Fairfield, Conn. (June 26, 2013)—Former Sacred Heart softball coach Allyson Rioux will be inducted into the Fairfield Country Sports Hall of Fame announced Wednesday afternoon at a press conference at UConn Stamford's campus. Rioux, along with Dennis Paglialunga are the selectees of the James O'Rourke Amateur Wing.
Rioux coached the Pioneers in the fall of 1988 before passing away from a brain tumor in 1989, but she is mostly remembered as one of the greatest softball players in the history of the game, and one of the best female athletes to come out of Fairfield County. A three-sport standout in softball, basketball and field hockey at Westhill High from 1976-79, she then focused on softball making a name for herself as one of the nation's top players. She started her collegiate career with one year at Rhode Island before transferring to the University of Massachusetts where she was a second-team All-American shortstop her season year. Rioux then spent 10 years as the Raybestos Brakettes second basemen, winning five national titles and finishing runner-up four times. In 1985, she was named MVP of the National Tournament.
When she passed away at the age of 27, she was 8th in career games played and in the Top 20 in hits. Rioux was inducted into the National Softball Hall of Fame in 2009, the Connecticut ASA Hall of Fame in 1989 and the UMass Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.
The Allyson Rioux Memorial Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was set up in her honor. The foundation provides outreach support to the Stamford community, particularly those families experiencing financial hardship because of serious illness. The Foundation also recognizes an outstanding female athletes in Stamford each year by awarding the Allyson Rioux Memorial Award, which promotes character, spirit and ideals of Allyson.