Mary Bottaro
Mary Bottaro

Field hockey coach

Inducted in 2002

Central Michigan's field hockey coach from 1976-85, Mary directed the Chippewas to a fifth-place finish in the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women national finals in 1976 and a seventh-place slot in 1977 AIAW championships - two of the highest finishes ever for a CMU team and the Chippewas' first national recognition for a women's program ... her 10 teams posted a record of 119-74-8 and captured a pair of state and regional championships ... a native of Highland Park, Mary earned a bachelor's in 1951 and a master's in 1957 from Wayne State, and is a member of the Michigan Amateur Sports Hall of Fame ... she gained recognition as a basketball official and an international field hockey umpire, refereeing two World Cup Field Hockey Tournaments ... an All-American field hockey player in college, Mary is retired and lives in the Mount Pleasant area ... remains a loyal supporter of CMU athletics, particularly softball where she is the video specialist.

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