Immaculata University Magazine - Spring 2011 - page 65

Mulhern
Patricia
HOFFMAN
Bet t y Ann
C
oming to Immaculata from Arch-
bishop Prendergast High School,
Betty Ann Hoffman Quinn played
two sports at college, field hockey and
basketball. She played on both the 1972
and 1973 national championship teams.
Quinn graduated from Immaculata in
1973 with her degree in biology. She
holds master’s degrees in science educa-
tion and environmental toxicology, and
she has worked as a toxicologist at the
Environmental Protection Agency since
1992. While working as a science teacher
in the Lower Merion School District, she
continued pursuing her love of sports by
serving as the head coach of girls’ bas-
ketball and the assistant coach for girls’
field hockey.
Commenting on the game of women’s
basketball today, Quinn said, “Women’s
basketball has come so far since my high
school/college days. My freshman year
at Immaculata was the first year that
women played full court, five-on-five bas-
ketball, like the men’s teams did. It was
a significant change for me, because my
traditional position was stationary guard,
and stationary guards were limited to
the defensive half of the court (and, they
could only dribble three times before they
were required to pass the ball!). I feel
that the change to the five-on-five game
resulted in tremendous development of
women as skilled players and all-around
athletes, because now everyone had
to run, pass, and shoot. Today, I enjoy
watching women’s college-level games,
even more than men’s games. The team-
work, skill, and athleticism I see in the
women’s game is inspiring, and I wish I
could be out there with them!”
P
atricia Mulhern Loughran, who
played basketball at Villa Maria
Academy, graduated from Im-
maculata in 1977 with a bachelor’s in
psychology and education. She helped
the 1974 Mighty Macs team win their
third national championship. Loughran
remembers, “‘Home advantage’
always belonged to our team, even
when playing on opponents’ courts,
as we knew that the large segment of
Immaculata’s community who were
unable to travel with us were glued to
the radio at home, listening to each
play, cheering us on, and believing in
our success. We carried them with us
in our hearts.”
Loughran, currently a school
counselor, has also taught elementary
school and remedial reading. She
coached fifth and sixth grade girls’
Catholic Youth Organization basket-
ball from 1992 to 2002. She and her
husband John live in Broomall, PA,
and they have three children.
“The opportunities for women,
which began with basketball, but
extend to many sports today, are
endless,” Loughran comments. “How
exciting to reflect on the honor it was
to be a part of Immaculata’s team so
involved in contributing to the explo-
sion in opportunities and equality for
women in sports! So many programs
are available for young girls to partici-
pate in athletic activities.”
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