By Brett Wright
CHESTERTOWN, Md.- The Middle Atlantic Conference has announced that the late Penny J. Fall, former administrator and coach at Washington College, has been announced as part of the 2014 class of the conference’s Hall of Fame.
Fall, often considered a pioneer of women’s sports at the school, ran women’s athletics in its early days and later became Senior Woman Administrator. She also spent 20 seasons head volleyball coach from 1976-95, six seasons as head softball coach and 10 as the head coach of women’s tennis. Additionally, she spent time coaching the cheerleading squad.
During Fall’s tenure within the sport’s department, the number of varsity intercollegiate sports for women increased from zero to nine while the co-ed sport of varsity sailing was also added. Fall arrived in the fall of 1969 and continued to work within the department until she passed in December of 2001.
Fall was recognized for her work by the Governor of Maryland in 1984, specifically noting her efforts in achieving gender equality in Maryland’s educational institutions during the first decade of the Title IX Educational Amendment. The Washington College Hall of Fame inducted Fall in 1997.
Washington College was a member of the Middle Atlantic Conference until the Centennial Conference was formed in 1993.