame honors from the Connecticut Scholastic and Collegiate Softball Hall of Fame (2003), the Women's Hall of Fame – Northeast New Agenda (2003), and the National Association of Girl's and Women's Sports Hall of Fame (1999).
Groff also served as an assistant director of athletics at the college and was the department's senior woman administrator. In addition, she compiled a 274-171 (.609) record as the head coach of the women's volleyball program at AIC from 1974-88, which she also founded.
She also had another honor rarely bestowed upon an active coach given to her on April 29, 2006, when AIC renamed the school's softball field the "Coach Judy Groff Softball Field.”
Groff earned a Bachelor’s Degree in physical education at West Chester University and later earned her master’s in education along with an Advanced Certificate from Springfield College.