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CCSU's Ron Pringle enjoys success on and off the field.

There are many ways to achieve success within the sport of softball, both on the diamond and off, and Central Connecticut head coach Ron Pringle has many softball successes to his credit.

Over the past 13 years, the affable CCSU coach has guided the Central Connecticut softball program to 15 or more victories eight times. The 1990 Lady Blue Devil softball squad established the program's best Division I finish at 28-14. During that season, CCSU also set an NCAA record as the lady Blue Devils were successful on all 82 stolen base attempts. That mark still stands as the nation's best accroding to the NCAA Softball Record Book.

Pringle, who was honored with a 1992 induction into the Connecticut Softball Hall of FAme, retired in June of 1992 as an Associate Professor of Physical Education.

"We may not have won as many games as we'd like, but we have some wins that are a lot bigger than those you see listed in our win column," according to the veteran mentor as he heads into his 22nd season as the CCSU softball skipper."I continue to coach because our kids are the best things we have here at CCSU. I enjoy working with our student-athletes. They refresh you both physically and mentally."

Some of Pringle's off-field successes have seen former players go on to careers in social work, law enforcement, health and fitness, teaching, law, medicine, athletic training, journalism and scholastic athletic administration.

He knows something about scholastic basketball, too. Pringle serves as an assitant varsity coach and the jayvee head coach for former CCSU basketball and softball standout Beryl Piper and her highly successful New Britain High School girls basketball team. The 'Cane hoopsters were ranked as high as first in the state in 1997-98 and finished the regular season with a 19-1 reocrd and the Central Connecticut Conference South crown, along with the Class LL State Championship title. The 1998-99 Lady 'Canes defended their CCC South title and made it to the second round of the state championships.

Pringle began his collegiate career at Central Connecticut as a member of the men's basketball team in the mid-50's. He co-captained the 1956-57 club, coached by the legendary Bill Detrick, fo a fine 12-7 finish. The Westogue, Connecticut, native has also served as assistant coach of the CCSU men's basketball and soccer teams.

He received his B.S. in Elementary Education from Central Connecticut in 1958 and a Master's Degree in Physical Education from Southern Connecticut.