Springfield, Mass. - March 10, 2017 - Springfield College is proud to announce that Lucille Kyvallos '55 is one of the five individuals who will be inducted into the Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 1st.
Kyvallos is regarded as one of the premier pioneers for women's basketball in the early days of women's collegiate sports. After graduating from Springfield College, she coached women's basketball at Queens College, where she owned an overall record of 239-77.
In 1973, she led Queens to the AIAW National Championship game before falling to Immaculata, 65-61, in the game that is considered a catalyst for growing the popularity of the sport as a whole. For their efforts, the 1972-73 Queens College team went on to be inducted into the NYC Basketball Hall of Fame. In 1975, Kyvallos led her team to a rematch against Immaculata in front of 12,000 spectators at Madison Square Garden, marking the first women's basketball game to be played in the arena.
On the national stage, Kyvallos served as a coach for the United States in the 1977 World University Games, in which the team won a silver medal. She has since been recognized with significant honors for her impact on the sport, including being inducted into the NYC Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000 and receiving the Lapchick Character Award in 2015.